I’m back to using my iPad as my primary tablet after a few weeks of doing most of my mobile tablet computing on the Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Google and Asus produced a great 7-inch tablet and I love it. It’s close to being the tablet I’ve wanted since I began using tablets with the similarly sized Samsung Q1 Ultra.
However, they left off one important feature that sent me back to my iPad when I’m out and around away from home or the office.
Like chocolate chip cookies without the chips, a tablet without persistent wireless network access doesn’t fit my usage anymore.
When Google and Asus introduced the Google Nexus 7 Tablet I loved the smaller, more portable form-factor. It’s comfortable. I check my email, Twitter, read a few web sites, find a movie time or a good restaurant and then put it away. It even fits in my pocket and feels more like I’m carrying a paperback book or a small DayTimer, something I used for about 15 years before going to a PDA and later a smart phone.
The Google Nexus 7 Tablet fits my lifestyle nearly perfectly and I love the tablet. I get the same long battery life and ease of use that the iPad offers. Tablet apps work great on the device and blown up phone apps look pretty good most of the time since the jumpt from 4 or 5 inches to 7 inches isn’t that big. It’s almost the perfect solution.
For everything it does right, one thing is missing. I miss constant connectivity via 3G or LTE. I got so used to using the 3G of my iPad 2 and now the 4G LTE of my New iPad, that carrying the Nexus 7 feels limiting. Most places I roam offer Wi-Fi so it only bothers me about a third of the time. However, those times were enough to send me back to my Verizon 4G LTE iPad that sat at home.
Readers might ask why I don’t tether with my Samsung Galaxy S III? I do. However, that’s not as quick or complete as built in 4G LTE on the new iPad. I need to turn on the personal hotspot feature each time I want to connect so I don’t end up with a dead battery on my phone.
What does this mean for people who want or need Internet access 100 percent of the time? It means, Google needs to go back to the drawing board and release a similar device with 4G LTE built into the device.
I could even see a new phone that offers a huge screen even larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note that the user can connect to a nice Bluetooth headset like my Motorola Elite Sliver so I can carry one device and use it as a phablet and make the occasional phone call when needed?
This also means that Apple can jump into this space and produce the rumored new mini iPad with 4G connectivity and sell millions to people like me who now want a smaller talbet with always-on Internet access.