Google's first Android tablet, with its fast quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, compact size, and hi-res screen, offers the best bang for the buck of any tablet available today. It's the snappiest, most comfortable-feeling tablet I've tested.
What about having fun?
We thought you'd never ask! When you're tired of using the Nexus 7 for catching up on work email and preparing proposal and presentation drafts, you can kick back:
Browse the Web with a choice of desktop-class browsers.
Chat with friends over Skype or Google Talk.
Connect with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social networks.
Stream videos from local storage, from UPnP or Windows LAN shares, or from sites such as Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, and elsewhere.
Listen to music from local storage, from services such as Pandora or LastFM, or from your favorite Internet radio stations.
Catch up on the latest news from news sites and blogs.
Read ebooks through apps such as Google Play Books, Amazon Kindle, and B&N Nook.
Can you be productive using the Nexus 7? It depends on the work. If you need to crank out richly-formatted text, presentation, and spreadsheet documents, it would be challenging even on a 10-inch tablet because Android productivity apps aren't quite there yet. On the other hand, with the aid of Google Voice Typing and perhaps a Bluetooth keyboard, you certainly can create relatively lengthy text documents fairly easily. And the Nexus 7 is great for viewing documents, websites, and other forms of content; in fact, the ability to hold it in one hand comfortably gives it the edge over a heavier 10-inch tablet in many situations.
What about Samsung's similarly-priced Galaxy Tab 2 7.0? If the Nexus 7's lack of a camera doesn't bother you (it is possible to take low-res snapshots, thanks to a third-party app), the Nexus 7 outperforms the Samsung tablet in nearly every respect. Check out all its advantages.
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