[dislcaimer – sponsored post. FTC says I have to put this here. There’s a giveaway at the bottom, though. You decide whether it’s worth your time or not to continue on.]
Over the summer when I was revamping my life and being all super high on my break up with corporate America, I redid our at-home “office” (spare bedroom) so I’d have a more stable place to work. You know, like, when you’re there it’s time to get serious and get shit done. Anyway, I shared the before and after with you, which was mostly just rearranging furniture and throwing away a bunch of random crap (hi first college apartment rental agreement! why do I still have you?). I knocked out my shopping list almost completely at Ikea, Target, and Homegoods, and managed not to get thrown in joint-finance budget jail in the process.
from the budget office makeover post
By some twist of sweet-baby karmic fate, somebody from Staples read my post, and was all, “Hey, you had a Google Nexus 7 on your shopping list. They’re awesome. You should definitely have one.” Of course I screened their IP to make sure they weren’t from Punk’d or a troll board messing with me before agreeing, because hello, safety first and the internet is weird. Luckily the oual background check cleared, I put my cynical paranoia away for a bit, and they sent me one. It was probably the proudest day of my little internet life.
shiny new 7” Google Nexus7 – and an easy button.
I had actually gone into a Staples the week earlier killing time before a doctors appointment to play with their tablet display models. I knew I was going to start being on the road more and needed something to work on that was easy to transport (read: wouldn’t take up too much precious real estate in my carry-on) and that I wouldn’t shit my pants die if I lost or broke. I didn’t need any fancy bells or whistles or anything – just some email, word processing, spreadsheet-geeking, and photo editing. I’m a woman of simple demands… Most of the time.
Anyway, the Nexus 7 fit all those bills. Plus I’ll trust anything with the G-stamp on it – I’m pretty sure Google will be running the world (shortly after amazon’s drones start delivering all our shit) so might as well get on board now.
As much as having the 7” screen has been convenient and wonderful and refreshing for my strained eyeballs, I’ve decided flip-flopping between iOS on my phone and Android is like one of those brain exercises they suggest you do to keep your noggin from turning to mush, which I really like. Drive home a different way, learn a musical instrument, simultaneously operate two different mobile device platforms… It’s good for you.*
sidenote: new ‘do debut!
Originally I swore this would be my “business” only tablet. I only downloaded the apps I’d use “professionally”, and would use my tiny screen iPhone or archaic lug of a laptop for everything else.
That lasted like, 10 days. It was a valiant effort but seemed irresponsible to not use it to its full potential.
Multitasking – checking twitter with legs-up-the-wall after a tempo run
Gateway’ing into a gambling problem – I’m down $251 in regular solitaire. Do they have solitaire tables in Vegas?
bypassing CNN and HuffPo for the kindle app where Kelly Oxford and Tina Fey teach me all I need to know about the world
technically playing Pandora IN the office follows the business rule. turning the volume up loud enough (the speakers are actually quite good) to hear through the whole house might not be.
A few other points worth noting:
- Battery life isn’t great, but isn’t awful. I can get a full workday of Pandora’ing and a few chapters of Kindle’ing no problem, but keep the charger cord handy.
- I purchased a bluetooth keyboard (this one, I think) to use which has been pretty clutch for actual writing. The wireless connection can be spotty resulting in some typing-but-nothing’s-happening nuances, but I suspect that’s an err on the keyboard because it also did it when I paired it to my phone for testing. But yes – keyboard accessory a must if you plan to use a tablet as a laptop replacement.
- I’m carrying it naked (no case), but did put a screen protector on it. I couldn’t find a case or carrying thing I liked that wasn’t $150 Marc Jacobs from Nordstrom Rack (wtf seriously?), but had an old envelope clutch with a satin liner that actually works perfect.
- I’ll probably drop and shatter it in the next three hours after confessing that.
- The design is super sleek and low profile, which makes the power/”wake up” and volume buttons a little hard to locate sometimes.
- Camera seems pretty good, although I’m 100% more likely to use my phone than pull this big thing out to capture a moment. Plus, surprise selfie-mode is extra frightening on a big 7” screen…
how many times has this happened to you?
So, I tried to get you guys a Google Nexus 7 of your own but I guess it wasn’t in the cards or I need to work on my negotiation skills or something. BUT! I have a terrific consolation prize…
Staples is giving away a Moleskin notebook of your choice (up to $50) to one lucky Once Upon a Lime reader! It’s like a Non-cyber/Cyber Monday deal! Your reward for making it through this post and having to look at that super fug selfie.
To enter you have to leave a comment telling me one of the following: (one entry per person)
- 1) an embarrassing story you’d only tell your journal or best friend (or best internetstrangerfriend)
- 2) something exciting happening in 2014 that will get a big sharpie circle and exclamation points in your planner
- 3) the title of your yet-to-be-penned autobiography. entry doesn’t count if it’s just your name or something boring. I want “the girl who couldn’t stop dying her hair” or “…and then I OD’d on pickle relish” or “Sarah, forgets she hates candy corn every fall.”
And, because it’s the season of giving,
- one bonus entry for tweeting or facebooking. Leave a separate comment or else it doesn’t count.
Winner will be drawn randomly Friday 12/6. US residents only, please (sorry int’l pals!) Good luck!
Staples Inc provided me with the tablet for review, and the Moleskin journal for giveaway. All thoughts, opinions, awful photos, and typos are my own.