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Seven Reasons to Love the Nexus 7

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The Nexus 7 is an attractive $199 tablet, especially considering its less than half the cost of a new iPad. But there’s a lot more to like about the Nexus 7 than its low price. The iPad is still king of the consumer tablet world, but the smaller and cheaper Nexus 7 is better in some departments.

As with any gadget, picking the right tablet is a highly personal decision. It’s impossible to question the iPad’s booming success since it debuted a little over two years ago, but Apple’s insistence on a one-size-fits-all solution has left a gaping hole open for the competition.

Perhaps Apple will introduce a smaller iPad when it releases in iOS 6 this fall. But for now, the Nexus 7 is the compact tablet to keep an eye on.

Read: Google Nexus 7 Review

Here’s a list of seven things we love about the Google Nexus 7:

Google Nexus 7 is a Lightweight 

Google Nexus 7 review

The Google Nexus 7 is easy to handle, weighing it at just 12oz.

At just 12 ounces, the Google Nexus 7 is easy to hold for extended periods, such as reading several chapters, watching an entire movie or beating an entire game. You’ll barely notice the Nexus 7 in a coat pocket or in your gadget bag. The new iPad weighs in at 23 ounces, almost double the Nexus 7′s weight. Reading for hours without using a case with a kickstand can strain users’ wrists and gaming for hours can get tiring.

Google Nexus 7′s Low Price

There’s so much packed into the Nexus 7 that it’s hard to believe it only costs $199 (8GB) or $249 (16GB). Google’s not looking to make a huge profit by selling the Nexus 7, opting for lower price points to get it into more users’ hands. You might as well take advantage of the low price while you can.

Read: Where To Buy the Nexus 7

Jelly Bean – Android 4.1

Jelly Bean offers the best Android experience to date. Android is smoother than ever and there are countless little improvements over Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.1). To get a peek at one of the biggest improvements in Jelly Bean, check out the project butter demo video below.

Unfortunately, most Android users won’t get to see Jelly Bean any time soon. Many Android phones are still two major updates behind, while others are just getting Ice Cream Sandwich. The Nexus 7 is the quickest way to get a taste of Jelly Bean without buying a new phone off contract.

Google App integration

Google’s Android Apps are generally better than their iOS counterparts.

Nexus 7 Google integration

Sign in once and access your information in all these apps.

A Gmail account is required to setup the Nexus 7, which is then automatically used whenever you launch a  Google app, such as YouTube or Google Earth. Heavy Gmail users and Google Apps customers will benefit the most fromt he tight integration.

It’s a Nexus

The vanilla Android experience is the way to go. Nexus devices are the first to get Android updates and are free of carrier and manufacturer add-ons, such as apps and themes. The Nexus 7 will be ahead of the curve compared to other Android tablets, which is especially important for early adopters.

Google Now

Google Now is perhaps the most unique part of Android 4.1. Instead of searching for information, Google Now attempts to predict what information users need at any given moment and presents it them automatically. The information is based on personal information, such as calendar appointments, location and search history.

Here is a Google Now video overview. Currently, the only way to experience Google Now is to buy a Nexus 7 or the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The Nexus 7 is Fast

The combination of Android 4.1 one and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 technology makes for a silky-smooth experience. The user-interface and built in apps are speedy as you’d expect. Games like Shadowgun, a first-person shooter, are a pleasure to play on the Nexus 7. If you’re a gamer you’ll want to load up a Nexus 7 with THD titles from the Play Store. These HD games feature amazing graphics and are much more complex than typical smartphone games.

These kinds of games show exactly why the Nexus 7 is such a great value.

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

4 Comments

  1. HypeBuzz

    07/19/2012 at 3:06 pm

    I must try Google Earth for Android on my Samsung s2. Wish I have Google Nexus :)

  2. joshc

    07/21/2012 at 9:17 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Gaming is awesome, seriously good and with the Nexus 7′s Tegra 3 it has leveled the playing field. It’s as good as iOS, actually make that better, especially for for gaming. Jelly Bean is amazing to use – so smooth. Android just gets better and better. Nice review too!

  3. danny

    09/14/2012 at 1:00 am

    couldnt agree more, gaming is just perfect, i had an ipad 3 and a samsung galaxy tab 10.1, but the nexus super smooth, great performance, excellente browsing internet, is for me the perfect tablet

  4. Nelson Marquina

    10/25/2012 at 1:15 pm

    I use my Nexus 7 specifically for ebook reading and audiobook lstening, and I find such a joy. I ike the fact that you can buy books from any source as long as you download the right apps. This is a beautififully well-built tablet.

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