I thoroughly enjoyed using the Google Nexus 7.
This is something that I couldn’t say about all the Android tablets I’ve previously used. With the exception of the Kindle Fire, which was hampered by poor software decisions on Amazon’s part, my primary complaint has been Android itself. It has constantly proven itself to be buggy, ugly and a bit slow.
That’s not the case here. The Nexus 7 with Android 4.1 is sleek, comfortable and intuitive. The interface looks great, is easy to understand and has even more functionality. I like the inclusion of native support of resizing widgets, I like the new share menu and I like Chrome for Android (though it won’t be mandatory on 4.1 devices). Most of all, I love the fact that animations no longer stutter, freeze or tear.
Google hasn't thrown us any curveballs with the hardware, but most of it works well. Tegra 3 offer great performance, as expected. Connectivity is poor, as expected. Battery life is good. The only real surprise is the display, which falls short of the expectations set by the acronym “IPS.”
And then there’s the price. For just $199 you can have the 8GB version and for $249 you can purchase the 16GB model (I suggest the second option). This makes the Nexus 7 the only 7-inch tablet relevant to the market today. The products from Samsung and Acer now look terribly over-priced. Amazon’s Kindle Fire, on the other hand, is a far inferior product.
Make no mistake – the iPad is certainly the better tablet. But the Nexus 7 is far less expensive and, despite that, still quite good. The only problem is one shared with Apple – availability at launch. Retailers with stock are taking customers to the cleaners, so be patient. This $200 tablet is a great value when you actually pay $200 for it.