Can You Blog from a Nexus 7 with a Bluetooth Keyboard?


I recently purchased a new case with a bluetooth keyboard for my Nexus 7. After a while, I really started to like using the keyboard.  There will be a full review of the case coming but I wondered: Could I use it to write posts here on Gear Diary? The answer is yes!  However, it does have some quirks.

The biggest issue I am having with writing with the tablet is handling images. The Nexus 7 doesn’t have a way to attach USB storage without running a custom ROM. So you have to get pictures on the tablet in a different way. I used Google+ Photo Syncing to get the photo on my tablet. Also, I tried using Chrome for the better part of the post. This generally works, but I had issues inserting photos using Chrome. I saved a draft of the post and then logged in via Firefox. I also had a rough time inserting hyperlinks as well but I was able to work around it by dropping down to editing the raw HTML and inserting the link. Other then those items and the quirks of the keyboard itself, I think it is a very capable platform for blogging. If the Nexus 7 would have a better camera then I could use it for the whole post.

For my next post, I may try using the WordPress app to draft the post and do some final checks with Chrome to make sure the post itself looks good to go. The app is OK but I generally do not like using it because you cannot use any WordPress plugins in the app itself.

I plan to write more posts using my Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus together. More like this one! 🙂  Yes this whole post was wrote on my Nexus 7 with a Bluetooth Keyboard.

What do you think? Can you do the same with your Android tablet?  Have some tips? Share below.

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About the Author

Joel McLaughlin
Joel is a consultant in the IT field and is located in Columbus, OH. While he loves Linux and tends to use it more than anything else, he will stoop to running closed source if it is the best tool for the job. His techno passions are Linux, Android, netbooks, GPS, podcasting and Amateur Radio.

5 Comments on "Can You Blog from a Nexus 7 with a Bluetooth Keyboard?"

  1. I would estimate roughly 90% of my posts are written in part or all on my iPad. The trick is to find a good blogging program and find a way to sync photos. Sounds like you have the photos sync down at least.

    It’s been a while since I used WordPress for Android but I recall it being decent. And there’s probably a good third party app out there too.

    • Carly- can you document your workflow here or in a separate post? You have really got it down and I, for one, would love to get a clearer picture of how you approach it since I still don’t like posting from sn iOS device unless I have to.

      • Absolutely! I will do a separate post so it is clearer (and this way it keeps the android discussion separate).
        Sent from my iPad

  2. I’m on stock and rooted 4.4.2 on my 2012 Nexus 7 and using an OTG cable USB mass storage works fine?

    I use it fairly regularly to change the music on my in car pen stick.

    • Mine is a 2013 version. I have tried and it doesn’t work for me. Non rooted and stock. Most USB mounters require root and I don’t do root because of the security concerns. It is not good security practice to always be running as root. Just as you should not surf the web as administrator on a Windows machine. Doing so is just asking for trouble.

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