I wrote quite a substantial review for the Nexus 7 and sat on it for days. Select all, Delete. There are so many reviews out there, there’s only one thing I think my friends and followers want to know.
Would I recommend the Nexus 7 to my best friend*?
And the answer: Yes.
The Nexus 7 is lightweight and sturdy, its screen clear and battery life good to average. Does a 7″ screen work? For productivity apps, no, but for all your social networking and reading in bed, sure. It’s perfect for browsing the web while watching the TV and Android 4.1 isn’t half as frustrating as previous versions.
The crux of it is that this is a £159 device. It’s worth every penny of that £159 and you get a lot more than you’d expect from a device at this price point, but it isn’t an iPad, which is still a far superior device. That said, I hardly use my personal iPad for anything other than content consumption, which the Nexus 7 is perfectly suited for.
The only gripe I have is with the Play Store and the many third-party apps that are sometimes painfully unoptimised for this device. I’m hoping if this device becomes more popular, Android app developers will look more into this.
At the end of the day, the Nexus 7 is a dig at the bottom end of the market to raise the quality of Android tablets. I’ve picked it up almost twice as often as I have the iPad in the past week, perhaps that in itself speaks volumes.
*Actually my best friend is a teacher and I wouldn’t recommend this device to her or her classroom for a lot of reasons. But that’s a whole other blog post.