The Nexus 7 2 is an upgrade from the previous model in every respect other than battery size.
Google claims that the 3,950 mAh battery lasts up to nine hours with active use. This matched up quite closely with our mixed use tests on the tablet, which covers a little gaming, browsing, reading and watching media.
Our video test was conducted with the screen at 50% brightness using 720p video stored on the tablet. The Nexus 7 2 managed just over 6 hours of video of playtime. That’s less than the previous model, but the benefits of the svelte design warrant the slightly shorter life-span in our eyes. It’s also not bad considering the battery is smaller, while the screen higher res and the speakers louder.
The new 2013 Nexus 7 may not seem like such a major upgrade from the 2012 model, but Google has managed to resolve many of the issues of an already very good first stab at a 7-inch tablet. It’s one of the most compact tablets on the market, and, other than the very iffy camera, is very accomplished.
Since our original review, the Nexus 7 has been discontinued, as you'd expect from a three-year-old tablet. There are some great alternatives, such as the Google Pixel C. It's substantially more expensive but with its still fairly compact size and included keyboard, it's a great option for people who want to get some work done on occasion.
The Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380C is also a good shout; while it's not the highest-quality machine it's a great budget option.
The Nexus 7 2 is better in almost every single way than its predecessor. It’s slicker, faster and sleeker than any other 7-inch tablet on the market right now, and only the rear facing camera really lets it down. At £199 it’s also a little pricier, but well worth the extra pennies.