Now I have been using Google Nexus 7 for almost 2 weeks.  My comment so far is that it is a nice tablet and should be greatly welcome by almost everybody in terms of functionality and price.  Please don’t compare it with Apple iPad. If you want to see a comparison of these two devices, check out this review. Google Nexus 7 is already excellent on its own supported by many apps.

I always appreciate the provision of free apps from Google Play.  These app developers have helped changing a simple device to a mobile computer.  Of the free apps installed, there are some really nice ones. The following are some of my recommendations:

News in general:
TED (video recordings of big events such as seminars, talks)
IMDb (online movie database)
News Republic (a collection of world news, beautiful UI)
BBC News

Utilities:
Advanced Task Manager (task killer)
Battery Widget (power displaying)
History Eraser (erasing history of apps)

Productivity:
Dropbox
Evernote
Adobe Reader (the best PDF reader, tools are bonus)
Currency (get the exchange rates)

Communication:
Skype
Facebook

ebooks readers:
Kindle
Aldiko
FBReader

Video players:
MoboPlayer

For creating documents:
Kingsoft Office

Anti-virus:
Avast!

Don’t forget there is no free lunch.  You must check the fine prints of those terms and conditions before you accept and install. Your usage may be used for other purposes.

I think one of the apps needed to be improved is the video call quality in Skype. Previously I used it several times on my phone HTC Wildfire and the calls sounded terrible. Now I tested a bit of making video calls on my Google Nexus 7 and the video and audio are beyond satisfaction. You may say it has to do with bandwidth.  But Skype and Viber have been working really fine on my iPhone.  Do I have a better option on this Google Nexus 7?

Never mind. In the world of technology, there will always be a newer and brighter star. Don’t expect seeing the best app on a mobile tablet. Start searching for something else. You won’t win if you don’t begin.

Featured image: The wharf. Summicron-M 50 mm, ISO160, f8, 1/360 sec

 

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