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.