Google’s Nexus 7 isn’t just an excellent tablet for $200. It’s an excellent tablet, period. In fact, it’s the first Android tablet that I can confidently recommend to buyers — and not just because it’s got a low price tag (though that certainly helps). It’s a well-designed, powerful, and useful product, with lots of bells and whistles that makes it feel like a device that should be more expensive than it is.
There are still issues that need to be addressed — particularly around growing the tablet app footprint and expanding content offerings — but I don’t think those are deal breakers. The Nexus 7 delivers way more functionality than I expected, and it delivers it in a package that’s sleek, smart, and affordably priced.
Believe it or not, the last time I was surprised by a product with those same qualities, it was called the iPad.
Be it excited hyperbole or not, I tend to trust Topolsky’s reviews. Accordingly, my quantity of interest has graduated from vague intrigue to active pursuance. For the sake of contextual reasoning, I may have to invest.