After a long hiatus finishing my MBA, I am back checking out the latest in gadgets and tech. And for the past month or so I have had my hands on an Asus Google Nexus 7. Whew, that’s a mouthful. Hopefully the device will operate faster than it takes to say the name. It is my consensus that the Nexus 7 will stay a formidable player in the tablet wars in the future, due to a perfect price point, a quality build feel (although there have been reports of build issues), fast hardware, and the latest in OS design and features. This device features one gig of RAM, a quad core Tegra 3 processor, front facing camera, NFC, and Jelly Bean with Google Now (a feature much more useful than Siri I might add). Does this sound too good to be true? Not necessarily. But it should be noted there is a risk in being a beta tester on a device, and that risk is bugginess. It has been my experience that:
- This tegra powered device is a load of fun and is cheap at $200-$250 price point.
- That a few bugs exist that need to be worked out.
The largest reported problems have been build quality issues, which Google is happy to warranty, and the one I experienced the most is non-compatible apps causing system slow downs for whatever reason. This was fixed with a factory reset, and then only downloading Jelly Bean friendly apps that have been updated relatively recently. I have since not experienced the same system slow down, but for the non-tech savvy, this may be more trouble than it is worth. but if you are reading this blog, this device is probably for you.