Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Google Nexus 7 Review....

I’m not a huge geek when it comes to the latest technology but I am a real fan of devices that help get things done with ease. My hubby and I use our iPad for so much already but with one device between us, we can often be found squabbling over whose ‘turn’ it is!

I had previously been intrigued by the many alternative tablets on the market and after browsing through reviews of various types on the Argos website, I decided that I liked the look of the Google Nexus 7 tablet range. Smart, affordable, pocket-sized and readily come with fantastic reviews. It wasn’t long before this arrived in the post....

Google Nexus by Asus 7 – 16GB, Priced £159.99, Argos Online

When the tablet arrived I was surprised by how compact the device was and even before turning it on for the first time I could tell that it was a high quality, stylish piece of kit. Setting it up was effortless too; I didn’t even bother looking at the enclosed instruction guide as everything was very intuitive and straight forwards.

My first impressions of the Google Nexus 7 were super positive; the touch screen is beautifully smooth and responsive and the colours are vibrant and sharp. I was also impressed by the depth of the visuals on the screen, sound quality and the overall quality of the build. I can see it fast becoming something that I’ll keep out and use every day!

Once I had completed the initial set-up, I had a go at downloading some apps from the Google Play store. To be honest I was quite overwhelmed by the amount of choice on offer so my initial downloads were duplicates of my iPad favourites: Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin’, Pinterest, Youtube and the obligatory Candy Crush!

Much like iTunes, The Google Play store doesn’t just offer apps but also has reasonably priced movies, TV shows, games, magazines, books and music. Exploring the world’s largest eBookstore is a rather fantastic experience; I’ll certainly never be stuck for choice when it comes to what to download next. I can see the store coming in useful in preparation for holidays and long journeys too!

As so many of the apps are free, I have only purchased one app from the store so far. I am a massive fan of Jamie Oliver and couldn't resist downloading the “20 Minute Meals” app which is priced at £4.99.

The app features 60 quick and easy recipes accompanied by stunning step-by-step photographs and video tutorials. Using this app gives you a really good feel for the capabilities of the Google Nexus 7 and my favourite element is the handy shopping list feature which sorts ingredients by the different aisles within the supermarket. This pleases the obsessive list-making side of me very much! As the Nexus 7 is such a handy little size it is super easy to create your shopping list on there and take the tablet out shopping with you, crossing things off as you go!

Each recipe comes with a list of equipment and ingredients that you’ll need and each step of the recipe is super detailed leaving no room for error. We've made the ‘Rigatoni Arrabiata’ so far from the app and it was delicious, I’m looking forwards to trying out many of the other 59 recipes!

As mentioned above, the Google Nexus 7 is a really great size. I’m able to hold it in one hand and it is super light (340g) so it’s perfect for taking out-and-about. From what I have seen so far it also has an excellent battery life of up to 9.5 hours and the tablet can be charged either via plug or a mini USB wire, both of which are included in the box. I’ll also add that the USB wire is great addition for transferring photos/videos/etc between your computer and tablet.

[Movie store on Google Play]

One of my favourite aspects of the tablet is that it looks beautiful and is actually very customisable, it feels so much more personal than the ‘app launcher’ style of the iPad. I’ll certainly have lots of fun making the tablet ‘my own’ and the Google Nexus 7 certainly makes this very easy.

I’m currently on the lookout for a nice case or cover to keep the tablet in too so if you have a good one please let me know where you got it!

[Pinterest app]

I am really enjoying using the Google Nexus 7 so far, in fact it has become my ‘go to’ device recently for everything from quickly checking emails to catching up on blogs. I love the fact that it is so sleek, customisable, speedy, and user-friendly as well as being such an awesome size.

The only downside that I have discovered (and honestly I do think it’s quite a huge one!) is the fact that the only camera is on the back on the same side as the screen, making it near impossible to take photographs of anything other than yourself! This is such a shame because it’s actually pretty good camera.

Do you own a Google Nexus 7? Please share your experience of it with me and let me know what your favourite android apps are!

This post was written in association with Argos.

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