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The Nexus 7 Android Tablet from Google

I’ve been putting this post off, and it has been hard. I usually like to declare my love for a new gadget just moments or hours after unboxing it; I’ve had a lot of tablets over the past couple of years that I’ve done that with, only to later change my mind, so I thought I’d use the Nexus 7 for a little while and then splooge about how much I love it, here on my blog.

First of all: Oh man, oh boy, oh wow, oh geez. What a nice tablet!

Now that that’s out of the way, I’m sure that anybody finding their way to my blog, be it through social channels or key words on Google, has read enough Nexus 7 reviews since it launched, so I’m going to breeze through the details of the Nexus 7:

  • Display: 7” IPS, 1280x800, 216ppi
  • CPU: Quad-core Tegra 3
  • Memory: 1GB ram, 8GB storage, no external SD slot
  • Other stuff: Bluetooth, Wifi, 1.2mp front-facing camera, GPS, NFC,
  • Android Version: Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • Price: 8GB £159, 16GB £199

The Nexus 7 comes with the newest version of Android - Jellybean - which isn’t a massive leap in Android versions (like 2.3 to 4.0), it’s only a point release (4.0.x to 4.1.x), but it has with it some massive changes, such as:

  • It’s faster/smoother than ICS
  • Notifications have been overhauled
  • Widgets are more responsive, and can be positioned more easily
  • The keyboard is smarter
  • It comes with ‘Google Now’
  • Chrome comes as the default browser
  • Gmail has been improved for tablets

Hardware

I find the 7” form-factor to be great, and the weight of the Nexus 7 is really good too.

I’ve bought a couple of accessories to use with the Nexus 7, all of which were very cheap and have been really useful:

Software

Being a long-time Android user, I’ve already got a whole library of applications that I like to use on Samsung Galaxy S2. All of the applications I’m able to install most of the applications I’ve previously bought on my Nexus 7. I find myself using the Nexus 7 to consume information more than anything. Here are some apps that I use for that:

As the Nexus 7 has Tegra-powered graphics, it can handle some great games. Some of the games I enjoy are:

As well as the usual Angry Birds Space, Cut The Rope, etc.

Unfortunately not all games are compatible with the Nexus 7, so I’m still waiting to be able to play Worms on the Nexus 7!

Besides consuming information, and playing games, if I’m not at a computer I use the Nexus 7 to write posts for my blog using a combination of Dropbox For Android and Droidedit, I might write a blog post about that later.

About the author

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Max Glenister is a Front-end Developer based in Oxfordshire. For work he spends his time designing, validating and implementing user interfaces. For fun he tinkers with Virtual Reality, 3D printing, embedded systems, game development and many other things.

You can keep up with Max on Github, Twitter and Reddit