Google Nexus 7 Unbox – Not As Bad As You’ve Heard, and Setup is Pretty Good as Well!

I have heard a bunch of negative reports of people struggling to get the tablet out of the box … so I was really intrigued at the possibility of capturing my frustration on video! Perhaps it is the years of wrestling with so many over-packaged toys for my kids, but it was no big deal. In the video I compare the unboxing experience to that of the Griffin MIDIConnect.

But as I say the unbox wasn’t a problem, so then I got it started up and linked to Google services. While we will go into more details for our full review, let me be clear – Google clearly took detailed but somewhat illegible notes on the Apple and Amazon setup experiences. In other words, it is better than just about any Android device I have used, but lags behind anything from Apple or the Kindle Fire.

Here is the video – let us know what you think!

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7 replies

  1. Volume’s a bit soft for the unboxing; dunno if it’s a gain problem, the mic was too far away, or maybe you oughta turn down the intro a bit :)

  2. What did you think of the ergonomics, Mike? I loved the grippy back. Maybe not as “cool” as the metallic backside of an iPad, but IMHO definitely easier to hold.

    • iPad isn’t worth mentioning … It is inferior to the iPad in every possible way by a large margin. But that isn’t the point – the iPad isn’t the competition. Ergonomic ally it is a bit better than the kindle fire, but in terms of performance it is Definitely siginificantly better. But the overall feel is still that of an “affordable” tablet like the fire …

      • So I’m. Reading this with my iPad on my lap. It not only works but it works well. At the same time I can’t help but imagine that a 7-8″ form factor would be nicer for this kind of use.

        Mike- does this fit the bill?

        Sent from my iPad