Friday, December 13, 2013

Product Review: Google Nexus 7 Tablet

A few weeks ago I was given the incredible opportunity to try out the new Google Nexus 7 tablet to help me in both my work and personal life, courtesy of Staples. I have been looking for a good tablet for a while, but hadn't yet committed to one I wanted to spend money on. I had a long wish list of what my tablet would include, and a teeny-tiny budget to work with. The Nexus 7 fits everything I was looking for.
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I am currently working from home as a full-time blogger and freelance writer while watching my 15 month old, and spend evenings and weekends with my husband and 4 year old. I run two websites, Celiac Baby! and Kat's Book Buzz, as well as the social media accounts that go with them. That means that I'm active on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Sverve, Google+, and LinkedIn. As a freelance writer and academic editor, I also manage my Elance profile and jobs.

I need to be connected all the time. Sometimes my laptop is not convenient, and my phone is too small for certain tasks. The Nexus 7 fills that void nicely. It has the world's sharpest 7inch tablet screen, so everything comes across crisp and clear, in a size that doesn't leave me squinting. Since I'm online most of the day, it's important that my eyes aren't straining all the time. It's small enough for me to slip in my purse or diaper bag, and at less than a pound it doesn't weigh me down.

On a professional level, the tablet helps me get things done. It's large enough for me to write emails and blog posts comfortably when I'm not using my laptop, and I can respond to job offers or read documents that wouldn't be possible to do comfortably on my smartphone. It's powered by Android and comes populated with several popular apps, but I was pleased to see how many Android apps are available free of charge or at low cost.

As a food blogger, the tablet has already made a huge difference in how I do things. There are several apps that make searching for gluten free products and restaurants a breeze. I write, store, and cook from online recipes regularly. The tablet is small enough to stay on my counter while I cook, and large enough to easily see the recipe while I'm prepping food. Previously, I would have to walk back and forth from the kitchen table to where my laptop would rest. For this reason alone, this tablet holds a special place in my heart!

As a book blogger, the tablet is great as an eReader and gives me access to the world's largest collection of eBooks. The large screen makes reading eBooks easy, and the added ability to stream music, surf the web, and watch movies makes this device a fantastic multi-tasker that simplifies my life. I can download eBooks, check out book trailers, write reviews, and read my favourite book blogs with ease.

A tablet this size isn't going to replace my laptop for all my activities, but with WiFi and optional 4G LTE, it's perfect for travelling or day-trips. It came in handy when my son was sick and we curled up with it to watch movies and play games online. I've only been using mine for a few weeks and I can't wait to see what else it has to offer.

*I received a complimentary Nexus7 from Staples in return for an honest review of the product.

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