I’ve been an Apple user since the 80s, and have kept up with most of their products to date, including the iPhone. And as much as I also learned to love and hate PCs and other platforms, I never once tried out an Android product.
I had some money left over from Christmas, and I had begun to grow a nest fund to eventually purchase an iPad, but the strong reviews and sales of the Google Nexus 7 piqued my interest enough that I sent away for the tablet, sight unseen, and the move was not disappointing in the least.
The 7-inch screen is the ideal size for a portable device, the slick design (or lack thereof) is very reminiscent of the iPad, yes, but I don’t know how else you could make a tablet look once you take away all the unneeded parts… the back, however, is a gray rubber pad that makes it easy to grip and forgiving enough to place on a crowded desk.
The quad-core Tegra 4 processor makes navigating the tablet quite a pleasure, and its accessibility to Google Apps gives me full access to all my online docs and apps, as well as my iTunes collection (synced with Google Music) and pretty much everything else I store in the cloud.
With a price tag of $200 for the 8 gig model, the top-notch performance of the Nexus 7 makes it a real rival for the current selection of iPads — definitely superior to any Android tablets I have seen or read about.