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New Google Nexus 7 (FHD/2013/2nd Generation) First Thoughts

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google-nexus7A lot of people think that I am an Apple Fanboy.  I enjoy Apple products but I do not rush out and buy every new model that comes out.  I skipped the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5 and I am still rocking the original iPad 1st generation.

I love tablet computing and could see the real value in a form factor like the iPad Mini.  But have had a hard time justifying the price to have another tablet device.  Add to that my intrigue in the Android platform (I have not owned any Android device yet) and the new Google Nexus 7 is right up my alley.  This article is a quick overview of my first thoughts of the device.

First (and this will be important later) lets discuss the name of the product.  The new Google Nexus 7 is referred to as the “Google Nexus 7 2013”, “Google Nexus 7 FHD”, “Google Nexus 7 2nd Generation”, and sometimes some combination of all of the above.  And may times it is just referred to as the “New Google Nexus 7”.  This makes it very difficult in determining what product you are really talking about and what accessories are compatible.  I hate it when companies make their product names so ambiguous.  I am going to call it the “Google Nexus 7 FHD” as that is how I see most folks referring to it.

Now on to my thoughts…

Price

I love the price of the Google Nexus 7 FHD.  $229 for the 16GB and $269 for the 32GB ($150 less than the iPad Mini).  So much more affordable than the iPad Mini.

SD Card Slot

Everyone is talking about the lack of an SD card slot.  But for me this is not a big deal.  The cost premium to upgrade to the 32GB version (only $40) makes it easy to start with the biggest model from the start.  And with so much of my data in the cloud I do not need a large amount of local storage.  I store my music on my phone and the only area that I might feel the storage pinch is when it comes to carrying around movies on my device.  For this reason I did go with the 32GB version.

Headphone Jack

They went with a standard headphone only jack.  So you are unable to use a headphone/mic combination.  Also you have to push really hard on the Apple Ear Pod plug to get it to click and operate correctly.

Cases

This is my biggest pet peeve.  I almost always buy a case for a new product like this.  You want to protect your investment.  But with the new Google Nexus 7 FHD this is almost impossible.  Best Buy only carries the first generation cases and the cases are not interchangeable with the devices due to the slight size difference between them.  Even on Amazon it is almost impossible to find a case for the new model.  If you can find them on Amazon you will have to wait almost three weeks after the original ship date of the Google Nexus 7 FHD for the case to ship.  The fact that I do not have a case for it yet is preventing me from having the device with me as much as I would like.

Usability

I read many complaints about stability issues with this new product.  I have not observed any.  I did get two updates before I was able to use the device and I am now running 4.3.  So maybe the stability issues were related to earlier versions.

Overall I am very happy so far with the new Google Nexus 7 and look forward to getting to know Android and it’s apps much better.

 

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