Google Nexus 7 takes over non-essential functions from my smartphone

The Nexus 7 is a fantastic mobile tablet and while I used to think tablets were convenience devices I am starting to change my mind. My Nexus 7 is taking over functions I used to perform on my smartphone, freeing up my smartphone for extended life for the essentials.

James wrote about his experiences with the Nexus 7 after one week of use and then Jason chimed in with his thoughts on using the new Android Jelly Bean tablet. My replacement Nexus 7 just arrived, the left side of the display was not attached on my original, and after using one for over two weeks I have another perspective on how this 7-inch form factor tablet fits into my life.

My friend and MoTR podcast co-host Kevin Tofel and I have been longtime fans of the 7-inch form factor tablet starting with the original Galaxy Tab, then moving through devices like the HTC Flyer, BlackBerry PlayBook, and Amazon Kindle Fire. I still don't think tablets are essential, like smartphones are, but I am finding that my Nexus 7 is filling in nicely as a supplementary device for my smartphone. I am a heavy smartphone user and will usually drain my mobile phone battery in less than a day with my 2+ hour train commute and busy work schedule. Thanks to the portability, advanced Jelly Bean OS, and excellent display I am discovering that the Nexus 7 is taking on duties that my smartphone used to perform and thus helping me extend the battery life of my smartphone. In this regard, I am starting to think that maybe a tablet is essential.

Since the Nexus 7 is so small, it goes with me more places than my iPad and duties it has taken from my smartphone include:

  • Audible book device: I plug in my headphones and enjoy audio books on the go
  • Ebook reading: The larger display is much more conducive to reading than a smartphone
  • Movie player: Movies look fantastic on the high resolution display of the Nexus 7
  • Web surfing: Chrome is awesome on the Nexus 7, especially when you sync it across multiple computers. This function does require a connection while the others perform while offline.

These are primarily media functions, which I enjoy on my commute, while my wife and daughters shop, during lunch, and at other idle times during the day. They are not essential and thus perfectly matched to be performed on a tablet while my smartphone can be reserved for essential tasks such as phone calls, email, text messaging, and search.

Do you find that your tablet takes on roles you used to perform with your smartphone too?

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