Nexus 7 and the start of my Google life

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.

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.
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