Believe it or not, the modern tablet as we know it today has only been around for two and a half years. Because of this, it’s hard to imagine the tablet market already making a major change- yet it has, and it has been since the moment Steve Jobs walked onto a stage at Apple HQ and whipped out the next big application canvas, the iPad. For only five hundred bucks, it did everything a netbook could, and looked damn good at the same time. Considering speculated prices up from a grand, this was a good deal at the time. Back in Holiday Season 2011, Amazon rolled out the Kindle Fire, the first Android-based device to make a cut into Apple’s Camelot iPad industry. But after a few months, despite great sales, the device fell behind. Sure, it was cheap, but it wasn’t as fast and capable as the iPad. And then, less than two months ago, Google’s Chris Yerga presented the company’s answer to the iPad and the changing tablet landscape… and the Nexus 7 did it all for only two hundred bucks. No, it’s not the iPad. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The Nexus 7, although the effects are not yet immediately apparent, has changed the tablet market forever- just like the iPad did to the PC market and Netbook market in 2010. But how is this possible? It’s smaller than the iPad, it’s just as powerful, and it’s a lot cheaper! Well, if you look at all of those things combined- the 7 inch form factor, the horsepower, and the considerably low price- you have a market winner.
Size matters. No, I’m not speaking of phallic organs here. Despite how you may feel when you initially hold and see a 7 inch tablet, the screen is quite large in comparison to most mobile phone displays, which range now anywhere from 3 to 4.5 inches in diagonal length. The 7 inch form factor is literally JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT of screen to deliver content to the user without feeling too small or too large. Remember, the tablet isn’t meant to replace the computer FOR MOST PEOPLE. For most, tasks such as browsing the web, sending and receiving email, consuming media (especially Netflix, this thing runs Netflix like a dream), playing games, and even being productive (Bluetooth keyboards are SO cheap now a’ days, and you’re going to want a stand no matter what when you pick one of these up. Personally, I’ve found that when I want to compute in bed, that I prefer using a tablet to my venerable laptop, especially for watching movies (running Ubuntu makes accessing Netflix a royal ass pain) and browsing the web (there’s no better way to look up fun facts on Wikipedia at one in the morning than doing it on a tablet, trust me).
Now let’s talk speed. The Nexus 7, if I haven’t already made this apparent, is a SPEED DEMON. It still amazes me that this thing is so cheap considering how speedy it is. I can easily jump from browsing, to checking my email, to watching a YouTube video, to shooting some zombies in first person, to reading a book, and watching a movie on Netflix in split seconds- just like everybody’s favorite Apple slate. Beyond this I don’t know what else to say, it’s just as fast for so much less, and that’s a great advantage.
Price is king. The old saying holds well- it’s undeniable the power that a price tag wields with it’s magic wand. If you can get essentially the same product for less than half the price of the best selling competitor, why the hell would you not take advantage of that opportunity? The Nexus 7, the only 7 inch device I can currently recommend to anyone, is very well built. It’s just as beautiful and sleek as Apple’s iPad, but for two fifth’s the price. That’s a win win situation if you ask me.
Why does it all matter? Because you deserve the best! Why should you go out and waste your money on something when you can get what you want in a cheaper and just as glamorous package? Exactly! You really shouldn’t. The 7 inch tablet is about to be the hottest selling tablet of the upcoming holiday season, and it’s for good reason- it’s just damn good. In fact, I felt pulled down the last time I used an iPad. There’s just something so elegant, so perfect, so simple about the smaller form factor. But, like other things, you’ll have to try it for yourself to see.