Mini Review: Nexus 7 Tablet

October 4th, 2012

Trying out the Nexus 7 tablet this week and thought I would share first impressions. This is Google’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, a product not intended to complete directly with the iPad, but rather fill a niche in the content delivery category. So far, I’ve been really happy with it. For those unfamiliar with this diminutive tablet, it’s manufactured by ASUS and retails for $200 through various outlets (I bought directly from Google). Mine also came with a $25.00 credit for the Google Play — which is the online space Google uses to sell media like books, music, and movies. I really like the fact this tablet arrived pre-installed with all my Google account information. Basically, all I had to do was turn it on and enter my Google password. One of the things that really attracted me to this tablet over the Kindle Fire HD is the fact it runs an unaltered version of Android. The Amazon tablet is built on Android, but it has a custom operating system that sits on top and doesn’t allow the user to run standard Android apps. No worries about that with the Nexus 7. I also like the design and construction. The iPad has a smooth metal back, which I’m not crazy about. The Nexus 7 has a textured rubber back, which I think makes the tablet easier to hold. The screen is not quite as nice as the iPad, but it’s IPS, so viewing from an angle works fine. Here’s my quick list of pros and cons for the Nexus 7:

Pros
1. Solid construction
2. Fast processor
3. Good integration with Google apps
4. GPS and mapping

Cons
1. No HDMI out
2. No rear facing camera
3. No SD or micro SD card slot
4. Bad internal speaker

Despite the negatives, I think the Nexus 7 is a great product. I’ll even go so far as to say I like it a little bit better than the iPad (although Apple has a better selection of apps). We had a Samsung Galaxy Tab here at work a while back and I really enjoyed using that tablet as well. There are probably some folks who are just going to prefer Android over iOS and I’m beginning think I might be one of those people.

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