I don’t usually do straight up product reviews, let alone tech reviews, but Grant has informed me that he wants “a personal device” for Christmas. Um…? I did NOT see that one coming. We have lots of technology in this house and he seemed so happy to just borrow a brother’s device. (And the big brothers were really good about sharing with the little guy, as well as monitoring what he is looking at online.)
As luck would have it, I’ve been given a chance to review the Nexus 7 Tablet from Staples. Even though I use lots of tech products, as I said I don’t typically do tech reviews. However, since I was actually doing comparative shopping for a tablet for Grant, I decided to go ahead and give the Nexus 7 a try. Because we’re going to go ahead and give it to Grant, I had Devin and Conner take a look at it and give me their opinions. After all, they’re the ones who are often helping Grant when he wants to use their devices and they are better positioned to give their honest feedback: Is the Nexus 7 good for kids?
For detailed specs on the device, you can read about them on Staples’ website, but here’s what we thought about the Nexus 7 tablet: It’s light and narrow (just half a pound and a 7″ screen) so it’s good for smaller hands. It’s fairly easy to set up and to use, but it doesn’t come with any instructions, (or even an easy to find instruction screen) so you’re on your own at first, but once you get going it’s fine. We like that it’s a Google product, so that it’s Android based and we can directly access the Google Play store. There’s a ton to choose from there, and we can also add third party apps. We plan to have it filled with “Grant Appropriate” apps by Christmas morning.
Speaking of “Grant appropriate” part of the appeal of this tablet is the ability to create a user profile for Grant and set parental controls. I can set what apps he is allowed to access or movies that he is allowed to watch. The only thing I wish we could do is to set time limits for use. It doesn’t look like we are able to do that with this tablet.
We’ve noticed that a lot of time, Grant and his buddies will sit with their heads together, sharing the same screen while they watch videos about hamsters stuffing their mouths and cats jumping into grocery bags. This screen is clear and easy to see even if you’re viewing it from an angle. Pretty impressive.
Although the Nexus 7 tablet was provided to us, the fact that it retails for about $200 is a great selling point. It seems durable too. Even if something is a good deal, you still want to protect your purchase. I think I’m still going to get a cover for it, though. It may be durable, but Grant is a bruiser and we’re better off safe than sorry.
I think Grant is going to be one excited kid, come Christmas morning. Do you have a Nexus 7? What do you think?
You can read more about Grant HERE.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Nexus 7 tablet to review. All opinions are 100% my own.