Twisty-Bendy Smartphones, Tablets on Horizon
As a Nexus device, this tablet gets its updates direct from Google (it ships with the current 4.3 version of Android) instead of having them arrive months late or not at all.
The "but..." sentence in every Android tablet review is the one mentioning the selection of tablet-optimized apps. Here, Google remains well behind Apple; where iPad users have 375,000-plus apps for their tablets, Google won't even say how many tablet apps have been shipped for Android. And some Android apps, such as HBO Go and Electronic Arts' Need For Speed: Most Wanted, don't run on the Nexus 7.
But in practice, this obstacle can shrink a bit. First, phone-sized apps look better on the Nexus 7, where they automatically and cleanly fill the screen, than on an iPad mini, where they're either surrounded by a thick black border or crudely magnified, with text and images appearing as blurry bitmaps. Second, I spend most of my time on my own iPad mini just reading the Web.
If the worst thing you can say about the Nexus 7 is that it's only good for browsing through the world's largest collection of human knowledge and creativity - sort of like the reading-only Newspad in Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, sadly without a Pan Am space shuttle to read it on - well, that's not so much of an insult.