Hard-core Android fans know Google's Nexus line of products offer a pure Android experience and an unlockable bootloader which provides for further development and end-user modification. The average consumer, however, may not know or appreciate these two factors. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you fall though, the Nexus 7 has a lot to offer.
For tech enthusiasts, the Nexus 7 offers all of the latest and greatest performance and OS features you'd want, including Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) as well as a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core-plus-one SoC. The tablet also has a price tag that should be attractive to all users: $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for the 16GB version.
Google and ASUS put some time and effort into designing this tablet, and it shows. The Nexus 7 is very responsive, and some of the extra widgets and controls found in the OS add to the overall enjoyment of using the tablet. Google says Jelly Bean is the fastest and smoothest version of Android to date. From our tests, we'd have to agree: Jelly Bean was very responsive and we didn't experience any hiccups during our hands-on time with the Nexus 7.
There are plenty of other 7-inch tablets on the market today, including the popular Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. For a relatively similar price, we feel the Nexus 7 is much more attractive than either of these tablets since it provides a full Android experience without bloatware, as well as a powerful processor that can handle demanding games and content.
All in all, we feel Google and ASUS have a hit on their hands with the first Nexus tablet. Although the 7-inch form factor is popular at the moment, we also like what 10-inch tablets have to offer. Now that we've seen the first Nexus tablet in action, we're hoping Google continues to expand their line-up with a 10-inch model that's equally as powerful and as much fun to use.