I may not come across as a tech geek, but let me tell you that I love the conveniences that modern technology offers. I love the portability, accessibility, and of course the sleek designs of the lastest gadgets. As a mom, I spent my fair share of time waiting. On Monday’s especially since Cakes has speech in the morning and gymnastics in the afternoon. I try to make the most of every moment in my day and instead of trying to sneak in a quick nap or spending money I shouldn’t be shopping, I take full advantage of technology on the go. While Cakes is at her Monday appointments, I’m completely content waiting for her (and truth be told even look forward to these moments) because I can be productive in what would otherwise be downtime.
Even with a very light laptop, sometimes toting it around just isn’t something I want to do. Wrangling an energetic 4 year old in and out of her car seat, across parking lots, and through waiting rooms just isn’t as efficient with only one hand. Two weeks ago I added a new tech gadget to my collection that makes staying connected and productive easy and convenient – the new Nexus 7 32gb Tablet from Staples.
NEW Nexus 7 Specs from Staples.com
- Built to bring you the best of Google in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand
- 7” display brings your entertainment to life in stunning clarity on a vibrant 1280-by-800 high-resolution display protected by scratch resistant Corning® glass
- Over 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing, 10 hours of reading and up to 300 hours of stand-by time so you spend less time charging
- Packed with 32GB and designed with gaming in mind
- Comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor, meaning everything is faster
- Powered by Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile platform
- Nexus 7 was made for Google Play™, so all the entertainment you love right is in your hand: the world’s largest collection of eBooks, millions of songs, thousands of movies and TV shows, and a growing selection of magazines – plus over 600,000 apps and games
- Nexus 7 comes with all your favorite Google Apps – like Gmail™, Chrome™, Google+™ and YouTube™
- 1.2MP Front-facing camera
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth™
- Android, Google, Google Now, Google Play, Google+, Gmail, YouTube and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.
My husband is a computer engineer so he’s probably the geekiest person I know and couldn’t wait to claim the Nexus 7 as his own. Between the two of us we’ve given the Nexus 7 a thorough test drive. Straight out of the box it was easy to connect the Nexus 7 to our network and start using it.
My Thoughts on the new Nexus 7 32GB Tablet by Google
- Great entry level price point for a tablet. If you’re on a budget, you can get a lot of tablet for half the price of competitor’s devices.
- The 7″ size is perfect for an ebook reader. Not as cumbersome as a larger tablet and only slightly larger than a paperback book.
- Having all of the Google applications pre-installed makes getting started really simple. Built in Google app notifications make integration between apps seamless.
- Google Play offers a great free alternate to iTunes match for listening to your music library while on the go.
- Despite having a rear-facing camera, Skype works really well and we’ve been using it a lot more to allow the grandparents out of state to visit with our kids. Although we’ve had some hiccups with connections from time to time, using the Skype app on the Nexus 7 delivers surprisingly good video chat quality.
- My husband travels to San Antonio for work each week and he enjoys the size as a mid-range alternative to hauling his laptop with him but with a larger view than his phone. And, the swipe keyboard makes note taking during meetings quick and easy.
- Battery life seems comparable to higher priced tablets.
My husband and I have just recently started talking about what we would do when Cupcake is old enough to need a little entertaining on 14 hour car rides to the beach. We already have an iPad for Cakes but since sharing probably won’t be an option, the Nexus 7 will be perfect for our youngest daughter to use. The smaller size will make handling much easier for her tiny hands and make dropping less of a possibility. I also am excited that Cakes is easily learning how to navigate on an Android device. She keeps searching for that home button (and so do I) but since she’ll likely be using a non-Mac computer once she enters kindergarten next year, this will be some good exposure to help her get familiar with things and learn to switch back and forth between operating systems as well. Overall the Nexus 7 has been a welcome addition into our technologically connected home.
Full disclosure, Staples provided me with this Nexus 7 32gb Tablet by Google. As always, all opinions in this review are my own and not influenced in any way. To see the Nexus 7 along with the full line of tablets available, visit Staples.com.