That’s a post title I didn’t think I’d be writing a year ago, or even 6 months ago. But just a little while ago I placed an order for a Nexus 7 32GB. I tried to order it earlier in the day, but at that point there were only WiFi models available – not the […]
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Just Ordered a Small Tablet, But It’s Not an iPad

Nexus 7

That’s a post title I didn’t think I’d be writing a year ago, or even 6 months ago. But just a little while ago I placed an order for a Nexus 7 32GB. I tried to order it earlier in the day, but at that point there were only WiFi models available – not the WiFi plus mobile data model that I wanted. So I submitted an email form to be notified when the mobile data capable models were available – thinking it would be several days or maybe some weeks before they came out.

Then I got back to my desk after being out over the midday period and had an email from Google Play saying the model I wanted was  now on sale. In 10 minutes my order was placed, and in 3-5 days I should be a new Nexus 7 owner.

This will be my first ever ‘pure’ Android device. I’ve played with some that friends have and occasionally in a store,  but never owned one before. I mention the word pure because I did buy the original Kindle Fire and this year’s Kindle Fire HD and spent several weeks with each of those. I wasn’t impressed much at all, but my understanding is A) that Amazon’s ‘fork’ of Android is a pretty major overhaul and B) that the Kindle Fire hardly represents the best of Android tablets since Amazon essentially sells them at a loss in the hope of making lots of money through users’ purchases of Amazon products on the device.

I should mention that this purchase doesn’t signal any ‘switching of sides’ on my part. I’m not tired of Apple or iOS devices, or even of Apple’s tablets in particular. I bought the iPad mini on launch day, and will return my WiFi model this week only so that I can get the new WiFi + Cellular model when it comes out (hopefully next week).

Instead it just means that I am a huge fan of tablet devices and the iPad mini has shown me that I very much like the lighter, smaller tablet size as well. I followed Google’s recent announcement of its new Nexus range and thought both the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 sounded quite imppressive. So this seems like a fine time to really get to know an Android device.

This will be interesting to me in terms of getting to know the Nexus 7 and Android on a (presumably flagship) tablet, and also in comparing it to the iPad mini that I already love using.

I’m excited to see the Nexus 7 and start using it – hopefully that will happen quite soon.

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