Now that I have had a chance to play around with a new Nexus 7 for several days, I can say my reactions are mixed. The screen view is incredibly clear, even for my old eyes, but the touch response leaves a bit to be desired. This early Android Jelly Bean release features “Google Now”, Android’s much touted Siri counterpart, which, imho, also leaves a bit to be desired. So as not to totally confuse you, Jelly Bean is Android’s latest OS (Operating System) and newly released last week. Actually, if memory serves (and it doesn’t always these days), the same day this new 7″ Asus tablet was released.
Jelly Bean is quite impressive looking upon start up. I like the simplistic arrangement of the icons and home screen. Finding your way around is not as intuitive as I’d like to see but is also not totally impossible to figure out upon a few minutes of trial and error playing around.
“Google Now’s”, haven’t named her yet, comprehension of what is being said is pretty limited, although better than Apple’s Siri, again in my opinion. Her response time isn’t bad but her ability to speak seems to be on again off again. One minute she’s a bright and shining star with character and “personality?” the next she’s not talking at all but merely pumping out written responses to your requests for information, most of which are web searches.
Both Ai’s are admittedly in their relative infancy’s, but as highly touted and promoted features, they don’t really stand up to the test of their mettle (I guess it’s only natural to assign human characteristics to these new characters!). I’m sure both will develop in time to be quite awesome, especially for a generation that grew up without computers throughout schools as did the baby boomers, but at release, neither are quite ready for primetime and may be more frustration than they’re worth!
The Nexus 7 or the iPad 7 (if the rumored to be new 7″ iPad that’ll have Apple’s Siri on it, in all likelihood) should prove to be hot stocking stuffers (well maybe a little bit more than stocking stuffers) this coming Holiday Season. That is, if my predictions for a Pre-Christmas iPad 7″ tablet release, hold true and if, and this is a big “IF”, the iPad 7 can compete with the price point of the Nexus 7. The New Nexus 7 sells for $199 for the 8Gb version and $249 for the 16Gb version. By then, all operating systems should be new – i.e. Jelly Bean for the Nexus 7, and iOS 6.x for the iPad.
Don’t take my word for it, get out there and give Siri or Google Now, or both, a spin and let me know what you think. Google Now is available on Jelly Bean OS Models and Siri is available now on iPhone 4S’s. You don’t have to buy one to try one, they’re available at displays in your local electronics stores and/or departments. I know, I know, how can you talk to a gadget at the store and wait for an “Intelligent” response, you’re saying. Well, just think, they’ve had us talking to machines for some time now every time we call anywhere, be that private homes, cell phones, businesses, government, and on and on. You should be quite used to it and, worst yet, everyone around you should be used to hearing people talk to machines and expect an answer! Bottom line, no excuses to not see what all the hubbub is about, check them out now.