After a few days on a Samsung Galaxy Tab (it was actually a 10.1″ not 8.9″) I was given a Nexus 7 to play with from a friend who will be out of town for some time.
There are some similarities between Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and the native Google Android experience. They both utilize the same method of switching between and apps as well as the same swiping method to kill an app. The way you set up and switch between the screens of apps that you have installed is almost identical too.
This may not be a completely fair comparison though as the Tab was running Android 4.0.4 and the Nexus 7 is running Android 4.2.2
The first thing I noticed that makes the Nexus 7 more superior is the keyboard and the options of suggested words that it presents to you as you type.
In terms of carrying around a device the Nexus 7 is far more convenient and a lot lighter. I am typing this blog post holding the Nexus 7 in portrait mode and using my thumbs to type while sitting on the couch and its working out really well so far. With the Tab it was more cumbersome to type in the same scenario.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have some serious Androiding to do!