At a mere 12 ounces, Asus and Google's Nexus 7 is, pound-for-pound, a processing champion. The seven-inch tablet features the latest version of JellyBean (Android 4.2), offers nine hours of uninterrupted HD video playback, the complete Google package – YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Maps – and a "Siri-like" assistant that is, well, better. Simply hold down the command button and ask a question, like, "Where is the nearest CrossFit," and Google Maps will identify the closest gyms in your vicinity. Or, ask it a factual question and it'll search the Web and offer an answer.
By compiling information from your search habits, purchases, location, and calendar events, the Nexus 7 provides answers to questions you haven't yet asked – such as a map detailing the route to the gallery opening you put into your calendar, or your temporary commute to the convention center when you're in, say, Las Vegas for work for the week.
Of course, all Android apps are available for download, including e-reader software, such as Kindle and Nook.
The Nexus 7 is available with 16GB of storage for $199 and 32GB of storage for $249. With HSPA+ mobile data, the 32GB model jumps to $299, providing go-anywhere internet access through over 200 GSM providers, including AT&T in the United States. [from $199; play.google.com]