The 2013 iteration to the last year's best-selling Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet is now out in the Philippines! You can get it from Kimstore for only Php 11,800 for the 16GB WiFi-Only variant and Php 14,800 for the 32GB version.

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If you own a first generation Nexus 7 and you're thinking twice about upgrading to the follow-up or if you're simply scouting for an affordable tablet that performs well, let me give you five reasons why you should consider getting the Nexus 7 2nd Gen.

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1. It's slick, slim, and light. 2013 Nexus 7 is 1.8 millimeters thinner, 6 millimeters slimmer, and 50 grams lighter than the slate it superseded. This makes the new Nexus 7 easier to hold with one hand or to carry in a bag. It also doesn't hurt that the device has tapered sides making it look even thinner and that the textured plastic back case doesn't only look quite attractive but also helps prevent the slate from accidentally slipping your grasp.

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2. Its display looks great. The revamped Nexus 7 flaunts a 7-inch LED-backlit LCD with 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution and 323 ppi pixel density, which are a big jump from the 800 x 1280 pixels pixels resolution and 216 ppi pixel density of 2012 Nexus 7's display.

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iPad 4's Retina Display has pixel density of 264 ppi. The New Nexus 7's IPS display has 323 ppi.

3. It has really powerful innards for an entry-level tablet. The device runs the latest version of Android OS - that's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean - with a Quad Core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU and Adreno 320 GPU in Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro chipset and handles multitasking with 2GB of RAM. For a slate in this price echelon, these specifications are already top-notch.

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During our testing, Nexus 7 2nd Gen got an Antutu Benchmark Test score of 18,339. Such high score is reflected in the very smooth touch response and gaming experience that the tablet delivers. Frankly though, if you're coming from the 1st Gen Nexus 7 and you don't play specs-intensive games on your tablet, you won't really notice a major improvement in performance.

4. The 5 MegaPixel main camera at the back delivers decent shots.

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Unlike last year's release, 2013 Nexus 7 comes with a 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera at the back, which should come in handy for capturing moments and sharing them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, among other social networking sites. I don't think the main camera has BSI sensor (that would have allowed it to take far brighter images indoors or in low light conditions) but the resulting images are clear and crisp enough to be further improved and manipulated using photo-editing applications like Aviary or Camera360.



Users still get a 1.2 MegaPixel front-facing cam with BSI sensor - just like that of Nexus 7 1st Gen - but it has been improved as it now gives far more vibrant colors and slightly more crisp details for better-looking selfies.


5. Offers great value for the money - I know it's hard to believe that you can get all of these cool features  - on top of USB On-The-Go, Qi wireless charging, and NFC support - on a device that only costs Php 11,800 (or around the price of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 WiFi-Only, for example, which has inferior specifications apart from the bigger albeit less crisp screen and the larger battery pack) -- but believe it. Oh, and another cool thing about it, Nexus 7 2nd Gen will let you enjoy the latest Android firmware upgrades from Google well ahead of others so if you're a big Android fan, this slate is definitely for you.

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Google Nexus 7 First Generation and Second Generation, respectively.

Again, Google Nexus 7 2013 is out now at Kimstore, my trusted online store. TP Friends, if you're getting your tablet from my friend Kim Lato, don't forget to mention "TechPinas", who knows, she just might give you a small discount!