A Pair of Nexus 7s Is the Family Plan of Tablets
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
June 28 2012 01:58 PM ET
Tracking my iPad by watching for photos she posts to Instagram.
CREDIT: Instagram: Liz Grace Furbush
Up until now, the term "tablet" was just a politically correct way of saying iPad — the only tablet that mattered to most people. But the Nexus 7 could be a contender for several reasons.
The most important one is price. The Nexus 7 will sell for a base price of $200 starting in July. That's the same as Amazon's Kindle Fire, which is not much more than a glorified Kindle, and less than half the price of an entry-level iPad. That iPad has 16GB of memory, however. So to match it, you'd need the $250 version of the Nexus 7.
If you're single, the iPad may be the way to go. It has a larger screen (9.7 inches versus 7 inches for the Nexus 7), with a 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution that dwarfs the Nexus 7's 1280-by-800. Plus, Apple devices have a surplus of accessories and are generally the first to get the plum new apps.
But if you have a partner, or especially kids, one tablet will not do. For the price of one iPad, you can get a pair of Nexus 7 tablets.
You may be skeptical about buying even one tablet. I was. Did I really need another Internet device? I work on an all-in-one computer with a roomy screen, there are several laptops in the house that rotate among the kids and we all have smartphones. But when the new iPad came out earlier this year, I couldn't resist. In just a few months, it has become my camera, my video recorder, my home phone (via Skype), my stack of bedside books and my TV.
However, my iPad is currently on loan to my daughter, who is visiting Paris. It's tough to do without my iPad, and I've lost sleep wondering what may happen to it in her travels. If we had gone the Google route, we would each have a tablet. Should she lose or break hers, $200 or $250 is a bit easier to stomach than $500. And that screen, while not as large or high in resolution, is made of Corning's durable Gorilla Glass — just as good for world travels as for careless kids.
Plus, if you purchase the Nexus 7 from the Google Play website, you'll receive a $25 gift certificate that you can use toward apps, movies, music, books and other entertainment options. That will keep the kids occupied for at least a little while before they come asking for permission to buy more.
If you're thinking about buying a tablet, your best choices are between an iPad and the new Nexus 7. Clearly, I need another one in this household because I'm afraid my daughter won't want to give it back when she returns next week. Her iPad replacement? My money is on the Nexus 7, a good alternative for teens and their parents who worry about a pricey device getting lost or damaged.