We are a tech-family — I have been interested in computers all my life and took my first adult computer course when I was four years old. Technology can get a bad rap sometimes when it comes to parenting and raising children, people believing it can hinder the imagination of kids and cause them to be indoors more than outside. I happen to think that technology does wonders for my kids and there’s no doubt it is a huge part of my career.
We have multiple computers in the house, smart phones and more than one iPad and I am always on the look for the newest technology. I have been wanting to try out an Android device for a while now — with most of our products being Apple based or Windows, I have heard amazing things about the Android technology and hoped one day it would be something I could test out and toy with.
Thanks to Staples.ca, I have been given the chance to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to an Android tablet. They sent me the Google Nexus 7 Android 4.2, 32GB Tablet and for the past few weeks, I’ve been checking it out.
I use Google a lot for work — from Gmail to Google Calendar, I would be lost without both so a tablet that is build for Google was a big draw for me. I have an iPad at home so I wasn’t sure how I would feel with comparing the two, but as it turns out, there are some sure differences between the two.
The Google Nexus 7 is smaller than an iPad, but that’s not a bad thing! It fits perfectly in my hands and is so light-weight I almost don’t feel it. When I opened the package, all the contents were there in working order (which is important!) and I had to let the device charge to 100% before using, which took a few hours.
The set up of the device was straight-forward and quick. I had no issues with any of the set-up process and it guided me through all I needed to get to using the product. The speed of the device is nice and quick and once it turned on, I was really impressed with the clarity of the screen. I had fun browsing through Google Play to find all the apps I wanted — ones that I use all the time and sure enough, they were all there.
I love the large space that is available for this device. The 32GB will allow for a lot of music, books, movies, pictures and, apps to be put on the device and I don’t feel like I have to be too choosy for what to add due to a space problem. The battery life has been lasting me about 9 hours of continuous play and when it needs a re-charge, it doesn’t take a long time. The touch screen is very responsive and the front camera produces good-quality images. When it talks about having a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and how that will make all processes faster, it’s not lying. The device loads quickly, pages load without hesitation and everything runs smoothly. When playing music, the sound was decent and got loud (though it tended to sound a little distorted when loud, but I don’t have great ears) For more technical tech specs, visit Staples.ca write up of the Nexus 7.
I found all the apps I needed for the Google Nexus 7 that I typically use daily. There was Instagram, Facebook, Facebook Page Manager, Pinterest, Twitter and fun apps that I love like IMDb and Solitaire. Finding and downloading them was simple and I love that I can sort them out on different pages and the newest app doesn’t just take the next available spot like an iPad does. It allows me to organize it like I do my computer desktop and it’s something that I am used to doing. You can set the apps to auto-update, which is something I like and any notifications are viewed on the top bar with small icons.
If I Could Change Something
While all-in-all the device is great and amazing, if I am being picky, there are a few things I would change about the product. They aren’t issues that would warn me against recommending the product for a friend or regret a purchase, but notable for me anyway. The power button that allows you to put the device in sleep-mode or hold to turn off is really close to the volume controls on the side. A few times I have gone to turn up the volume only to sleep the device and need to re-login. It doesn’t take a long time, but when I was in the middle of a good video, it was a bummer. Also, I found the device to be a little hard to view when in direct sunlight, but turning down the brightness did help or fitting with a screen protector would likely cut down on some of the brightness.
All in all, I would recommend the Google Nexus 7 if someone was on the market for a high-quality Android device. It works great for business and for play and my kids have been enjoying the play time on it too.
If you’re in the market for a new tablet, you should get your hands on the Google Nexus 7 from Staples.
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