Why the Google Nexus 7 is better than the iPad
The Google tablet's advantages in flexibility, usability, and form factor might make you ditch your iPad
By Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | Published: 16:53, 08 August 12
I gave my iPad to my wife. It wasn't (just) because I love her. I was given a Google Nexus 7 to try and found it did all the things I needed from the iPad. It's more flexible, more satisfying for my travel- and information-centric life, and - most importantly - offers a far better form factor. I take it with me everywhere. Here are seven reasons I gave my iPad away for a Nexus 7.
App freedom of choice
On the iPad, everything I run has to be vetted by Apple. That means nothing that competes with them in ways they don't like, as well as very little open source software. On the Nexus 7, there are multiple app stores; I have used two. First there's the Amazon App Store, which gives me access to their Free App Of The Day and their full catalog for the Kindle Fire. The other is F-Droid, a library of free and open source software that lets me see which apps protect my privacy and software freedoms. Not only do I have all the apps I have ever needed, but also I know that none of my suppliers can lock me in and their competitors out.