Nexus 7 First Impressions

Author: Anthony Mclean
Published: July 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I finally received my Nexus 7 yesterday, after about two weeks of trying to find one - they sold out really quickly here in the UK. I've used it for a little over a day and thought I'd share some first impressions on what it's like to use the tablet in an everyday environment.

For a seven inch, £200 tablet, the Nexus 7 is actually very well built. I say this because there are a lot of £200 tablets out there and most of them are poor. There's no creaking around the panels of the device, and the rubberised 'Steve Mcqueen 1960s driving gloves' back feels very good in the hand, and increases your grip on the Nexus 7. There's also a very attractive metal rim around the bezel area of the device, which adds a nice touch of quality to this relatively cheap tablet.  

In my opinion, the seven inch form factor is brilliant; I prefer this to the larger nine or ten inch tablet offerings such as the iPad or Motorola Xoom, as well as Samsung's larger Galaxy Tabs. For me, a ten inch tablet is getting dangerously close to my 13 inch Macbook Pro in terms of size, and the whole point of me getting a tablet was so that I wouldn't have to lug my Macbook around everywhere. Similarly, I didn't want to have to stare at my phone screen for some on-the-fly tasks. The Nexus 7's 800x1280 IPS display is simply beautiful, and the high resolution on a relatively small size screen makes everything super crisp and clear, making this an ideal device for tasks that require a lot of reading, such as heavy web browsing or book reading. Hell, you could even create and work on full office documents on this thing - the screen's that good. 

Without doubt though, the best thing about this size is that you can operate it one handed, and type with two thumbs as you would on a smartphone. It's also extremely light and portable, and even fits in the back pocket of your jeans.

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Article Author: Anthony Mclean

Anthony started blogging when he ran out of characters on Twitter. Since then he's been passionate about all things tech. With a keen eye for good design and no tolerance for bad design, Anthony obsesses over the functionality of products.

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