Putting Down the iPad; Nexus 7 in Real Life

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Recently I wrote a lengthy comment/review on the Skooba Weekender bag Dan reviewed last July. During that review, I mentioned that I am a road warrior and generally spend at least one or more nights out of town 40+ weeks of the year. A few weeks ago was one of those rare times where I was working in my NYC office all week. Being in the office allowed me an opportunity to spend some quality time using the Google Nexus tablet I had purchased some time ago. In the past, I’ve made an attempt at using the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, but found the 7″ design was not for me. I decided that, with the introduction of Jelly Bean and the passage of time, it was time to give the 7″ form another try. Overall, I agree with the prior comments on the tablet’s shortfalls discussed by Dan and Mike in their video chat.

By way of background, I am a huge fan of the iPad and have been since its inception. I generally only bring my iPad on my weekly trips. There are some longer, or special trips, where I feel a laptop is necessary. At those times I usually bring my MacBook air. I am much more of an information consumer than content creator, although I do mark up PDF’s regularly. The iPad is excellent for the way I work on the road.

During my commute from the suburbs to NYC, I usually have a briefcase with my iPad. I have a desktop computer that I use for work throughout the day in the office, but I have my iPad with me for meetings as a means to take notes and look up files.

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I decided to leave my iPad at home and only bring my Nexus Tablet to the office. Since I am mostly paperless, I was able to leave my briefcase behind. I immediately found this to be … liberating. I wear a suit to the office every day, and the Nexus fits perfectly in the inside jacket pocket. In order to do this I did have to remove the case I was using. I liked it and, as a result, I have grown quite fond of using the Nexus with no case.

During the day, I found the Nexus provided a similar consumption experience to my iPad. I was able to load files onto the device and the PDF’s were simple to read. I was able to sit in meetings and mark up PDF’s using the same or similar apps to those I use on my iPad. While it worked fine, I will admit that the larger screen of the iPad makes it a little easier, but I quickly got used to the smaller screen of the Nexus.

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Overall, I enjoyed using the Nexus all week, but did not realize its true value until the fourth night of my experiment. I was out to dinner with my family and received an important email on my iPhone. The person asked if I had access to a computer to review something that could not be done on a phone. I started to reply to the email that I was out to dinner and would not have access to a computer for at least an hour, when I realized the Nexus was sitting inside my suit jacket pocket. I quickly deleted the email and responded that while I was not at my computer, I did have access to a tablet. The person emailed me the file and details and, ten minutes later, I finished handling an important issue. Oh, and I also had a very happy client.

I am not ready to give up my iPad; I will still use it for content creation and when sitting on the couch. The Nexus, however, is now my go-to companion device when I leave home. In the future, I’ll write a bit about the apps I am using on the Nexus vs. those I use on the iPad. Yes, as many have commented, the apps are generally a bit better on the iPad, but Android has definitely come a long way.

By the way, I enjoy using the Nexus so much that I am writing the initial draft of this article on my Nexus while using my new Logitech Bluetooth keyboard.

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5 replies

  1. I found that I enjoy my Nexus 7 as well and the 7″ format is small enough and more functional than I expected, but I definitely notice the “grainy” screen resolution when compared to the iPad and a number of my key “go to ” apps are simply not available for Android or don’t work correctly on Android (I’ve disussed some of these in my previous posts). As a result, I can’t rely solely on the Nexus and I find myself gravitating back to my iPad more and more. I also find the experience of pairing it to my Macintosh to be a frustrating one compared to the ease of the same process on an iPad. the Google app for Macintosh is abysmal and Google should be ashamed of it!

  2. Christopher,

    Seems like we have fairly similiar opinions. I am enjoying the Nexus more than I originally expected but find its real benefit is as a portable consumption device. The iPad is still my go to device for a bit more heavy lifting. I am curious to see if my usage is due to the 7inch form factor or the android operating system. Hopefully, I will find out soon if Apple releases a Mini.


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