Like 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.
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