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The Google Nexus 7, a good alternative to the iPad?

Google's new Android (Jelly Bean) powered 7" tablet has caused quite a stir in tech circles, with some even referring to it as 'the post-PC device for the rest of us'. While it remains to be seen if it can capture the imagination of the general public quite so completely as the iPad, it certainly seems to be off to a fine start.

The new TV commercial positions the device as a discovery and entertainment tool, somewhat different from many of Apple's iPad TV spots that highlight content creation. This is quite a smart move on Google's part. A 7" screen, especially one with a fairly narrow 16:10 aspect ratio isn't really optimal for content creation. It will be interesting to see how Apple tackles this challenge, should it decide to go ahead with the much rumoured 7.8" iPad mini. Will it also position the smaller iPad differently?

We've long held the opinion that a smaller iPad would make sense for the education market, but we are yet to be totally convinced that it's right for the larger tablet market. Perhaps one size simply doesn't fit all, perhaps we'll see larger and smaller tablets over the coming years?

What are your thoughts on the Nexus 7 and smaller screen tablets in general. Let us know in the comments below.

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Reader Comments (4)

Now there is a very good question, with no easy answer.
As an entertainment device it's worse than an iPad for several reasons, even with letter boxing, movies look better on the iPad and catch up services like iPlayer need you to side load apps to get it working.
As a gaming device the iPad wins too.
But as a device for social media or reading ebooks, the Nexus has the advantage, it's lighter and more convenient, you can comfortably hold it for far longer than any iPad.
Needs 3G to be a true killer device though, but for the money it's brilliant

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRatkat

I disagree that Nexus 7 "needs" 3G (or 4G for that matter). I bought a 64GB iPad 1 with 3G and I hardly ever used the 3G. And my phone can easily act as a hotspot, if needed. I wish the Nexus 7 had more onboard storage and/or an SD slot though. (I have a Pogoplug which somewhat alleviates this concern, but still....) But for me the killer features are its better-than-Siri voice integration and its extensive offline functionality. I tried a few things with Siri and Google Now side by side, and Google Now is the clear winner in terms of speed and *useful* functionality. And I like its lighter weight and one-hand size. That rubbery back cover feels great in the hand, too. HDMI out would have been nice too, but I bought an iPad adapter for that, too, and I seldom use it. So, in all, I think it's a good product at a terrific price. Let's hope Apple steps up with a superior product in response.

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob Loblaw

I got one recently. My SO wanted a tablet for web, email, PDFs, Kindle, Office-type functionality and Skype. Music listening would be a plus but not a must. I've been using iPads since they came out and use it for all the above *and* music creation apps. I've always bought the 64g Wifi-only config. She likes the iPad but doesn't like how heavy it is. I also thought it was overkill for what she needed.

So far the Nexus has been spectacular. She's very happy with it. It's light, smaller, so she's carrying it around everywhere. The display is great, battery performance is good. The UI is nice.

I think, for the tablet market at-large, it's a no-brainer, far cheaper than an iPad and handles all basic needs with aplomb.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel Marcos

Also, I don't think 3g is a must either. It's nice but not mandatory.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel Marcos

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