Friday, 27 July 2012

Google Nexus 7 16GB - First Impressions

Well, I ordered a Nexus 7 16GB on the 21st June directly from Google and it arrived on the 19th July. I was a little brassed off that others who had pre-ordered theirs from Google's partners received theirs before the official release but now I have it, I'm immensely happy.

I didn't have any preconceived ideas of what I would use the device for - I just wanted a tablet and have done for some time. Now I have it, however, I seem to play games, browse Google Currents/BBC News and other news outlets a heck of a lot more now. It seems to have opened a new door for me.

The device itself is VERY well built, solid, very light and feels nice in the hand. Navigating between home screens is very snappy - Jelly Bean/Project Butter have done wonders for this device and that's before you consider what is under the bonnet. You're looking at a Tegra 3 - a quad core power house with and additional 16 graphics cores. When it comes to games it's obvious how much of a difference there is between Tegra 2 and 3.

For those looking into the tablet market and are not already hooked into the Bermuda Triangle that is Apple's ecosystem, this tablet has to be somewhere near the top of your list. The only drawback at this stage is the size of the screen. Whilst I don't have any problems with this, other might. However, I've heard rumours of a 10 inch device on the horizon - so lets see how that pans out.

Do you have a Nexus 7? What are your thoughts on Google's first step into the tablet market?