Why I Pre-Ordered a Google Nexus 7 Tablet

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.

This is the Google Nexus 7.

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Excellent Specs

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.

Tablet Apps

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.

  

Comments

  1. chris says

    the nexus 7 looks like a nice device, i just can’t come up with a good reason to buy a tablet with today’s specs. i already have a nexus phone, will get the SGS3 in a couple of weeks, and the new nexus phone when it drops later this fall. to me, a current tablet is just a big phone that i can’t make calls with and isn’t powerful enough to replace my laptop. make me a tablet with a terabyte of storage, 8 gigs of RAM and the latest gen intel I7…i’d be first in line for that. until then, i guess i’m stuck lugging my lappy around and sporting what ever the latest phone happens to be.

  2. Tim says

    Remember, google said that 4.1 was given ahead of time to some manufactorers, and that future releases will be seeded to them a few months in advance. Seeing as Samsung is the largest seller of android devices, I can’t see google not including them into that circle.

    I’m waiting because I need at least a 5pm rear camera to take scans of documents, and a LTE connection with ATT since I have 2 unlimited iPad plans.

  3. vdsomaiya says

    hi Sir,
    would u please let me know how to pre order nexus 7 tablet?
    AS i wish to gift to my grand daughter on her birthday in july.
    hope to hear u soon.. thx and regards
    vdsomaiya

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