Google Nexus 7: First thoughts


I purchased a Nexus 7 the other day. I’d wanted a tablet for my business for some time but I waited to see what the Apple iPad mini was like before buying. My reasons for getting a tablet were as an aid to my photography business. The main things I wanted to are:

A) Show clients their pictures in person as I find this generates more sales,
B) To be able to type invoices and email them at the clients premises,
C) Do accounts and other documents
D) General social media and web use.

My Nexus is a 32Gb version running Jelly Bean Android. The full technical specification can be found at the Google site.

So how does the tablet meet my wish list? I think the screen display is very good and more than fit for purpose. Bright, good colours and very good contrast make it a good alternative to Apple’s Retina display.

I downloaded a free office app which has a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software very similar to Office. All the usual features are present. It works very nicely and does exactly what I need.

Web access is fast, as is email and social media. General processing speed is more than adequate.

On the downside, there is no Flash player. While the YouTube app works well, some video streaming sites can’t be viewed. More research needed!  Also, a virus checker is needed. Finally, the eBook reader won’t display Amazon Kindle book formats so a converter has to be used.

Overall, I think the nexus 7 is pretty good. It does everything I require, and more, for a much cheaper price than an iPad.

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After working for many years in Higher Education I've decided to drop out and join the real world. Here I blog about my interests which include education, politics, backpacking, poker, photography and real ale.
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2 Responses to Google Nexus 7: First thoughts

  1. I bought my Nexus 7 for the same business reasons, but I did more research than you. Always research FIRST instead of jumping on the bandwagon, which it seems like you did because of your excitement. 🙂 I understand, but if this is really about your business you have to balance excitement with business savvy.

    There are plenty of Android antivirus apps available that will work on the Nexus 7. Search the Google Play Store. Also, Flash is dying and quickly becoming obsolete in favor of HTML 5, which is used by the Nexus’s default browser, Chrome . I have no problems watching anything in Chrome (it’s my default browser on my desktop computer, too).

    It’s really not Google’s fault if video streaming sites are slow to get with the new technology. HULU.com works fine in Chrome and they’re not the only ones. You might have to watch shows directly on their network websites or get a subscription to Netflix, HULU Plus, or Amazon Instant Video for example. I have an Amazon Prime subscription, so I get to watch a TON of stuff for free as a perk.

    Lastly, there is an OFFICIAL Amazon Kindle app for Android, but I don’t know if it’s tablet compatible yet – a quick Google search will answer that for you, though. It was pre-installed on my HTC One X cell phone when I got it this past summer so I know there’s an Android app for it. Again, search Google Play Store. Best of luck to you!

    (Sent from my Google Nexus 7)

    • Hi. Thanks for reading & replying-much appreviated.

      I did do the research but decided on it anyway as the other stuff was desireable but not necessary for what I wanted. I figured I could find apps to do the rest.

      MX Player is good for Flash stuff, I’m using AVG for a virus scanner (used on PCs for years. Re Kindle: I know there is an app but it will only allow you to read stuff bought via amazon. I’m looking for a file converter to change books from kindle format to a native format.

      Not heard of hulu, I’ll check it out

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