The new Nexus 7 has been in the hands of the average consumer for less than a day and the disassembly wunderkinds at iFixit have already posted a striptease.
Update: Apparently i am the one person in the world who didn’t know that this tablet had wireless charging. (What can I say, I didn’t pay much attention to the launch. After all the leaks I was bored with the story.)
Their efforts have confirmed the specs released before the official launch as well as the FCC filing, and iFixit also found a feature that isn’t mentioned on the product page, spec sheet, or press release.
In addition to stereo speakers, NFC antenna, and all the other components we already knew about, the new Nexus 7 has an inductive charging antenna.
That is against the back panel, and according to iFixit there’s also a controller chip for it. Unlike the CPU and wireless chips, that chip was provided by Texas Instruments.
I got my unit this afternoon at BB. My local store had a huge pile of them in one of the locked cases, and I’m sure most stores were equally well supplied.
So far I am finding it to be an interesting tablet but I have yet to be amazed. It’s a polished and well-refined design which is easy to hold in one hand between thumb and fingertips, but I do not care for the non-removable bloatware or Google’s attitude towards registration. I much prefer a more generic Android experience.
I’m still not sure I am keeping it, but I plan to play with it for a few more days before making a final decision.