Monday, 27 August 2012

Nexus 7 with Tips and Tricks

With the recent launch of the Nexus 7 I was intrigued as to whether it had a place amongst my gadgets. I already have a main laptop, a netbook and an android smart phone. Anyway I thought form factor would be be perfect for mum and if I got it now I could try it out for myself. The price definitely made it much more accessible for the more frugal 'gadgeteers' out there. Apple's iPad was interesting but for the price I would rather other people spent their hard earn cash first. £160 for the 8GB in a smaller less cumbersome form factor, built on a platform that generally offered more choice was a much more persuasive offering to me.

Initial thoughts

  • Build Quality - It felt compact without excessive weight and solid enough to use without being paranoid.
  • Design - Clean with nice textured back and unobtrusive power and volume buttons (the only sticky outty bits). I was a little puzzled by the front-facing camera with no applications to utilise it. Miss the camera on the back but it absence means I don't look ridiculous using the tablet like an oversized phone - I did see someone doing exactly this with an iPad at a conference recently.
  • Performance - Smooth and responsive

Tips

  • Taking a screenshot - They finally added this as standard feature. Hold the power and down volume buttons down simultaneously which will trigger a sound and animation. You can either find the screen shot under 'Screenshot' in the gallery or you can click the 'Share' symbol in the 'Notification Try'.
  • Damage management - People will have different ideas on whether they want to cover up their shiny gadget. And different views on what to cover it with. I was going away and got something quickly which I hoped would be not too bulky yet smart looking. It also has a magnet so it powers on when you open it up. Google Nexus 7 Tablet Case - Black Carbon Fibre Print PropUp Stand Case Cover
  • Extra storage - TBC :)

Applications

Here is a list of applications I found useful and/or interesting that you can install from Google Play
  • Camera Launcher - Now you can do something with that front-facing camera.
  • Amazon Kindle - Books on the move without the bulk and weight.
  • TweetDeck - For your twitter-like activity, twitter or facebook status updates.
  • Evernote - Notes and checklists in the cloud with clients with clients for multiple OSes
  • Linode Android - Control your servers remotely
  • Pocket - Store webpages for reading offline later.
  • GSRemote - Remotely control Grooveshark running on a desktop somewhere.
  • uTorrent Remote - Remotely control uTorrent running on your desktop

That's all folks!

Well not really. I'll come back and update this blog as I discover more.

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