The other reviews of the Nexus Seven out there are probably unbiased, but they’re awfully rushed (VergeGadget get ’em on the air in less than 24 hours, which is impressive, but still). Mine are presumably biased, but the fruit of much longer exposure. Mine are absolutely biased by my powerful conviction that the 7-inch form factor is the right one for most personal uses of a tablet. (10-inch wins for sharing across the desk or along the sofa).
Screen · It’s good enough. Any pixel density north of 200dpi or so is fine for me; I care more about color. Which on the 7 is more honest than your typical ultrasaturated Samsung, but on the other hand, I can’t actually say that my pictures look better. A screen-full of small-font text is perfectly readable to my fifty-plus-year-old eyes.
By the way, I have a particular way I’ve got used to distributing my icons and shortcuts across two or three screens. But on the 7, the extra launcher screens are kinda wasted, because everything I launch fits on the home screen.
Size · Just right for propping up on your chest in bed.
Battery Life · It’s good enough. Tablet builders have an easier time of it. I charge mine every other day whether it needs it or not. On the other hand, when I played Air Attack HD for a couple of hours on the plane, I noticed that took a chunk out of the battery bar
It charges through the USB... Win!
Size · Can’t beat it for those twitchy games, and your wrist won’t get tired this side of Level 20.
Performance · It’s really pretty good. Maybe a little snappier than my Galaxy Nexus. But some of that would be Jelly Bean at work.
Size · Fits in any reasonable lady’s purse
Software · Jelly Bean is really excellent. Which is to say, ICS was really excellent, and JB makes it a little quicker and a little slicker.
And I have to shout out in particular to Google Music, which is a fine piece of work.
Size · Fits in any well-tailored gentleman’s inside jacket pocket.
Price · Outstanding.
Size · One hand is always free to fiddle with the screen.
Gripes · No mobile data. I’d totally pay another $50 or so.
The Economist app doesn’t work. Come guys, you’ve had plenty long enough, get it done already.
Size · Economy class? No problemo!
Google Play · Sorry, can’t help you here. Lots of stuff isn’t available in Canada yet and, as for books, I’m totally locked into Amazon because I sell underpants and thus get books for free.
Having said that, Kindle on JB on the 7 runs like a champ.