Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.
Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.
For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.
So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.
The Nexus 7 was easily one of our favorite devices from the summer of 2013. The specifications weren’t exactly the greatest, but the tablet itself held a lot of meaning. Its price was incredibly competitive – at or near cost. It was the first 7-inch tablet with a gorgeous, 1080p display. And it, like all Nexus devices before it, came with the purest Google experience possible.
It was a fantastic buy at the time of its release.
But how has it stood up against the test of time? That’s what we’re here to cover in the latest episode of After The Buzz. Think of this as the Nexus 7 2013 review … part two.