I picked up the latest version (2013) of the Google Nexus 7 tablet from Best Buy today. I wasn’t expecting to get my hands on the device so soon as the Google Play Store shows a shipping date of July 30th. However, after seeing it was available immediately at my local Best Buy, I decided to pull the trigger.
My previous tablet was the original Asus Transformer Prime (with keyboard) and because I wanted a smaller form factor and a higher resolution screen I decided it was time for an upgrade. After using the Nexus 7 for a couple of hours I really do like the seven inch form factor. I also have a 4.7-inch HTC One so I wasn’t sure how much of a difference the extra 2.3 inches would make. As it turns out it is a completely different experience. The Nexus 7 is much more like a traditional tablet. However, unlike the Transformer Prime it’s easier to hold which makes for a better couch computing device.
There are two versions of the 2nd Generation Nexus 7 a 16gb edition which retails for $229 and a 32gb edition which retails for $269. I opted to pay the extra $40 for the 32GB version of the Nexus 7 for two reasons.
- The screen is a whopping 1920x1200px which at seven inches amounts to 323 pixels per inch.
- There is no external storage.
I usually don’t get the more expensive version of a device, however, taking these two factors as a whole it was an easy decision in this case. My choice was affirmed after I booted up my 32gb device for the first time I saw I had a little under 26gb of space remaining. Meaning if this was a 16gb version I would only have ~10gb remaining. If you were to load the device with 1080p or even 720p video to take advantage of the high definition screen that remaining storage will be used up in a hurry.
I’ve never owned a Nexus device before and usually root my devices to install a stock Android rom so I am looking forward to being on the cutting edge of each new Android release. Additionally, with all Nexus devices there tends to be a large and talented developer community, so I’m also looking forward to trying out some of the great themes and roms they’ll be coming out with in the coming weeks.
You can view the unboxing along with my initial impressions below: