It’s crazy to even fathom, right?
But I keep asking myself: can the Google Nexus 7 really surpass the new Apple iPad and become the leader amongst tablet users? Is it sacrilegious to even entertain the thought? Although I’m an avid Apple iPhone and iPad user, I have to admit that this new mobile device has me surprisingly intrigued and wanting more. So here are my five reasons why the Google Nexus 7 very well could become my new favorite tablet.(NOTE – There have been rumors about Apple releasing a mini iPad or smaller iPad version to throw into the mix that may combat Nexus 7’s immediate competitive advantages.)
The Google Nexus 7 is lighter and smaller than the new iPad, making it more convenient and easier to use with one hand. It doesn’t matter if I’m at home or on the go, if I need to find directions or look up some information, I find myself reaching for the Nexus first. Compared to the new iPad, it’s less obtrusive and it’s a better travel buddy. Essentially, I use my tablet as a replacement for my laptop, so it needs to easily adapt to wherever I go. If I plan on being stuck in one place for awhile, I’ll choose the iPad, but for quick, easy access on-the-go, the Nexus gets the edge.
Nexus’s new Jellybean OS is highly customizable, which is great for controlling how I want to experience my tablet. Don’t get me wrong, Apple’s iOS is beautiful, but if you want to customize it or tweak it, you can’t do much.
GMail, Google Calendar, Chrome, YouTube, Google+ and other Google apps come with the Nexus 7. Although I’m primarily an iPhone and iPad user, my personal and professional life runs through my Google accounts. The Google Nexus 7 makes streamlining my accounts more convenient and customizable. Google Now is also a pretty cool feature that delivers everything from weather to traffic before you start your day. http://www.google.com/landing/now/
NO “JAILBREAKING” NECESSARY! You can download directly from the web with the Google Nexus. The one thing that always bothers me about Apple products is that they control everything I can consume on their devices. If I want to buy a song or use an app, it has to go through them. Apple even makes it inconvenient to use another internet browser. Maybe that’s what keeps their operating system so “simple” and organized, but I like freedom. Does everything always have to go through iTunes? Really? Call it a great business model by Apple if you want, but I want to be able to download, upload, consume and play wherever I please.
The Google Nexus starts at $199. The new iPad starts at $499. That’s an extra $300 in your pocket.
In my heart, I still favor Apple products. Mainly because I was there since the first iPod, but my mind is telling me to start paying attention to technology outside of Apple. It’s good to see competitors bringing more to the table. With stiffer competition, Apple can’t hike up the prices on us (as much) as they have in the past. In fact, the rumored iPad mini may fall at a price point that will rival the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. It’s getting very, very interesting in the mobile device industry. Who knows what the future holds.