Announced just scant weeks ago, the Google Nexus 7 is an Asus and Google joint venture to creating a full tablet experience without any skin on top of it. Asus has long created strong 10″ Android tablet offerings, but this is the first true Google Experience tablet, in a 7″ form factor. The Android fan that I am, I pre-ordered one and only received it yesterday (no I do not want to talk about the Game Stop purchasers who’ve had it for days now). The Nexus 7 (or N7) comes replete with 720p screen, Tegra 3 chip, bluetooth, wifi, and Android 4.1.1. There are 8GB and 16GB variants available, and I chose the 8, since most of my data is stored in Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive. The N7 is a game changer which demonstrates from Google a commitment to the entire Android ecosystem.
The N7 feels good in your hands, it’s slim and light, and I can hold it for hours. It is not quite as light as a Kindle, but is a phenomenal alternative. Armed with Jelly Bean, the N7 is ready to go. Unlike iDevices, you don’t need individual tablet and smartphone applications, the Play store will only deliver the application for your specific device.
What the Google Nexus 7 means to the consumer
Much like the Nexus line of smartphones have become the flagship devices for Android phones, the Google Nexus 7 tab will be the same for tablets. Google has introduced a powerful, inexpensive alternate to any Android tablet (including Amazon’s Kindle Fire) and even the Apple iPad (in any incarnation). At only $199 for an 8GB tablet (or $249 for the 16GB version), the N7 offers a look into the future of Google computing and Android interoperability. The latest Nexus is fast, slick and runs the newest version of Android 4.1. It is light and powerful, and will set the tone for future devices. The N7 is prepared to take the place of your current mobile computing option and will hopefully have somewhere near the accessories of the iPad. The N7 is Google’s true commitment to tablet computing – and it lets Apple know that that their dominance of the tablet market is now in jeopardy.
Android 4.1 brings Google Now into the fold of Android computing. It is the new version of Google Search which offers enhanced text and voice capabilities. Built to offer both search and organizational assistance, Google Now uses location and search to pop-up “cards” which provide the user with information. On these cards can be things like local restaurants, weather, and instant navigation to Google Maps searches (both on and off the device). I’ll get more into Google Now in a separate post, but know, it is a killer addition. The voice control is phenomenal, and changes the way you will interact with your device.
Check out the video below to see what Google has to say about the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean
- Why I’ll never go back to a non-Google Experience device (ctovision.com)