Google + Nexus 7
Saturday August 10, 2013 - 01:16 AM

So I picked up a the 2013 model of the Nexus 7. I just wanted to play with it mainly, to see if things on Android’s tablet side had improved. Sad to say, it hasn’t. Android is still Android, no different on the phone or the tablet. They both crash, eat up resources, and don’t look or work all that great. I’m not sure what Google is trying to do with their tablet strategy. I guess flood the market with cheap Android devices and take over. They are certainly succeeding (at least on the phone side of things), but their tablets still leave much to be desired. As it stands, there are no compelling reasons to pick up a tablet over the other available platforms.

On a Windows tablet, you can do anything, since its just a regular PC in tablet form. The iPad’s got all the apps and the ecosystem. Google kinda sits in the middle. There are some nice devices, such as the Nexus series of tablets, but they don’t do anything different than what your run-of-the-mill Android phone can do. Even less, considering the tablets don’t make phone calls or do text messaging. Its a real shame since the Nexus 7 is a beautiful device with a great screen. The software just isn’t there. Android is the new Windows Mobile. Capable of doing so much, but it takes work to get it to that point, and you gotta hope your app/device doesn’t freeze or crash along the way.

I think when it comes to computing/convenience devices, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone still has the advantage. Catering to provide a platform that accompanies a person on the go, rather than trying to be a fully-fledged computer in your pocket. Built to be more reliable, more secure, and to keep you connected and in touch with people, without being over-complicated or cumbersome.

Anyway, the Nexus 7 is a really nice piece of hardware. Slim, light, feels good in the hand, and has a great screen. Android is just not a great experience. Jelly Bean 4.3 doesn’t do much to create a better experience.

I mean if you have to buy a tablet, get an iPad for the apps, or get a Windows tablet for the sheer versatility and usefulness. If you don’t have the money, then I guess you can get an Android tablet. Just don’t expect it to be more than that thing that to play with when you sit on the toilet.

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