Last Christmas, I purchased a Transformer Prime. It was my first foray both into tablets and the Android OS. While I enjoyed having it for a few brief weeks, I couldn’t help but feel guilty for the amount of money I had sunk into it not including the keyboard dock. It was a great product, sure, but I didn’t need that large a screen or that much power. All I really needed was a pure, simple media consumption device. It also didn’t help that holding a screen that large is significantly more awkward than I had expected. Eventually, I returned the Transformer Prime and bought a Nook Tablet.
The first thing that caught my eye about the Nook Tablet, other than power for the price point and size, was the potential to hack it. I am no hacker. I can’t program and I hardly understand the inner workings of Linux, Android, and Windows. However, I do enjoy following instructions, and communities like XDA have given me a lot of really good instructions for getting the most out of my electronics over the years. I bought the Nook Tablet with the expectation that it was going to be very easy to crack open.
But it wasn’t. It took a long time to get anywhere with the Nook Tablet. I enjoyed using it in that time, but it never felt as snappy, clean, and responsive as I really would have dreamed. And though I had trained my mind to ignore it, the large plastic bezel, the ‘n’ button, and the weird hook on the corner all ganged up to beat the living hell out of what I thought was a good looking device. The Nook Tablet is ugly and weak, and when the Nexus 7 was announced I immediately threw up my Nook Tablet and any accessory I had for it on eBay and made enough to preorder a Nexus 7.
My god is the Nexus 7 amazing.
I absolutely love the device. It feels great, looks great (simplicity is king), and runs with no hitch in its step. From Playstation 1 games to N.O.V.A. 3, the Nexus 7 has kicked some serious gaming ass. That, of course, doesn’t discount its extreme media consumption value.
From Netflix to Hulu Plus to side-loaded videos, the machine handles high definition video with no problem. Every anime I have thrown at it using MX Player has resulted in gorgeous video with plenty of real estate to enjoy the action and read the subtitles. The screen works great for reading my RSS feed through Feedly or reading ebooks using Aldiko. The speakers put out great sound if I want a room to hear a YouTube video or anything I’ve loaded up on Google Music. The Nexus 7 is a dream.
Google and Asus have managed to do something really special with this product. At such a great price point with such an open bootloader, this is an ideal device for anyone that likes to take advantage of the Internet Age. I cannot recommend it more glowingly, with one exception: space constraints.
I probably should have gone with the 16gb model, but I thought that saving a few bucks would be the better route. Though it has been annoying at times, there are a ton of ways to get around the less than 8gb of space I have to work with. Even so, this one con is not enough to out weigh everything else that is so perfect with the Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7 is the perfect media consumption tablet for any age range, any experience level, and any type of person. If you are looking for that kind of device, this is the one to get. No questions.