Automatic updates of apps and the operating system. At first I was hesitant of both. Why? I was too tied into the Apple way of thinking where it was on me to take the time to update apps I had to wait cautiously with a new OS update for fear they didn’t have all the bugs worked out yet. Auto update on the Nexus 7 is slick and happens at night for me so I wake up with fresh app updates and am ready to get working instead of wasting time updating something the system can and should do for me.
The size. Many longtime iPad users worry the smaller screen won’t be enough for them. Not me. this was actually one of the big draws of the Nexus 7 for me. The iPad always felt too big and too delicate, like I was going to smash that pretty screen into a million pieces. The lightweight and smaller Nexus 7 is a more enjoyable tablet because of its size. You can easily hold it in one hand to read at night without your arm getting tired. And the 7″ screen is perfect for the distance you hold the device away from your body: your eyes can actually process everything on screen at once without having to pan around like on the iPad. Also, the Nexus 7 is very lightweight, which is a relief from the hefty weight of the iPad.
The physical design is just sexy. There are no buttons on the front face, just one solid screen of glass. There are only two buttons on the device, both located on the right side: power and volume. At first I was worried about not having a physical home button, but I appreciate the extra real estate given to the screen. Also, the digital home button rotates when you turn the device landscape so it’s easy to jump back home without worrying about where your physical home button is now. The padded back of the device is comforting, giving you extra assurance that you have a grip on your device. The whole product just looks sleek and attractive.
The value. It’s not enough that the Nexus 7 is far more inexpensive than the iPad at a mere $229 for the new 16 GB model, but you can double the space for only $40 more. Try doubling your space with Apple and you’re having to pony up a hundred-plus dollars. The Nexus 7 is $100 cheaper than the iPad Mini, and for that paltry price you get twice the processing and speed of the iPad Mini. Plus, it’s a nicer looking device than the iPad Mini.
All your favorite apps are here. One of my biggest fears going into getting an Android tablet was whether or not it would have all the apps I wanted and was used to on the iOS system. I had heard Android had fewer apps. I’m here to tell you I haven’t had any problems. All the main apps people are fond of are there. You can use all your social media apps. You can still access Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote. There are a slew of games. And, just like on iOS, there are plenty of free apps.
Elise Pears says
My husband wants the Nexus 7 so bad! I'm glad the positives outweigh the negatives
marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings says
oh you know how I love my nexus 7 seth as soon as I found out the new one has a rear facing camera I've been trying to figure out if I want that with LTE or a smart phone finally. ahhh decisions. don't be surprised if I assault you with questions next time I see you
Janie E. says
My husband JUST got this tablet to replace the iPod touch he's begrudgingly been using for the deployment so far. But the iPod was free, so he kinda sucked it up. But he's very close to taking a hammer to it and wanted something better. I set it up when it got here and I have to say – it is INCREDIBLY easy to use and that is coming from someone who is very touchscreen illiterate. You hand me a device with a touchscreen and I give up. I was raised by a computer genius and I'm married to one, but a touchscreen is my weakness. I actually set up and got everything ready for him with no problem whatsoever…and I want one now 🙂
Cranberry Morning says
Thank you for that review. If I ever get into the whole world of notepads and apps, I'm going with the Nexus 7 because of this review. Besides, I get a little sick of hearing about Apple. 🙂