Why the Google Nexus 7 Has Become My Go-to Device of Choice

Why the Google Nexus 7 Has Become My Go-to Device of ChoiceLike many of you who spend your time reading the informative articles here at LockerGnome, you most likely have a large assortment of devices at your disposal. I know that my personal arsenal is extensive, including three laptop personal computers, one desktop personal computer, two Android-powered cellphones, an Apple iPad, an Amazon Kindle Fire, and now a Google Nexus 7. However, I should clarify that the Apple iPad is actually my wife’s prized possession and the only time I get to use it is when something of mine doesn’t work right.

From the onset of this article, I must admit that I am biased when it comes to the 7″ size factor. My bias began when I first purchased the Amazon Kindle Fire, which was first released last year. At that time I became immediately mesmerized with its lighter weight and found the 7″ size fit my needs better than the smaller screen of a cellphone or the larger bulkiness of a 10″ tablet. However, even when other devices offer the advantages of a 7″ size, I find that there are two things about the Nexus 7 that other tablets will find hard to beat:

  • The 7″ Nexus is the perfect size to slip in the back pocket of a pair of jeans, making it a breeze to transport.
  • Price, price, price. At $199, the Nexus 7 is 50% less than the Apple iPad 2.

What I Like About the Nexus 7

When I bought the Nexus 7 I thought to myself that it would just be a replacement device for my Amazon Kindle Fire: no more, no less. However, this all changed in a hurry when I received my device. First, surfing on the Amazon Kindle Fire was painfully slow. In fact, I noticed it most when I used applications intended to assist me in searching for article ideas that I could write about here at LockerGnome. One of the problems with these searches using my Amazon Kindle Fire was that, while it was okay to read a book on the clarity of its screen, when it came to websites, it was less than optimum — and this is where the Nexus 7 shines. In fact, the quality of the Nexus 7 makes reading anything and everything easy due to its screen clarity.

How Did the Nexus 7 Become My Go-to Device of Choice?

First, surfing was enhanced since the Nexus 7 is available with the Chrome browser that syncs seamlessly with any other browsers you may have installed on other devices or computers. Unfortunately, however, the Chrome browser is only available for installation on Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean powered devices. This is a selling point to me as my devices use both Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean themes, and I have always found the Chrome browser to be fast and easy. In fact, it actually mimics what I do on my desktop computer, relieving me of the need to maneuver my large laptop when I wish to browse the Internet while watching the evening news.

The next advantage that I find in using the Nexus 7 is that it is great for streaming media from applications like Netflix. It shines in this area because, no matter where I am, the screen is big enough and clear enough to make streaming enjoyable. Of course it helps that my 4G-enabled smartphone allows me to connect even if there is no Wi-Fi connection available.

Next, I found a case/keyboard (see links below) combination for $12 that has converted the Nexus 7 into a full-fledged typing machine. Even when I am away from my laptop computer, I can log onto Google Docs to either start a new article or edit an article in progress, thus freeing me from the restraints of being strapped to the hefty weight of a laptop computer. This unique little case/ keyboard also works to provide ample protection for the Nexus 7 unit itself.

But the greatest benefit as far as I am concerned is that Google and its newest Android OS, Jelly Bean, is a pleasure to use. In fact, this innovative OS allows me to read my email, surf the Internet, listen to audio, or stream video using a powerful device that is small enough to carry in my back pocket or, if I choose, within the protection of a case/keyboard. Amazing as it may seem, I have actually found that in recent weeks I have been using my Nexus 7 more often than I have been using either my laptop or smartphone.

If you own a Nexus 7 device, share your user experience with us.

Comments welcome.

Source: SANOXY USB 2.0 Female to Micro USB Male OTG(On-The-Go) Cable Adapter

Source: 7″ Tablet Stand with USB Keyboard — Black Faux Leather Carrying Case

You will need both the case/keyboard and OTG adapter to work with your Nexus 7. Prices for these products are subject to change. When I purchased both products, the pricing was $12 for both and included free shipping. Today (August 21, 2012), when I looked up the price for the products, pricing for both was under $10.

CC licensed Flickr photo above shared by johnbiehler

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • http://twitter.com/PeteyPablo623 Pete Puebla Jr.

    I want one!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/kriskropd Kris

    I’m using mine a lot more than I expected I would’ve as well. In its favor, there are several dependable vnc and ssh applications on Google Play which bring my desktops and servers with me (Using Irssi Connectbot and Jump Desktop atm). I’m a bit disappointed that there is no WebGL support though, perhaps in the future.

    Thank you for the keyboard+case+adapter combo suggestion, I’ve been looking for a solution to that.

  • Danielle

    I bought mine as a replacement for my smart phones WiFi issues. See I have the matrix 2 and its WiFi use is shotty at best. I couldn’t be happier with how easy it is to type on it. I think the size and speed will be wonderful assets as the semester continues. I went with the iblason leather stand up wake/sleep case with stylus (which has been very handy) and screen protector sheet. :-)

  • Erik Nielsen

    I want one so bad. i think that its the best tablet on the market.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

    I really want to get one. They look absolutely amazing for the price. However, my budget doesn’t allow it for now. This is definitely throws the heat on to Amazon to Make the Fire 2 better. (No pun intended)

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.epperson Andrew Epperson

    I find it interesting but i just havnt bit the bullet on buying it for some reason

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.semper Mel-Geek Semper

    it sounds nice but i pass on Nexus 7. i’m a ipad loyalist. I tried the Xoom and it was mad and it killed all android tablets for me. so sorry nexus 7 i pass. however i’m give window8 tablet as shot..:D

    • Ron Schenone

      If the rumors are true, a 7″ iPad mini pay be coming our way.

  • Curtis Coburn

    My Nexus 7 has been amazing. I carry it in my pocket, and it can basically do everything on it. All my social media is there. My books are there, news articles are there with Currents. And best of all, the games are there. I recently gave up playing console games, so all I play now are tablet games. Been playing Dead Trigger for a while and to tell the truth, this games is better than console gaming. (My opinion).
    Dark Meadow is another great game out there, made perfect for the tablet.

    But I am not too happy with the design. I like most things on it, but with the speaker facing away from me, it just doesn’t work too well. Sound is going away from me, so I have to turn it up to full blast.
    When I carry it in my pocket, the tablet will turn on, and maybe do some things I don’t want it to do. So I carry it less frequently in my pocket.

    When watching movies, I noticed that for some shows, the boarders will be trimmed, so, I’m watching on like a 6 In form factor.

    But for the price, It’s the best tablet you will get. I love it.

  • http://www.anthonyguidetti.com/ Anthony Guidetti

    I own a Kindle Fire, and the experience has always been less than satisfactory so I never really use it in comparison to my laptop, but the Nexus 7 seems like something I would use a lot more.

  • http://ironiclee.blogspot.com/ Jentylee

    I have wanted one for so long; especially since they are just under $200 w/o taxes. But the$25 Google pay reward makes me want them even more..

  • Abel Luna

    I’ve always wanted to have an android tablet, and from what I hear, the Nexus 7 is the way to go. The only reason why I haven’t actually bought one is because I’ve already invested so much money on iOS that it would be a shame having to start all over on Android. Also, the fragmentation issue is a big problem for me.

    • Hamza Salau

      fragmentation is not an issue on the nexus 7 being a nexus device it gets it s updates first and directly from google hell even the nexus s(2010) is upgradeable to jelly bean

  • http://www.facebook.com/brad.tomlinson Brad Tomlinson

    I would like to get a 7 inch tablet, and this article makes be want one even more. I currently own a Nook Simple Touch, which is just an e-reader, two laptop PCs, and an Android smartphone with Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system (OS). I have wanted a Nook Tablet, especially since the price has come down, but I cannot afford one even with the price reduction. When I am ready to get a 7 inch tablet, I may end up getting the Google Nexus 7 because of the Jelly Bean OS if I can purchase my Barnes & Noble (B & N) books on the Nexus 7 as well. Of course by the time I can afford one (can I win the lottery today?), B & N may have upgraded the Nook Tablet to the Jelly Bean OS. They will have to do that if they want to compete with Google and Amazon in the 7 inch tablet market.

  • Daniel Mraz

    Not much bad can be said about this tablet. Everything he said in the article is exactly what I think about it, that’s funny… Yeah it has a small card, but it’s just google’s strategy to get you to use their cloud.

  • http://www.caseyfrennier.com/ Casey Frennier

    I’ve been using a Nook Color with Cyanogenmod on it for some time now. I love the 7 inch tablet size. iPads are just to large and too expensive. They don’t fit in a pocket and because they’re not cheap you need to put them in some kind of case. That just makes them really cumbersome for me. If i’m going to carry all that around i’d rather lug around a laptop.

    The Nexus 7 is at the right price point. Google must have paid attention to the HP Touchpad Fire-sale and the Kindle Fire’s success. The only thing the Nexus 7 is missing for me is a miroSD card slot. If it had that and kept its great price I’d have bought one already.

  • steve__w

    I love the Nexus 7 too.

    The only problem that I have is that clicking on a link in Gmail sometimes reuses an existing tab in Chrome and I can’t even go back to the previous url. All I can do is to try to find it in the history, chrome://history/, if I remember!