Best Argument: No
Audience Favored: Yes (64%)
What's not to like?
The Nexus 7 will get timely over-the-air upgrades direct from Google, just like the Nexus S and Xoom before it. But even if that stopped, the over 4 million members of xda-developers.com will continue to support you with custom, officially blessed Android distros for years to come.
Next, Jason argues that Android is flawed because phones and tablets "do not have the same user interface". Give a Galaxy Nexus owner a Xoom, he says, and they won't know how to use it. Ok, I'll grant you that one shows the time at the top of the screen and one shows it at the bottom of the screen. But I think he's underestimating the intelligence of the average tablet user if he believes they can't make the adjustment.
Does the 7-inch form factor have legs? Probably not, says Jason. Unless Apple makes one. Then it's a great idea and its "staying power is absolutely assured". Right.
The fact is that the Nexus 7 is a great little device that fills a need we didn't know we had. Steve Jobs said nobody would want a 7 inch iPad because the iOS user interface would be too tiny on the smaller screen. But thanks to Android's scalable UI architecture, well written Android apps can adapt to screens of any size.
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is an incremental update that brings better performance and features like Google Now. Between the new PDK (Platform Developers Kit) initiative and direct sales of their own branded devices, Google is making every effort to get new versions such as 4.1 in people's hands as quickly as possible. What's not to like?
Too many issues
All in all, if these issues are not resolved in the near future, Jelly Bean will not significantly improve Android's position and market share as a tablet device operating system, sales from 7-inch tablets from Google and Amazon notwithstanding.
The winner is...
Although the Nexus 7 has garnered strong reviews, it's hard to buy Ed Burnette's argument that it is a big threat to the iPad. As Jason Perlow argued, the Android ecosystem is improving on tablets, but there are significant weaknesses. The winner of this debate is Perlow.