Quick review: Impressions of the Nexus 7 from an everyday user

This guest post was written by Closet Nerd, the winner of last month’s Nexus 7 giveaway. This is written from the perspective of a regular, everyday user, summarizing his general impressions of the device after a couple weeks. For more in-depth information, you can take a look at our previous full-length Nexus 7 review.

As a reminder, there’s still time to enter the October Nexus giveaway. And in case you’re interested in submitting a guest post of your own, please get in touch.

So I have had my Google ASUS Nexus 7 for around three weeks. And as excited as I was to receive it, I will admit that I didnʼt use it much the first week. School, life, and work had a stranglehold on me, but thanks to procrastination and planning of epic proportions, I have been able to play around with the Nexus 7 for the past two weeks.

In that time, I have really gotten to know and enjoy my device. Although I havenʼt had as much time with my tablet as Aaron has, I can see how it would be easy to forget it is, in fact, stock. The OS runs super smoothly – maybe there is something to this “Project Butter” after all. Apps open quickly; even with multiple programs running, the quad core Tegra 3 handles everything I throw at it with ease.

I wasnʼt always a fan of OS animations, but here it all seems to flow together smoothly, adding to the overall package. To be honest, there wasnʼt much I didnʼt like about the tablet, except that at times scrolling seemed a little too snappy, occasionally bouncing back the opposite direction while scrolling through magazines. But I think that was more a user error.

One of the biggest surprises for me was the size. When the box arrived, I was pretty shocked. Having never seen a Nexus 7 in person, I wasnʼt sure what to expect. It almost seemed too small a box to pack such an awesome machine, but after an hour, I realized how great it was. I had played around with larger tablets that my friends owned, and they all felt awkward to type on, having to stretch across a large screen as my puny arms struggled to hold up the device. In this case, the 7-inch size seems like it was made for my hand, and typing – even in landscape mode –  almost feels like a natural task.

As far as weight is concerned, I watched almost a full season of The League before I realized I was still holding the tablet. All in all, I think this is a great machine. Even the faux leather back adds a nice touch. I also thought it would scratch easily, but it has stood up to being carelessly thrown in my bag – and when my two year old old nephew got his hands on it for 20 unsupervised minutes, it survived.

It is safe to say that in the short time I have had this device, I have become a Nexus fan, and now plan on getting even more Nexus products. Thanks, Pocketables, for the awesome giveaway, and the great site.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

14 thoughts on “Quick review: Impressions of the Nexus 7 from an everyday user

  • October 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm
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    looks good! now, be sure to help me win the next one…. i want!

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  • October 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm
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    I want the 32GB with HSPA – but I don’t believe that is available to win…

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    • October 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm
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      Yh that would be awesome. Sounds like you’re getting a lot of use from it.

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  • October 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm
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    I’m hoping for the next one!

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  • October 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm
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    Great review! Hope it’ll be me writing the next Nexus 7 guest post! :-)

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  • October 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm
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    Great review!!! Thanks for the information about the N7

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  • October 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm
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    Everybody around me has an iPad and I refuse to touch it even tho I’m a tech junkie. I just don’t like the perception that Apple is better especially when no one can tell me why. I want to show why android is and will knock apple out the tree.

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  • October 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm
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    Thanks guys, and thanks to pocketables for the opportunity. also the 8gb isn’t that big of a deal if you utilize cloud space or if you have something like this http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1790397 For me it’s not that big of a deal since most of my stuff is in Dropbox or Drive and I’m not much of a gamer but I might try to make one

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  • October 31, 2012 at 12:05 am
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    I hardly ever use my laptop now, except for occasional email backup and storage. That says it all. The go-anywhere format of the Nexus 7 is so appealing that it compensates for any shortcomings in tablet vs PC.These days it’s my main work tool *and* entertainment/ereading device.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 5:03 am
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    I currently have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone which I love, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that I was not that impressed with it until upgrading it to ICS, since the up grade, it has really made the TAB shine.

    That being said, I really want (dont need) a Nexus 7, and since it will now come out with 32GB, I can see one in the stable before Christmas.

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  • October 31, 2012 at 6:51 am
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    Nice review. If i were to get my hands on one, I could see my Computer only being pulled out for games and work.

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    • October 31, 2012 at 7:13 am
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      That’s pretty much what has happened, as I use it more I notice little things that make the experience much more enjoyable, but I may try to get ubuntu running to put the final nail in my desktop lol

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  • October 31, 2012 at 8:56 am
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    I wish I were too an owner of it…

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  • October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am
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    For surfing the web and email, I almost never pull out the laptop, Only reason is if I have to type a lengthily email or work on a spreadsheet, if not my TAB is it.

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