I ordered my Nexus 7 last week and it arrived on Friday. As a test, I left it my iPad at home while we are away at the beach this weekend.
I’m a huge iPad fan so this is a pretty big test.
Let me start by listing the things I don’t like about the Nexus 7:
-It’s not as fast as the iPad 3. The UI feels laggy at times
-There is no built in LTE
-The screen isn’t retina
-The case google sells for this thing is crazy ugly. I can’t get myself to buy their version so I’m gonna see if I can find a nice sleeve on etsy or svpply.
-Some of my favorite iOS ipad apps don’t work on the Nexus, eg. HBO Go, Simplenote, IA Writer, just to name a few.
Sounds like a pretty bad start, right?
But so far I love this thing.
To make up for the lack of LTE, I enabled the hotspot feature on my iPhone. Yeah, tethering is not as good as built in LTE, but it works fine.
The 7” form factor is the best. It super easy to carry. It’s nice to be able to type on a tablet without having to put it down on a desk or lap. I hold the phone in portait orientation when I type and just use my thumbs — sort of like a big phone. Very easy.
I prefer reading apps (Instapaper, NYT, Kindle, Flipboard) on the Nexus 7 over the iPad because of the form factor.
Battery life is great.
On the weekends, I almost always have my camera with me and I carry it in this bag. The iPad doesn’t fit in this bag but the Nexus 7 does.
I’m very pleased with the Nexus 7. It’s my favorite Android powered device. Let’s see how long it can keep me away from the iPad