Nexus 7 Review, Part 1: Introduction

tl;dr: I got a Nexus 7 the other day, and I plan to use it instead of my iPad and write my experiences here.

A bit about me and my biases: I’m an unabashed Apple user. I use a MacBook Pro as my only computer, carry an iPad with me to every meeting I go to (and I go to plenty), and use an iPhone 4S. So yeah, it’s safe to say I’m in Apple’s camp.

That said, I’ve also been a big fan of many of Google’s products. I use Gmail, and even use Google Apps for Domains for this domain and run its email through Google. My contacts sync through Google, and I use Google Voice as the number I give to most everyone.

My history with Android has been spotty. I’ve owned two Android phones in hopes of switching, and went back both times. The second time, I admitted that iOS is too good, and I’m not going to try switching again until perhaps much later.

My day job is managing developers, including teams who develop mobile apps for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. (We cater to a lot of large enterprises, and they still have BlackBerrys in droves.) I’ve been contemplating getting an Android phone as a second device, just so I can keep up with the latest and really know Android. When the Nexus 7 was announced, I decided that would be my device, and so I bought one.

I’ve been carrying the Nexus 7 in lieu of my iPad for 3 days now, and keeping notes. This is a hard thing for me to do, because I really have made the iPad a part of my daily life. That means the Nexus 7 has a lot to live up to, but I’m looking forward to how well it meets that challenge. I hope you’ll find my impressions interesting enough to follow.

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