I received my Nexus 7 Tablet three days ago and was as excited as a little kid on Christmas. I opened the box and there it was in all of its black glory. It’s sleek, small and handsome. Bet you never thought you’d hear those three words together. Before I begin my review, I must note that I have never owned an android and have used one so few times it’s probably not even worth mentioning.
I’m going to break my review down by several categories: usability, design and functionality.
Cost: $249 (I got the 16gb version)
Overall: Great buy and better than the Amazon Fire and a bargain at the $199 starting price.
Design: Its sleek and very light. The biggest flaw is that the home and apps screens to not flip with the tablet, only applications themselves to. Occasionally the touch screen gets tired and doesn’t work quickly.
Usability: I’m new to android so there is definitely a learning curve if you’re going from iOS. Jelly Bean is wicked fast though and things are customizable. If it’s not intuitive out of the box, you can make it more comfortable to use. There are also several apps that will allow you to completely alter the home screens and widgets.
Functionality: Google will sync all of your Google products with your tablet making everything you need right at your finger tips. This is crucial for people who use Google products like AdWords, Gmail, docs, Google+ etc. Integration with its products is impeccable, obviously a given. The Nexus does have a NFC (near field communication) chip in it allowing for the use of Google Wallet. I’m still playing with Google Wallet so a review of that will come soon.
Tips and tricks: The Nexus 7 fits most Amazon Fire covers, though the Nexus is slightly thicker. The Fire’s power cord will also charge your Nexus and you can read your Amazon books and listen to your Amazon mp3s on the tablet with the use of Amazon apps.
Is the Nexus an iPad killer? No, but it’s definitely a rival. Its small design makes it easier to transport and use when on the subway, walking or multitasking.