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Google, $249

★★★★ It may or may not be an

‘‘iPad killer’’ but it’s cer­tainly a game-changer. Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, made by ASUS, is much more tech­nol­ogy than any­one should ex­pect for $249. The 7-inch tablet is a solid unit with the lat­est soft­ware and hard­ware clearly op­ti­mised for its use, in­clud­ing a quad-core pro­ces­sor. When pow­ered up and filled with Google Play apps, this tablet mul­ti­tasks ef­fort­lessly and rarely pauses. The new An­droid soft­ware, Jelly Bean, should re­ceive part of the credit and also

de­liv­ers new and cute an­i­ma­tions. Its size (1cm thin) and weight (340g)

make it com­muter­friendly and its 7-inch 1280x800 dis­play is easy on the eyes. It’s miss­ing high-end fea­tures, but the 8GB or 16GB Nexus 7 is a com­pelling starter


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