The Google Nexus 7 has arrived at last! I took my time in ordering one,  and glad  I waited due to all the out of stock issues which would have only lead to disappointment and frustration. In the end I ordered from and used a £30 off voucher which made the16gb version only £169.99.

So first impressions are that even for the full retail  price this is a very nice tablet. It is about the same size as the original Kindle so it is very portable. In fact I am typing this post on it. I changed to TouchPal keyboard to really improve the speed of input. I haven’t had much of a chance to really play with it yet,  but Skype works really well,  as do many games (GTA,  great little war, dead trigger) and social media apps (Twitter, facebook). I am having great success with k9 mail for my imap email as well.

I will do a more up to date review after I have had a chance  to use it in more depth.

04/10/2012 Update – OK I have used the table quite extensively since it was delivered, and I have to say as a laptop replacement for general internet browsing it is quite pleasant to use.  I am using TouchPal keyboard which is pretty good, but does have a few bugs.  Typing a long email does get tedious, and although the glass is smooth I am sure too much swiping would eventually wear away your fingerprints!  I bought a right angled USB to go adapter so I could plug in my small KeySonic wireless keyboard with track pad which I normally use with XBMC on my media PC.  I also purchased a case – Mofred (comes with stylus).  I tested mounting a USB stick with StickMount and it works perfectly (I have rooted it). Of course I have also been playing some games – my favourite so far is Haunted House and Fifa 12.

The Google Nexus 7 is so small I can even fit inside my jacket pocket in the case.  Admittedly it is a tight fit, but also it doesn’t stick in to me too much which considering its size is quite impressive.  This means it comes out of the house quite a lot.


Gizmodo are reporting that the details for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet have been released, albeit unofficially.

An excerpt claims:

As rumoured, Google’s going to announce a 7-inch, Nexus-branded tablet called the Nexus 7. According to the leak, it’s built by Asus, with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM with two different storage variants: 8GB and 16GB.

The Nexus tablet will also feature NFC and run Google Wallet (probably only in the US) and Android Beam.

The screen is an IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle, running a resolution of 1280 by 800. The device will also sport a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The battery will also give you 9 hours worth of operation.

The 8GB model will set you back $US199 and the 16GB will cost $US249. No word in the document on local prices.

So working on the $1=£1 conversion factor used for most technology pricing, the 16GB will be ~£250.  I also doubt it will have an SD card slot :(.  I am hoping that a 10″ device gets announced shortly, but as soon as the 7″ version is ready for ordering I will place the order immediately!  I cannot wait and at this price it is aimed directly at the Kindle Fire, a market Apple has left open.

I am pretty excited about Google’s first Android tablet, the Google Nexus tablet – which has already slipped initial expected delivery dates and should arrive this summer. I have been putting off getting a tablet so far, mainly due to the cost at the upper end of the market, but I could be tempted if Google can deliver at their promised price point of $200.  So about £200 then on that magical 1:1 currency exchange the technology market seems to use 🙁

Google are now also selling Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, costing $399 and running Android 4.0.  The curved glass screen looks very interesting and I am pretty sure this could be my next mobile.