I bought myself the latest generation of Nexus 7 tablet as a post-Christmas gift, and I’ve gotten a couple of people asking me what I thought about it.
Briefly: I like it a whole lot, and in fact would probably say that of all the tablets I have or have tried, it’s probably my favorite. It’s fast, has an excellent 1080p screen, and really is the right size for travel and for my personal set of hands. It was also relatively inexpensive (under $260 for the 32MB version, which makes it $240 less than the most recent iPad mini with the same memory), which doesn’t hurt. I’m also reasonably well integrated into the Google ecosystem, as opposed to the Apple ecosystem, so in terms of the basic apps that I use on a day to day basis, this tablet is better tuned for that.
(Please don’t imagine this is me trying to start a Google vs. Apple war — I have a recent generation iPad, use it frequently and am working on a video game that will initially appear on the iPad before it goes to Android.)
The only reservation I have with the Nexus is not about it, but about me, which is that when I read magazines off it from Next Issue, the text is usually too small. The text, I should note, is perfectly sharp and clear on the Nexus screen; it’s just tiny, and my eyes get cranky these day when I have to look at tiny text. I end up using my iPad or Nexus 10 for magazine reading. If you have better eyes than mine, this will not be a problem for you.
(update: wait, remembered one other thing — the power and volume buttons are a little too flush with the side of the tablet, making them harder to use than I would like. This may aslo be an issue of personal taste.)
With that caveat noted, the Nexus 7 is otherwise just about perfect for me. It’s become my travel tablet, and I also end up carrying it around the house with me from room to room. If you’re in the market for a smaller tablet, I can definitely recommend it to you.