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Regular readers will know that I'm a pretty agnostic guy when it comes to platforms. My background is in Windows, but in recent years, I've spread my wings and added Linux, OS X, and iOS to my kit. However, one platform that I had yet to adopt for day-to-day usage was Android. I didn't see a space for it. I had a notebook, which used to be Windows, but is now OS X, an iPhone, and an iPad.
I've had a hankering for a 7-inch tablet, and while the iPad Mini seemed the most logical choice — the iPhone and iPad meant that I was already deep in the iOS ecosystem and heavily invested in apps — I wanted something different than just an iPad hit with a blast from a shrink ray.
Cut a long story short, I bought a Nexus 7. I chose this tablet because it offered the purest Android experience possible. I had almost bought an Amazon Kindle Fire HD — a fantastic tablet with a great set of speakers — but it's just too tied to the Amazon ecosystem.
But the purchase of a Nexus 7 meant that I needed to get it ready to do some serious work. This meant getting some additional hardware and software. Here's what I did to get my tablet ready for Monday morning.
I'm harsh on my kit, so a case was in order. There are literally hundreds of cases available for the Nexus 7, so this makes getting a good one a bit of a hit or miss affair. Ideally, I wish that Amazon made a case for the Nexus 7, because it's custom case for the Kindle and Kindle Fire tablets are amazing — albeit pricy.
In the end, I went for an HHI UrbanFlip in faux carbon fiber.