Dec 27 AT 8:05 PM Nick Sarafolean 75 Comments

The Nexus 7 is better than I gave it credit for

2013 Nexus 7

Remember how a month or so back, I wrote that article complaining about the fact that there was no new Nexus 10 yet? In the time since, not much has changed. There’s still no new Nexus 10 and judging by the rumors, it doesn’t look as though there will be one anytime soon. But one thing that has changed since then is that I acquired a Nexus 7, Google’s other tablet that comes in at a smaller 7-inch size. And after using it for more than fifteen minutes, you can color me impressed.

When I wrote about the Nexus 10, my main reason for wanting one was because of the increased size. I still enjoy the 10-inch size greatly. Those extra three inches of screen are beneficial in a multitude of ways and I simply preferred the size over 7-inch tablets. That is, until I extensively used a 7-inch tablet.

With no new Nexus 10 in sight, I switched my attention to the Nexus 7. I knew that if I was going to get a tablet, I still wanted one that was of the Nexus variety. The Nexus 7 offered nearly everything I wanted with the exception of the screen size, which I compromised on. After they announced a new 32GB model in white, I was sold on it.

For a few days now, I’ve been using the Nexus 7 and since using it for more time, my opinions on it have begun to change. Going into it, I’ll admit that I didn’t have the highest hopes for the Nexus 7. I did settle for it after all. It had a smaller screen than I really wanted and overall, wasn’t exactly the tablet that I’d really wanted.

Then I got a Nexus 7 and everything changed.

I found that I loved the size. It took a little time to get used to the intermediate size but once I was acclimated, I fell in love. Contrary to my previous thoughts, I found that the 7-inch screen size was shockingly handy. Not only is it much easier to hold and use than a 10-inch tablet, but the portability was a factor that I hadn’t thought about enough. I hadn’t thought that I’d actually be able to fit the Nexus 7 into the pockets of my jeans. Nonetheless, I attempted it and lo and behold, it fit! While sitting down is nigh on impossible with a tablet in my pocket, it makes it easy to carry around on the go.

Another benefit of the size that I hadn’t expected was the ease of use for consuming media. Previously, I believed that the bigger screen on a Nexus 10 was better for consuming media. But after using the Nexus 7 more, the 7-inch screen size seems to make more sense. Generally when I’m watching Netflix or YouTube, I’m lying in bed procrastinating about sleep and then, I really enjoy the smaller size. It makes it incredibly easy to hold the Nexus 7 with just one hand for minimal effort required to watch online videos.

In truth, the Nexus 7 is much better than I gave it credit for. It’s taken all of my expectations and flipped them on their heads, proving that it is indeed an extremely capable tablet that can rival its bigger 10-inch brothers. That’s what a tablet should do and the Nexus 7 certainly fits the bill.

What are your opinions? Are you tempted to switch to a smaller tablet like the Nexus 7? Or are you still holding out hope for the Nexus 10? Let us know.

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @Zricon15.

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