Google Nexus 7 7-inch tablet has officially launched in Malaysia in September 2012 and I was invited to the launch event. In this article, you will learn about the Nexus 7 price in Malaysia, hands-on, and buying advice.
Nexus 7 is powered by the fastest mobile processor, latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 1280×800 IPS display, good battery life, and only weight 340 gram.
Nexus 7 in Malaysia
In U.S., you can buy Nexus 7 8GB at only USD$199 (RM607), but the model is not available in Malaysia. In Malaysia, you can only buy Nexus 7 16GB, price is RM999. Also, no free USD$25 Google Play credit (Ish!).
RM999 for 16GB Nexus 7 is more expensive than in USA (USD$249 / RM760). Is Asus trying to make some profit by selling 16GB model in Asia? There are reports saying Asus is selling Nexus 8GB at a loss.
Regarding Google Play Store, Google has no promise when to open full fledged access (Music, Movies, Books, Magazine) in South East Asia.
Nexus 7 hands-on
The stippled black rubber back cover make the device very nice to hold in hand. There are wide space at the top and bottom of the display (vertical mode), which are good for resting your fingers without activate the touchscreen display.
Nexus 7 has minimum buttons and ports: power button, volume control, headset jack, micro-USB port. No rear camera (1.2MP front-facing camera only), no memory card slot. The display is crisp and bright. System response time is good. It is also the lightest 7-inch tablet I tested to date.
LiewCF’s Buying Advice
In short, Nexus 7 is today’s best 7-inch tablet under RM1000, provided you don’t mind the missing rear camera and no stylus pen. It is good for reading, watching videos and playing games.
As an iPad (1st generation) owner, I was considering Nexus 7 8GB as my 2nd tablet because it is cheap, lightweight, fast. I don’t need large storage for music & videos. Too bad, 8GB version is not available in Malaysia.