*My pal Tim recently bought a Nexus 7, and I asked him to share his thoughts. You can get more Tim over at his blog
First Impression on the Google Nexus 7
I received my new Nexus Tablet a couple of days ago and here are my first impressions.
The tablet is light and the size is great! It is easy to hold either
one-handed or two-handed and the keyboard is easy to use either way, the sound is quite impressive for such a small device too. There are
only three buttons , a power button, and the two volume
control buttons, all located on the right side of the tablet. They’re
easily accessible without getting in the way while using apps. The
headphone jack and usb ports are at the bottom which I have always
liked. It does feature a front facing camera, which I have yet to
So far all of the apps I have work great! It is super-fast and the screen is beautiful. The device came preloaded with the latest Bourne series book and Transformers: Dark of the Moon which showcases the Nexus’s book reading and movie showing capabilities. Both of which are impressive. As for an e-reader it is a perfect size and the auto dimming screen seems to allow for perfect reading in any light, including sunlight.
When I opened the device it greeted me with a personal greeting and once synched to my Google account downloaded all of theavailable/compatible apps I had already downloaded to my phone. I thought those were nice touches and made me feel more comfortable from the first time I touched the device. All of the apps run similarly if not identically to the phone counterparts.
As for the battery life of the Nexus 7, it is advertised as having “9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading and up to 300 hours of stand-by time.” In my experience (so far) I have kept the Wi-Fi on all day and used it intermittently, and the battery lasted for (an estimated) 22 hours. I was pleasantly surprised when picked it up this morning and it still had about 15% battery left after sitting all night. I am impressed with the batteries longevity
while resting most of the time, but am interested to see how it works with some heavy app usage…
There are only two drawbacks so far. A lot of apps that I have on my
phone are from the Amazon App Store, which as of now is not compatible
with the Nexus device. I am sure this is only because the Jelly Bean
OS is new. There is no doubt in my mind that my apps that are not
currently compatible will catch up soon. The other is the size of the
widgets. The Twitter and Facebook apps are added to the screen in the
same size as on a phone. The problem with this is that when laying out
a screen you are often left with small gaps between your widgets,
which is just annoying to me and ruins the devices otherwise extremely
appealing look. Many of the Google widgets, such as Gmail, My Play
Library, and calendar, are adjustable, which is the perfect solution
to the issue.
I hope that with the increased use of tablets, especially Android powered tablets, both of these issues will be resolved very soon.
Tim’s blog “The Side Effects of Boredom” covers a variety of topics, from sports and movies to comedy and high nerdity.