Nexus 7 TabletUI

I bought my Nexus 7 exactly a week ago. I’ve been using it non stop since it arrived on the Wednesday afternoon. It’s a beautiful piece of equipment, my first personally owned tablet and I’m totally in love. I’ve already recommended a few friends to purchase one if they ever want an authentic useful tablet experience. I was sceptical to purchase at first, with the issues surrounding the delivery issues with Google Play orders, the smaller 8GB model being the only available for order (with it possibly not being enough space too) and with the issues surrounding the touch screen “ghosting”, gaps between the case and screen glass. But I decided if I had those issues, I would send it back. I have no issues at all with mine. I just wish the communication with Google would have been better. I’m very impatient and hate waiting to see a order status change.

But onto the subject of this post. It’s about the PhoneUI that is used on the Nexus 7. At first I accepted it, but after rooting, I decided to play around with the DPI settings (as I have in the past with my HD2) and I discovered more insight over at XDA-Developers on how to activate the TabletUI. I’m defiantly keeping the TabletUI over the PhoneUI, it looks stunning and crisp on the Nexus 7. In my opinion it makes the device a better pleasure to use. I’ve taken the liberty to take screenshots of the device on both 160 DPI (TabletUI) and 216 DPI (PhoneUI).

Scroll to the bottom of this post for instructions of how to activate the TabletUI.

Lock Screen. TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)







Home Screen TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)

There is another advantage to using the TabletUI, screen rotation. Rotation is locked in PhoneUI. Click these links for horizontal views:


Applications TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)


Widgets TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)


Recent Applications TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)


Google Play Store TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)


 App Details  TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)


Notifications TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)

When you click the settings button at the top of the PhoneUI Notification window, (next to rotation lock) it takes you to settings. If you click the settings button on the TabletUI Notification window, it displays some settings inline. Click here to view an image of what I mean.


 YouTube App TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)


 Settings TabletUI (Left), PhoneUI (Right)


If you want to change to the TabletUI, you have to be rooted. There is a oneclick application for Windows called Nexus Toolkit. You can find information on Google and XDA-Developers if you need more information. I might create a guide but there’s already a few out there. When you are rooted, download an app from Google Play called “ROM Toolbox Lite”. When you open the app, flick to the left, to show the Performance page. Click the “Build.prop Tweaks” button. Drag the slider for “LCD Density” from 216 to 160. Click apply and wait for a reboot notification. When prompted select Yes to reboot. Job done!

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3 thoughts on “Nexus 7 TabletUI”

  1. “Drag the slider for “LCD Density” from 231 to 160.”
    I think you meant 213, just wanted to mention. I manually edit my props by hand, so nice to know what to go back to.

    1. Ah thanks. Yeah I manually edit it on my phone, first time I did it on my Nexus it bricked for some reason, so used the toolbox – has built in adblock and DNS settings which is handy 🙂

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