Nexus 7 and the start of my Google life

Nexus 7 and the start of my Google life

Summary: I purchased a Nexus 7. With all of Google's latest offerings, we'll see if there's enough there to pull me away from my Apple world.

TOPICS: Android, Google
Like my colleague, James Kendrick, I placed my order for the Nexus 7. As James stated in his post, his initial reaction was not to buy one, but then he thought about it and made the purchase. I, too, went through a similar process, but my reasoning was a bit different than his.

In the case of my Nexus 7 purchase, I first watched the unveiling and came away impressed. Being the owner of an iPhone 4S, iPad 3rd generation, and Kindle Fire, I really saw no immediate need to add the Nexus 7 to my collection. That being said, I decided to dive into the specs a bit more and see if the Nexus 7 was worthy of purchase.

If you haven't spent the time reading about it, check out the specs on Google's Nexus 7 page. While they're all pretty impressive, the ones worth highlighting are:
  • 7" 1280x800 HD display
  • 1.2MP Front-facing camera
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Scratch-resistant Corning glass
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 4325 mAh battery, bringing in 9 hours of HD video playback

So, the specs definitely got me excited but then being able to pre-order it for $249 with 16GB is what put me over the edge.

The other thing that started to happen to me as I purchased was that I got sucked into Google's world.

Google Now I read more about what Jelly Bean was bringing to the table, including Google Now, which is something I've been dreaming about since I first got into mobile more than 15 years ago. Imagine your device finally thinking for you! It's been possible for years, but either privacy concerns or interoperability of services have kept it from becoming a reality.

Google Play I recently signed up for iTunes Match so I wasn't in a hurry to migrate to another service. Of course, Google says it can make it effortless for you to migrate to Google Play using its Music Manager software. According to the instructions, you can add up to 20,000 songs to Google Play for free from iTunes, Windows Media Player or folders on your computer. Once in Google Play, you can listen on the web or your mobile devices.

Nexus Q Google has a new offering to compete head-on with any streaming media player in your home, including Apple TV. The Nexus Q sells for $299, and offers to stream your favorite entertainment from YouTube and Google Play to your speakers and screens. Google is also calling it a "social streaming device", and touting features such as allowing your friends, also with Android devices, to stream their own music and collaborate on a playlist in real-time, in your home.

Galaxy Nexus I came dangerously close to purchasing the latest Galaxy Nexus from Google. I figured that would completely throw me over the edge, though, and I've already invested too much in my Apple infrastructure at both work and home.

For now I'll dip my toes in with the Nexus 7, and then see how quickly I get sucked into the Google world. I have many friends that have custom ROMs on their Android devices and they can't believe that I'm still an Apple user. Perhaps the Nexus 7, Nexus Q, Google Now, and Google Play will pull me towards Google for my everyday use.

Topics: Android, Google

Joel Evans

About Joel Evans

With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • If you use tablet the way that you have to carry it with yourself, then ...

    ... obviously 7" tablets will weigh less than iPad, and it is easier to hold it in one hand. And the price of device is cheaper.

    Besides that, it is no less obvious that it is worse choice. It could be only recommended if by the type of use you have to hold it in one hand and carry it with you, and/or you are absolutely in despair for every last dollar so you can not spend $399 for iPad 2/$499 for iPad 3, and you have to go cheap.
    • Why spend $200 more for media consumption?

      I would I buy iPad which cost $200 (iPad2) if I'm reading books, surf internet, listen to music and watch movie? I would rather buy Nexus 7 with Nvidia Tegra 3 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor, 12-core Nividia GPU, I could read books using one hand, could fit in a pocket and has a decent screen for $199! Tell me why would I buy iPad2/iPad3 for the same reason I stated above?
      • Not defending Apple

        If you were reading magazines, newspapers or comic books on the tablet, I would say a 10" tablet would provide a better experience. Viewing regular size web pages also looks larger and easier to read.
        • Agreed

          It's the screen size...7" is too small for comfort. For reading, surfing, and watching movies the 10" screen seems to work best (at least for me). But the tab's gotta be current tab (Acer A500) has everything I could want (for the moment) in a tab, but it weighs a lot (in a comparative sense). I do hope there is a 10" Nexus (with a MicroSD slot!!!!)
      • Simple

        It's bigger screen.
      • Better experience

        From my experience, surfing the web is much more enjoyable on a 9.7" iPad screen than the smaller 7". You don't have to pinch and zoom as much, you get the full webpage presented to you. And the text is still readable I will gladly pay extra for that experience. Magazines are much better reading on the larger screen. If I wanted to listen to music on the road I pull out my iPhone (or iPod Touch), and slip it back in my pocket.
    • try reading Ebooks outside the house using iPad.

      ... like in coffee shop, restaurant, in a beach and inside the bus. You will look ridiculous compare reading ebooks using 7" tablet like Nexus 7
      • RE: Ebooks

        Because clearly all the people that I've seen reading books on a Kindle look ridiculous...
        Guy Joseph
      • Guess What

        korseypig thinks I look ridiculous. And yet, I can't say I care. I'll just read on: this week it's about Clojure.
      • Why would they look ridiculous? And why should that matter?

        I thought the idea of the varatity of different devices was that people can choose the one that fits their needs the best. You're telling us it's more important to impress strangers then it is to use the most personally comfortable device.

        In retrospect we could say that you should try watching downloaded movies or TV shows on your 7" Nexus. I bet you'll look ridiculous compared to those watching the same thing on an iPad.
      • reading ebooks

        The device to read ebooks in bright sunlight is neither the iPad, nor the Nexus 7! Anyone reading a lot of ebooks will use an eInk based reading device, Kindle or another brand. These devices are way lighter, thinner and have battery life in the range of months, as compared to hours of the LCD tablets.
        Reading for extended periods on any LCD screen is simply ridiculous.

        Having said that, any book looks just better, way better on the iPad screen. Especially on the new iPad, especially if you are shortsighted. (*) Thing is, none of these LCD displays is made for reading in particularly bright light. The new iPad is especially "bad" here. Although it reads just fine in bright sunlight, you have to crank up brightness all the way up (which yu won't do sanely in other environments) and that definitely sucks up battery life.
        Besides, you can do way more with the iPad and if you are to carry one device, it beats them all.

        (*) shortsighted people are able to see much finer details at close distances -- the distances on which one typically reads a book.
        • Android > iOS

          Way more with the iPad? I used to be fully suited with Apple products (MBP, iPad 1st gen, iPhone 4) and claimed that iOS was the only way to go. I broke my iPhone and at first was planning to wait for the 5 to come out, but after some shopping around and seeing what the android market had to offer I went with the HTC Vivid. The experience with Android has been amazing! Now I am happy to say that I am trading the iPad in on the N7 and can't wait. I'd take a tablet that can be customized to my liking right out of the box over a 9.7" iPod touch that has to be jailbroken for the OS to even come close to Android's OS.

          As far as this doing "way more" goes.... I must have been missing something on my i-devices, which is hard to do since all there is on the screen is a 5x4 grid of app icons.
          Dustin Dvorak
        • Yes, but...

          While I completely agree with your assessment, the point where I differ is that I'd rather not use the iPad. As of now, Android will still be my OS of choice.
    • wrong

      Not everyone needs a 10" (actually 9.7") behemoth to do what tablets are capable of. If your one of those people who take pictures/video with a tablet, you need to get a clue. The Nexus 7 out performs the $400 ipad2 on every spec. Deal with it.
      Nate Garcia
  • I'm surprised the lack of Flash support wasn't a deal breaker!

    Just kidding. Grin. Please enjoy your new Nexus 7 tablet and Google's services. They are fine software programs and, it appears, the tablet should be a really nice and useful addition for your home network.
  • There you go analyzing specs, Joel.

    They're beside the point. What has happened is that you have, as you said, been sucked into Google's Ad World. Have fun!
  • adfh
    nana admin
  • Good for you man!

    Resist the temptation to be bearded like sheep! I bet if it pleases you, you find yourself bringing the iPad with you less and less.
  • Apple Fan

    Do you know what I love about apple fanboys, They do and say whatever you tell them. You know like Jobs was a genius(to soon) man to the letter. Oh did you know that apple's don't get virus's, but malware seems to be ok. I would have paid a million dollars for the look on their face when flashback hit. What they probaly said was virus's are bad but malware's ok.
    OK I've said enough I'll look into this nexus it seems as though it has good specs and for a toy, in my case, it's worth thr 200-250.
  • A Windows RT Version?

    I'm curious... Would you buy this with Windows RT for $350?

    It looks like this could be modified slightly to support secure boot and a few other things, but I could easily see this as a media consumption tablet and be viable after about 6 months of apps being added to the Windows App Store. I personally am looking at a Transformer Book for my next purchase since the iPad, Kindile fire, nor the Nexus 7 could become my one device.