BEST FEED READER APPS
A 7in tablet is a great way to get your morning dose of news – and there's a host of apps for the Nexus 7 that will take your dry RSS feeds and jazz them up with some magazine-style visuals and layouts.
1. FEEDLY (£Free)
As Google Reader was lowered into the earth, Feedly emerged as the new messiah of feed readers. Prettier and more useful than Google Reader, Feedly has even introduced a Pro version ($45 a year), which adds integration with Evernote and Pocket, plus keyword search.
Once you’ve set up your new Feedly account, you can import your old Google Reader feeds (you did export them before Google shut it down, right?), or start searching for feeds using Feedly’s built-in library. The Android app offers the option of four different reading experiences: we reckon the magazine view is almost perfect for the Nexus 7’s screen.
2. FLIPBOARD (£Free)
Feedly’s deadly rival, Flipboard has steadily redefined the magazine experience on smartphones and tablets. The Android app is almost identical in form and function to its iOS counterpart, and is almost impossible to fault.
Flipboard recently launched user-generated magazines within the app: you can create your own magazine title (which can be set to public or private), then add articles to it from throughout your feeds on the fly. If anything, Flipboard feels more of a portal than Feedly, with a host of pre-set channels (business, sport etc) to choose from - not a bad thing, necessarily, just different.
BEST TABLET GAMES
Looking for some time-wasting fun on the morning commute? Or to while away the hours at work (shh, we won't tell if you don't)? These games are bright, colourful and take full advantage of the Nexus 7's 7in screen.
1. 7x7 (£Free)
What you don’t need to do is lose the next six months to matching coloured squares on a simple grid. You don’t need to do that because it wastes a perfectly good life, and after a while you will begin to smell. But if you don’t do it, you’ll be missing out on the thing that the Nexus 7 2013 was designed for in the first place. And it’s free, for heaven’s sake. So what are you waiting for?
2. DOTS (£Free)
Assuming that you’ve survived 7x7, you can now squander more precious weeks and months trying to get beyond Level 4 of Dots, which recently arrived in the Play Store after realising that boiling the brains of iOS users was no longer enough.
More frustrating than 7x7 could ever be, Dots plays with what mind you have left by rewarding you for matching coloured dots. Just remember: the scores on that leaderboard were achieved by people who are now in quite tight restraints.
3. GYRO (£Free)
It’s just a circle split into coloured segments. There are little dots coming in from the edges of the screen, and you must rotate the circle to match the colour of the incoming dots. Easy, right? Easy, wrong. Give it 30 minutes, and we guarantee that you’ll try bending your new Nexus 7 as you contort yourself to move that circle fast enough. Free, dangerous, and ultimately pointless.
Bonus app: Amazon Kindle (£Free)
One of the best things about owning a 7in-ish tablet like the Nexus is that it's perfectly proportioned to be held one-handed in portrait fashion – and therefore makes for a great reading device.
In fact, since we got our own Nexus 7, our once-trusty E-Ink Kindle has been gathering dust in a draw somewhere – the Nexus has become our go-to device for reading ebooks, and Amazon's Kindle app is a great way to get into tomes on a tablet. It syncs with all other Kindle devices you own to ensure that every ebook you've ever bought through Amazon is available (not to mention bookmarked at whatever page you're up to, no matter which device you were reading it on last) and offers speedy access to arguably the best-stocked ebook store on the planet.