I pre-ordered the Google Nexus 7 Tablet today, and I should get it sometime in July.
Ever since my son commandeered my Amazon Kindle Fire, I’ve been looking for a replacement. I use my iPad for most tablet work, but enjoy the Android interface as well. I also miss the 7-inch form factor for comfortable reading.
At today’s Google I/O 2012 event, Google announced the new Google Nexus 7 Tablet. The device starts at $199, same as the Kindle Fire, but also comes with a pricier $249 option that includes double the memory for a total of 16GB. I also get a $25 credit for apps, books, movies and now TV shows and magazine subscriptions.
Jelly Bean: the Main Draw
One of the things that really drew me in was Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Since this device grabs the Nexus name, hopefully it will also get updates quicker than most of the other tablets out there. I like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch and nearly bought one. I waited, hoping to see what would come out of Google I/O and I’m glad I did. I doubt the Samsung will see Jelly Bean this year, if ever.
It’s a real shame that you can’t count on getting timely updates with Android devices. The Nexus name implies that won’t happen, but we’ll see.
The device looks like it offers great performance with a 1GB of RAM and a Quad-core Tegra 3 processor. The 1280×800 resolution will play 720p HD content and the IPS display should give it a crisp look for reading and playing video or games. I’ll likely move my magazine subscriptions over to the new device, depending on how they look and perform.
The manufacturer of the Nexus 7 has a good track record from my experience. I bought an Asus EeePad Transformer last year and really liked it. The beautiful display and decent performance made it a treat to use, especially after returning another Android tablet before it.
I’m concerned about finding decent tablet apps, a long time Achilles heal for Android tablets. I don’t think the 7-inch screen will pose as big a problem compared to larger 10-inch displays. All the apps I used on my Kindle Fire looked good and the Samsung Galaxy Note gets a tablet categorization from the Google Play Store and I’m using a lot of good apps on the phone.