A Great Review of Nexus 7 Tablet and a Comparison with iPads
Google has officially entered the tablet market with the release of the Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet. The Nexus 7 tablet is a seven inch tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich aka Android 4.0. The tablet sports a quad core processor. For a full break-down of the technical specs and how they compare with those of iPads and the Kindle Fire, I recommend reading What the Google Nexus 7 Means for Schools written by Eric Curts. For a hands-on evaluation of the new Nexus 7 Tablet take a look at this review on Androidica.
Eric Curts gives very high marks to the Nexus 7 in his review. He brings up some great points about the technical specs and price point ($199 USD for the 8gb mode). Eric thinks that it will be a very good alternative to iPads. I’m not quite ready to go there for three reasons. First, I haven’t had my hands on a Nexus 7 yet. Second, as he points out and I agree with him, it needs an additional rear-facing camera. At this stage of the tablet game I’m very surprised that Google didn’t include one. Third, I’m partial to 10″ tablets because I think that 7″ is just a little too small to be an effective workspace if you want to use the device for creating content frequently.
The Nexus 7 certainly appears to be a slick device. I plan to get one and try it when they ship in July. That said, until all tablet interfaces (iPad and Android) become more friendly for content creation, I’ll still recommend a laptop as the primary device in 1:1 programs.