Nexus 7 Impresses
You could say I am an Apple fan. I bought a powerbook G4 and I have been happily buying Apple products ever since – macbook pro Core Duo, ipod touch, two ipads and last week I bought a macbook air. I haven’t paid much attention to Android phones or tablets, because I was very happy with my Apple products. However, My mother came to visit and brought her brand new Nexus 7 with her and asked me to help set it up. I was really impressed with the Nexus 7 and here are the reasons why.
Nexus 7 Size and Price
Steve Jobs didn’t like the idea of a 7 inch ipad. While the ipad is bigger and more expensive. The Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are 7″ and about $200 or $300 less than an Ipad. The Kindle has been successful in the tablet space, I believe for these two reasons. The Nexus is clearly aimed at competing on price and size. Many analysts predict an ipad to start competing in the space.
Nexus 7 Hardware
The Nexus has very solid technical specs for the form factor. Mashable compared the technical specs. I can tell you from the brief time I spent with it, the Nexus felt very responsive.
Nexus 7 Android Interface
My brother-in-law seems to be anti-apple and he has been pushing me to get an Android phone. The couple of phones he has showed me didn’t impress me. It seemed like a rip off of the ipad interface. I am not sure if I didn’t look closely enough or its the Jellybean upgrade, but I really liked the way the interface flows on the Nexus 7. It is very intuitive.
Having just bought a new macbook air, its harder to justify a Nexus 7 purchase. However, I do rely on a few other devices. I have a long commute to work and I have an ipod and old GPS.
My Rationalization for the Purchase
I did some research and the Nexus 7 can act as a gps, replace my ipod and maybe a bit more. I found “Transform your Nexus 7 into a car tech powerhouse” by Antuan Goodman. I can carry around one less device and it should be able to do more. The only thing that may change my mind is a Apple ipad mini in a 7 inch form factor that competes on price. Apple should be worried and developing a ipad mini.