DASH had the chance to catch up with fellow ACPR student Steph Rochefort. She recently picked up a Nexus 7 for school, and we asked her to tell us a bit about that experience. -DASH
I purchased a tablet in September for school, and now that I’ve had a few months to play with it, I can say I absolutely love it!
My main device is a Macbook, but I wanted a small device for taking notes in class, surfing the web, and playing games. Do I need a tablet? No, but it’s certainly nice to have, and it beats lugging around a laptop and bulky charger all day.
I purchased a Google Nexus 7 because after some research, I decided that was the best tablet for my price range. Although I love my Macbook and iPhone, iPads are too expensive for my budget. Here are some specs of the Google Nexus 7:
- 16 GB for $249
- 7-inch display
- 1,280×800 resolution
- Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
The Google Nexus 7 is perfect for taking notes in class. I use an app called Evernote which allows me to sync my notes across all my devices (iPhone and Macbook included), so they are accessible to me anytime, anywhere. Throughout the day, I can check my email, go on Blackboard to view my assignments, surf the web, and even edit and create Microsoft Office documents. I’m currently using a free app called Kingston Office for this – it can access Google Drive, so my projects are also accessible on all my devices.
In addition to all the tasks it can do, I also love how fast the tablet is, how clear the screen is, and how long the battery lasts. Its Tegra 3 quad-core processor makes everything load quickly, and the high resolution screen is great for watching videos, movies, reading books, and playing games (school isn’t all work and no play!). I only find myself needing to charge it every second day, which is in line with its claims of 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading and 9 hours of HD video playback.
I really love my Google Nexus 7, and it was a great purchase. I don’t have anything negative to say about it, other than it is a bit tedious to type on so I don’t write long papers on it. It has become my primary device for everything except assignments that require lots of writing (think 20 page communications plans. It could be done, though).
I have especially grown to appreciate my tablet since my Macbook has been in repair for a week. I am actually doing just fine without it, except for not having Adobe Creative Suite. If you are looking for a portable device that can allow you to be productive and entertain you, check out some of the new tablets on the market. If you have been considering a tablet, I hope I have been helpful by sharing my experience!