Google succeeds at shooting Amazon's Kindle Fire out of the sky; the company has delivered a superior piece of hardware at the same starting price. The Nexus 7 also beats out the same-priced Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (an Android 4.0 tablet with lesser performance and half the storage, but with a MicroSD card slot), and it beats out Barnes & Noble's limited Nook Tablet (which adds a MicroSD slot, but is restricted by B&N's custom Android version and the apps approved for it). I like the feel and design of the Toshiba Excite 7.7 better, but that model costs twice as much as the 16GB Nexus 7. Google hasn't positioned the Nexus as an iPad killer, but it's worth noting that the Nexus's price is a 38 percent savings over the cost of getting a larger-screen, same-size iPad 2, and a 50 percent savings over a third-generation iPad.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet is simply the best 7-inch tablet you can buy today. It performs well, but its mixed display performance and lack of a MicroSD card slot prevent it from eliciting unequivocal enthusiasm. Ultimately, the 8GB Nexus 7 is the best tablet you shouldn't buy today; although, that said, its relatively low price will soften the blow when you outgrow the Nexus 7's limitations and want to step up to another model in six months' time. At 16GB, the Nexus 7 becomes an affordably priced starter tablet that provides terrific battery life, solid performance, and the latest full-court version of Android. But beware of the storage limitations; they might be a deal breaker for anyone with a large media collection or a desire to download movies and TV shows from Google Play.