I had good luck with my previous tablet, which I dropped and broke, so I was convinced of the usefulness. I used it mainly for reading and browsing, but since I was going to buy another one, I wanted an upgrade. My previous tablet, a PanDigital was 7 inches, and I wanted to stay at that size. 10 inches is just too bulky to carry around easily.
It came down to the Samsung Galaxy and the Nexus, but Nexus was the easy choice. They both have 7 inch screens and the Samsung did have the advantage of an SD slot, but I decided 8 gig would be plenty. If I need more storage, I’ll use the cloud. Plus, the Nexus was $50 cheaper (at $200).
Some things I noticed right away–blazing fast boot up speed, more stable wifi connection, much faster page loading. And two big pluses in apps–a Chrome browser, which I already use on my desktop, and the ability to load Zinio magazines.
If you haven’t heard of Zinio, I’m not surprised. It’s not mentioned much when talking about ereaders, because the buzz is all about Kindle and Nook. Both of which have lousy magazine selections–Zinio has a much bigger selection–it’s the “king” of electronic magazines. You have to have high powered hardware to run Zinio–even my smartphone doesn’t have the capability. The Nexus handles it easily.