Google Nexus 7 tablet – My First Impressions

A few days ago I received my Nexus 7 tablet pre-order. This is the tablet including Google’s latest Android operating system – Jelly Bean. And not only does it have the most up to date OS from Google. Not only is this thing equipped with a 1200 x 800 IPS screen, 1GB of RAM, quad-core processor, Tegra 3 graphics, 9 hour battery life, and front-facing 1.2 MP camera. It blows the current edition of the Kindle Fire out of the water spec wise. This device is as fast as the iPad if not faster then iPad 3 in browser the web. In fact, my tests found the Nexus 7 was 3 seconds faster then iPad 3 (both using the Chrome browser). Those are some of the pros. This device is seriously lacking in content in the Google Play store. The Google Books doesn’t compare to the Kindle app (Good thing I can load my Kindle app). The magazines, TV shows and movies are OK but nothing close to what Amazon has to offer.

A quick run-down of my pros and cons
My Pros:
  1. Nice form-factor to read, browse the web while laying back in bed or on a sofa.
  2. Just the right size for watching videos and playing casual games (not FPS for me on this form-factor).
  3. Connects up to all of Google’s offerings (GDrive, YouTube, GMail, Chrome, Maps, & etc).
  4. Is very fast. No slouch when it comes to speed. Everything just loads when seconds.
  5. Google Now (a Siri like feature) is an added touch.
My Cons:
  1. The form factor is too close to the 4 & 5 inch Android smartphones coming out to warrant a tablet like interface so the majority of apps will be smartphone apps.
  2. Viewing magazines, PDF documents and interactive books is not usable in this form factor. On a 7 inch screen your constantly zooming in and out to see the full page and read the text. Text view is pointless to me for magazine. This why I reserve magazine reading on my iPad via Newstand and the Kindle App and leave ebook reading to the Nexus 7.
  3. 8 GBs (or even 16 GB) is not enough storage space to make this device your stand-alone go-to tablet device. I have the 8GB version so I plan to stream most of my content (videos, music, & etc) or removing it once I’ve consumed it.
  4. No 3G/4G connectivity (WiFi Only)
  5. No accessories such as a cradle or charging station or ability to side load content via SD card (however you can via USB drive).
Overall I like the device for what it is. An advanced touch-enabled (lay back) experience tablet. Even though I wish there was one device that would suit my needs. I’ve come to the conclusion that one device will not suffice. For instance, my laptop is for the lean forward experience (sitting up in a chair); something I spend 8-10 hours out of my day doing. The iPad is the lean back (chilling in my chair or sofa) experience where I can lean back to experience the content in a more relaxed fashion. Finally,this leaves me with the one experience many people don’t talk about often- the Lay Down experience. This is where the The Nexus 7 fits the experience perfectly.  The iPad and all its glory is too big for laying down and bed to read or watch movies. 7 inches fits on one hand easily as well as my back pocket.
If your wondering which device to get – an iPad or 7 inch tablet like the Nexus 7, I would ask where do you plan to use the tablet mostly. If your answer is in bed or lying on the sofa, I’ll recommend you get the 7 inch. However, if you primarily plan to use a tablet as a semi-laptop replacement then get the iPad. Or in case your a gadget hound and find yourself using gadgets 24/7 then treat yourself to the Nexus 7 if you already have an iPad.
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