Dear Santa, it’s been rough this year. I can’t come up with a single idea for anyone. Normally I know exactly what I want to get everyone, plotting and scheming for months ahead. Counting pennies and making sure everything magically comes together. This year… Nothing. Where oh where is my Christmas magic? Will there still be a Christmas, heck yeah. Do presents matter? Not one bit. But I do really enjoy giving them, so I’m a little bummed out.
Last month Staples sent me the Nexus 7 to test out. And to be honest, I’m against these sort of hand held thingumabobs that are just one more doodad we need to carry around to not hold a conversation with the person next to us for. So, when Staples offered, I wasn’t really sure what I would use it for. But, since I’m all about an honest review, I figured my surely cranky false old person persona was about as honest as you could get. As a disclaimer, I do own a Kindle, and occasionally I use it to read. But, as the manager of a book store, nothing beats a book in hand. Handsome occasionally downloads samples on it then goes off to check out the book or author he discovered.
On to the Nexus, it turn out I like the little bugger. I will never use it for games, or surfing the web (I own a laptop, I don’t see the point). But in the kitchen, it’s rather handy. There are apps for taking notes and I can quickly pull up a recipe or search the internet for a substitution without worrying about getting flour in my keyboard. It’s small and doesn’t take up too much space in my tiny kitchen. There are recipe apps too! I can see this thing being rather handy. And, I was really shocked over the quality of picture it takes. I have been testing photos on my phone (LG4 something or other) and with the Nexus, and the Nexus 7 takes a beautiful clean photo. For hipster foodie instagram, it’s kind of the bees knees. With a screen that pretty, if you did want to watch shows or movies on here, it would be pretty crisp. Lastly, the battery life is awesome. Now if only my phone were half as good.
Do I see myself using this in place of my computer, nope. It’s not going to take a laptop out of my hands. I type too much, it just wouldn’t flow. But there are cool little keyboards you can purchase for it, so maybe someday when my laptop bites the dust… However, I am shocked to find that this small tablet is fun easy to use and convenient as heck. Would it be a perfect gift for a cook this year, (unless you are springing for the coveted KitchenAid mixer) yes. So, while I’m stuck pondering what to get everyone for the holidays, consider this one as the big gift of the year.
Now, if you’re looking to bribe Santa, this giant chocolate chip cookie might do the trick.