Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet: Review & Giveaway



I believe technology can be a powerful learning tool for children as young as toddlers, as long as it is used in moderation.  Although I think the majority of our learning should be done in the “real world” where we can see, taste, touch, and smell things around us, technology definitely has its place in our parenting and teaching toolboxes.

Staples recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing the new Google Nexus 7 tablet…and then giving one away to one of YOU!!!

I was so excited for this opportunity, mostly because I know that a tablet would make for a very fun giveaway!  But to be quite honest, I wasn’t expecting to really like the Google™ Nexus 7 all that much.  I’m an Apple girl, after all.  I am typing this post on my MacBook Pro, we have an iPad that everyone in the family uses, my husband got me an iPhone for Mother’s Day a few years ago, and we watch Netflix on our Apple TV.

But whatddyaknow…good ol’ Google just happened to surprise me because I REALLY like this tablet!

Here are some things that we love about the Google™ Nexus 7.  This review isn’t really intended to be a comparison to the iPad, but I couldn’t help but mentioning a few things since that is what we already had:

-Price:  The Google™ Nexus 7 (32 GB) is super affordable for just $269 at Staples.  The comparable model of the iPad mini is $429.  That’s a $160 difference!

-Clearer screen:  The screen is extremely clear and brilliantly bright (but not too bright to where it hurts your eyes).  I think the screen is actually better than the iPad.

-Super fast:  This tablet is really fast!  It is 32GB, after all, so it also has much more storage capability than our iPad.

-No fixed home button:  My husband thinks this is great…I think it takes some getting used to.  But basically this means you can turn it around any which way since the home button is actually on the screen itself.

-Back button:  A feature not on the iPad unless you are in an app that has it.

Camera:  I love having a camera on our devices…it means that we can preserve memories no matter where we are.

Overall, we really love this tablet.  And the boys have already figured out how to navigate it just as well as we have!  The only issue I’m having is accessing the restrictions to disable the internet and in-app purchasing when they are using it.

Some of our favorite free apps are:


Want a Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet for yourself (valued at $269)?  To enter, just leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter window below (not in the comments, please).  If you can’t see the window, go here.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers).  The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 6th (EST).  A winner will be randomly selected shortly after and notified by e-mail.  By entering, you are agreeing to these official rules.


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* I was given this product at no cost in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% mine.


  1. says

    Fantastic giveaway!

    I’m so glad that you said in moderation. Electronics are over-used, and (a lot) children have no idea about God’s creation and all things nature! They do have a time and a place. For instance, if my son ask a question about how to care for a orchid, we jump onto Youtube and watch a couple of videos together, he journals about how to care for it, and voila…a science and botany lesson. :) So yes, technology is great, but I think the real thing (in this case, nature) is so much better.

  2. Brandy says

    We are an apple family, too, but we have been thinking about other brands to get so the kids could have a device with just their school stuff on it, and we wouldn’t have to spend a fortune. The two biggest concerns we have, though, is setting parental controls/restrictions (so easy in apple products) and also the app choices. Have you found the amount and quality of app choices to be equal to apple?

  3. Roxanne Stahl says

    Thank You for the chance to win a Tablet, I own my own Family day Care and it would really help for our outdoor adventures.

  4. says

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m curious: you said you were having trouble accessing the restrictions to disable internet and in-app purchases. I own a Nexus 7, and didn’t even know there was such a feature! Did you figure it out? If so, I’d love to know how you did it!

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