The hype around Google’s Nexus 7 device has been consistent but less intrusive than the global frenzy that surrounds any Apple release. In fact, much of what has gone viral involves the technical industry struggling to get inside the box!
Well, armed with a sharp knife and opposable thumbs, I managed to have the Nexus out of the box and in the palm of my hand in no time at all. It’s powered up and greets me by name straight out of the box: no syncing, connecting to a computer or third party software involved.
As a device it’s definitely more than functional. It may not have some of the acute attention to detail that the New iPad boasts but the lightweight 7″ casing fits nicely in the palm of the hand and initially it seems a much more portable size than other tablet devices. Once I get used to the user interface and lack of what some would call a ‘home’ button, I’m well on my way around the fairly intuitive Android Jellybean operating system.
Google PR boasts that this machine is built for gaming and while I haven’t tried out any serious gaming just yet, the technical specs, 1280px x 800px high resolution display and NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor seem to be more than up to the job. Add to that, the lengthy battery life which means you can be watching HD movies, running multiple apps or even watching kittens on YouTube during long flights or sneakily during arduous meetings.
Using Google’s own plethora of apps is where the Nexus really comes alive. After only a few minutes on the Nexus I’m slowly getting the point of Google+ which has faded off the radar somewhat in a more traditional desktop sense. The front facing camera is perfect for ‘hangouts’ and having one sign-in means you can seamlessly flick between Mail, YouTube, Flickr and other apps. I’d hope to get a lot more use from Google+, now integrated with Google Local and Google Now to bring real-time updates and suggestions from friends, trusted sources and nearby events.
Finally placing the Nexus back in its box and returning it to the studio like it’s a classroom pet I’ve been looking after, I’m genuinely tempted to pick one up for personal use. I’m signed up to all Google’s services, it’s a solid, lightweight, portable device and at £159 it’s a real budget buy compared to other tablets.
Perfect for non-Apple fans, non-technical users or anyone who wants their web in an instant and lives life on the move!