I was lucky enough to receive a Nexus 7 as a Christmas present, so having had it for a few months I thought it worth a quick write-up.
I wrote a while ago that I didn’t think 7″ tablets were worth it, and for a while I wasn’t interested in them. I owned an iPad in any case. I did start to find I wanted to look things up while in a different room to my computer or the iPad and so having an extra tablet would be useful.
The improvements in tablets of that factor and the cost helped sway my desire. Then it came down to a choice of which one. The iPad Mini had not long been announced, the Kindle HD was coming to UK shores and there were offerings from B&N and Samsung as well as others.
I wasn’t interested in a cut-down Android experience, which ruled many of them out (the thought of rooting them didn’t appeal) and hence I hinted on my desire for the Nexus, as it came with an unfettered version of the latest release.
OS and Software
I have an Android smartphone, though its an old version and much of the interface is hidden behind the phone manufacturer’s skin, so it was hard to get a good impression. I’ve been impressed with 4.2 and it’s proved easy to use, easy to get to grips with and obviously affords a lot more flexibility than iOS. Home screen widgets, for example, save a lot of time delving into specific apps and provide a quick overview.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how it does a number of things, such as zooming in on links with small target areas in Chrome. The range available in the Play store has allowed me to do everything I’ve wanted. I also prefer how notifications are handled compared to iOS as well. Continue reading…