I’ve been thinking about a tablet for awhile now, and I’ve finally just recently acquired a Google Nexus 7. These are my thoughts on it after the first couple of weeks of ownership.
- At $249 for the 32GB version, the price is right. It’s WiFi only, so I don’t have the luxury of being connected anywhere like you would with a 3G or 4G device, but I don’t have the monthly bill that goes along with that capability either.
- The 7” screen form factor is super handy. It’s easy to hold, easy to pack around, just the right size for working with apps…I really like it. It’s significantly more convenient to me that the 9.7” screen on my wife’s iPad.
- The down-side of the 7” screen is that it’s a bit to small for general web browsing. I end up either holding the tablet too close to my face or having the zoom in on the text too much of the time. The larger iPad is certainly less work for every day surfing.
- The processor speed is amazing. I never have to deal with lag. Everything is fast on it, all the time. The difference between the Nexus and my HTC phone, which also runs Android 4 (albeit 4.0, and not 4.2, like the Nexus) is night and day.
- The built-in keyboard is horrendous. It’s fine for entering passwords, but the auto-correct was so terrible it became virtually unusable the first time I tried to type anything longer. It was bad enough to immediately drive me out looking for a third party keyboard replacement. A friend had recommended the Adaptxt keyboard for Android phones, and I saw that they’ve come out with a tablet version as well, so I decided to give that a try. I’ve been happy with it so far.
- The only other thing I think people might miss (I personally don’t) is a back facing camera. It’s got a front-facing camera so you’re fine for Skype, or Google Hangouts or what have you, but you can’t take pictures with it easily. I’m content to use my phone (and my actual camera!) for that instead, so it doesn’t bother me.
So for me so far, it’s been a great tool. It’s significantly reduced the amount of time I spend on a regular computer for non-work stuff, and it’s really a pleasure to use. I definitely recommend it.