To my core I am geek. I get twitchy when I can’t have the latest and greatest software, hardware, or new piece of tech. That’s why I am such a huge advocate of sticking with Google’s Nexus line of phones. You can pretty much guarantee you will always get timely updates to new software versions (like Jelly Bean) and apps (like Chrome). While rooting (hacking) your device is always an option, it is not always the best option. Many times functions are missing, things are broken and it just feels “hacky”.
What does this have to do with the Nexus 7 you ask? Well the Nexus 7 is a “Nexus” device, meaning it will always get updates quickly straight from Google. For $199, I have a device that will satiate the need for the latest software on Android and let me enjoy some of the offerings from other manufactures. Just in the past few weeks I have used a Motorola Atrix HD and a Samsung Galaxy S III. Using these along side my Galaxy Nexus, I have found things that I really like about both of these devices’ software. Both Motorola and Samsung have some really nice things they do with software not found in Jelly Bean.
Owning the Nexus 7 gives me the freedom to try other devices and not feel like I am missing out on the latest from Google. Truth be told, we (the tech community) always babble on about stock Android and how we wish it was on all devices, but the fact is some manufacturers do add value with their custom software and more advanced hardware. With my twitchiness satisfied by the Nexus 7, I am able to open myself up and enjoy some of these other devices.