I would like to point out that I love Apple and have no complaints about the way they do things. I am very comfortable on the iOS platforms, and was frankly unsure that I would be able to adjust to the world of Android. Moving over was not difficult at all. There was a minor learning curve, but I actually liked a lot of the features Android had over the ones iOS offered.
I did not get a chance to “root it” or try and put together my own apps, though I would definitely do that if I had the time.
A Few Notes:
The Nexus 7 has a Quad-core Tegra 3 processor. The first game I tried to play on it looked awful and I wasn’t sure why, until I found out that there are games that are optimized for the Tegra 3. After learning that, I got to see how good games look on it.
I tried out a Voip app that lets you use Google voice to make phone calls. It’s really fun to hold this giant thing up to your head and place a call.
For whatever reason, I found the volume button to be the part of the tablet with the steepest learning curve. To turn it up, I feel like I am turning it down, and vice versa for turning it down. I think that this is because when you turn it sideways, it does not invert the controls to make more sense with the position you hold it in.
There is no physical “Home” button like there is on the iPad, and I found myself constantly trying to press one. Thats not a big deal and I think I would rather have an onscreen button over a physical button just because my iPhone’s button is failing.
Best Buy does not carry the Nexus 7. For some reason, they have a deal with Samsung that keeps them from selling the Nexus 7, so you have to buy it from Staples, Amazon, Walmart, or basically anywhere except for the store that is supposed to be the electronic superstore.
Lighting fast- which makes it super nice for checking email, surfing the internet, and multitasking
Gorgeous display- Movies and books look great on it. Works as a second display with your computer by using the Splashtop App.
Just the right size- Not too big, not too small. Fits in most pant pockets, but I was able to use it for most of my daily work on a laptop
OS is solid- Android got the recipe right with 4.1 Jellybean. Adding widgets, and customizing things by having interactive backgrounds, was a foreign concept after being locked into iOS’s ways of doing things.
Price Point- Only $249 for the top model!
No Micro SD Slot- You can go with 16GB or 32GB and unlike some of the other Android tablets out there, this one does not have a slot for more storage. The solution would be a flash drive with a micro USB tip, but it still would be nice to have the option to install more storage space.
No Rear Facing Camera- I didn’t think this would be that annoying until I wanted to edit some of the photos I had taken, and I was forced to email myself.
No additional ports- One micro USB did not seem like enough ports when there was no extra slots to store things. This isn’t that big of a deal, just something I would like to see.
No App Store- Don’t get me wrong, the Android marketplace has a lot of neat apps, but there are certain apps I can’t live without on my iPhone that I really wish weren’t exclusive.