What can I say about the Nexus 7 that hasn't already been said? This thing is freaking AWESOME and I'd take it over any of the iPaid( too much) line of dumbed down closed proprietary hardware/software without so much as a working USB port any day of the week ... twice on Sunday's. When Google spec'ed this device for Asus to build they got it right. Every other tablet I looked at had one or more limitations, something I needed but stripped out to keep the costs down (Of course Google being willing to go out on a limb and produce a $300-350 tablet and sell it for 100 bucks less, basically cost, had a lot to do with that) Frankly I expect the new version coming out late this summer to be a hardware downgrade for Power Users like me but it'll probably get better battery life which the average consumer who's mainly interested in streaming multimedia or updating his Facebook page on the run will see as an improvement.
The absolute hands down best part of the Nexus 7 is it is so Open, unlocking and rooting it was trivial as was adding a better recovery bootstrap/bootloader. The Source Code for the OS as well as the Linux Kernel is all freely available so there are literally dozens of well working alternatives for both out there and flashing them with a ROM Manager (I used GooManager) is as easy and painfree as it gets. Do you want to improve your iPad's OS and Kernel? Too bad for you because you are forbidden by the Apple Police to do anything to their software and hardware, you don't own any of it, you rent it. Google even spec'ed the back case cover to be easily removable multiple times without breaking the tabs like every other throwaway piece of Consumer Crud (including the iPod, iPhone, and iPad) out there today. Swapping out the battery could be done in under 2 minutes without hardly trying (In an iPad it takes half a day's labor and a heatgun just to change the freaking battery .... sheesh) In other words Google not only gave us permission to hack this thing they WANTED us to hack this thing and find new uses even they never dreamed of.
The Nexus 7 has an amazing array of sensors making it effectively a 'scientific lab in a box' and with a working USB port and PL2303 USB to serial drivers already compiled in the kernel means I can use it with my existing (mostly homebrew) serial port based test equipment and radios. I can even use my Netbook2Chartplotter's USB to serial adapter that reads my NMEA Depth Sentence serial output from my fishfinder and plug it into the USB port of the Nexus 7 so it's available to mapping programs on the Nexus 7 that use the "7"'s built-in GPS, something that I believe I'm the first person to do. Unfortunately since there is no mapping software out there to leverage this ability in 'Real Time' (One of the problems with being a first) the best I can do so far (and mind you I've only had this for a little over a week) is use a Linux Terminal program to log the NMEA Depth Sentence along with the GPS NMEA Position Sentences to a file for later evaluation in one of my mapping programs like Dr Depth or OziExplorer.
The '7' has the Android Blogger app and I'll be able to post 'on the water' from the boat which although is possible with the current setup it was too much of a hassle. Now I can leave the maps up or be actively mapping and post from the '7' using the Netbook2chartplotter's internet connection ....
Did I mention I was a Power User?