Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet Review and Giveaway!

*I was provided with a Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet in exchange for my honest review.

Google Nexus 7 Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to review the Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet from Staples and I’m thrilled to tell you how we’ve been using it as a handy little homeschool classroom tool. 

I was impressed with the tablet right away. It’s lightweight and easy to use, and set up was a breeze. We basically turned it on, linked to my Google account and walah! My son was off and running.

What? You didn’t actually think I’d get my hands on this for very long did you?

Not with two boys who love all things technology in the house! I’m lucky I even got to look at it before the boys got their gaming hands on it. 

The tablet is designed with gaming in mind, and powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 1.5GHz processor. I’m not going to pretend I actually know what that means, but it’s way faster than my laptop or PC. The load time was immediate when browsing the web and I never had any issues multi-tasking. 

My favorite things about the Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet:

I’ve actually enjoyed doing some blogging from the tablet. When I read blogs from my phone, it’s nearly impossible to leave a comment properly, but the magic of Google makes it easy for me to fill in all the fields required for ease in commenting on other blogs. Me likey! 

I am also loving the tablet for use in our homeschool classroom!

We’ve used it during literature studies to quickly look up images on the web and define new words as we read. It’s easy to keep on hand for quick reference and saves a ton of table space compared to the laptop. 

3 more ways we’re using the Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet in our homeschool:

Videos: We love to look up videos. Especially for Science! The clarity of videos and images is perfection. 

Educational apps: There are so many educational apps out there, and I love having something like this tablet on hand for times when we just don’t feel like using paper and pencil. 

E-reader: I’m super excited to have the tablet for book downloads! We’ve already read a few from the tablet and I can see that my son really enjoys reading this way.

My old and dusty e-reader doesn’t have a color display, so e-books weren’t much fun until we got the tablet. Now my son is browsing the book selections on the Google Play store. Love it! 

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Giveaway

Much to my son’s surprise the Google Play store offers all of his favorite apps! 

7 Best Google Play apps

(according to my 9 year old with a little feedback direct from the man himself!)

Skylanders Lost Islands
“They have a special winter Skylander for a limited time.” 

Subway Surfers
“You can change the outfits on your characters!” 

Bad Piggies
“You get to build little machines for the pigs to go in.”

Skylanders Battlegrounds 
“This is like *really* expensive. It’s seven bucks! But it’s worth it!”

Ninjump Deluxe
“There are three different worlds. The jungle, the castle, and the pirates.” 

“You can breed all sorts of dragons!”

Talking Ben
“You can make the dog breathe fire AND burp!”

The Giveaway

Staples wants to give one lucky winner a Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet of their own! (a $199 value!)

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*Are you homeschooling a middle or high schooler? Enter to win this one year subscription for online math and science lessons (a $135 value!). 

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Adrienne is a Florida homeschooling mom of two boys, follower of Jesus, and lover of words. She's an imperfect parent surviving on God's grace and mercy, lots of yoga, and regular doses of salty ocean air! Find her as @TheMommyMess on Twitter and connect with her on Facebook.




  1. says

    Thanks for your review. I’m a tech geek, homeschooling dad, and my background is educational technology, so you touched on a lot that benefits me.

    I’ve been told that the Nexus 7 is a great tablet and I would love to add it to our tech tools for homeschooling our oldest kids (3rd and 1st grade). They enjoy doing some of their school work on our netbook and have had the chance to interact with my work iPad as well.

    I’m glad you shared some interested apps and homeschool uses as well. I’ve only used the iTunes store, so I’m glad to hear the Google Play has many of the same apps.

    • says

      Hey, Devin! It’s a handy told for the “classroom” for sure! And yes, my son was so excited that many of his favorite apps were also available at the Google Play store. 😉

  2. Milijana says

    What a thrill to have the Nexus 7 in a giveaway! What’s great about this tablet is its fast processor and the fact that it always gets the latest Android updates. That’s why I’d love to have one. :)

  3. says

    Ooh! I’d love to win this! I checked it out on Staples & it looks wonderful. But like you, I think I’d like the fact that it comes pre-loaded with Google awesomeness! 😉

  4. says

    We use our iPad for lots of school and play things. I love the battery life, and it would be great if my little guy had his own screen for when mom wants to use hers!

  5. Rebecca says

    I absolutely love this tablet! My husband has one already, and I’ve been wanting to get my hands on one myself. It’s superfast compared to my current tablet. Plus, it’s lightweight. Love it!

  6. Helen Stebelton says

    I would love to have this simply because it would be good to use everywhere… to keep the grandchildren entertained as well as myself.

  7. Roxy as says

    It’ll be a great gift for my son in Christmas this tablet will help him in studying and reading !!!

  8. Brandy Croswhite says

    Thanks for the review and giveaway! I love that it is much more Google friendly than the iPad.

  9. says

    This sounds perfect for my 10-year-old. The only thing she does online is play games, so she’d enjoy a tablet that allows her to do that. We have a different tablet, but getting it away from my 15-year-old is almost impossible. My younger child has been saving every cent all year for a laptop. Maybe this would free up her money for something else. 😉
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  10. Lisa Neutel says

    I’m. Liking the long lasting battery life..I’ve heard great things about this tablet..fingers crossed my kids need on

  11. Lean S says

    l love that it’s been Pre-loaded with Google Search by Voice 2.1, Gmail, Contact Sync, Calendar Sync, Maps, Street View, News & Weather, YouTube… all of which I use very often on my laptop.

  12. Danielle says

    I learned that the tablet has up to 10 hrs of battery life which is really great. Thanks for this giveaway!

  13. Konstantin says

    I love the fact that it has up to 10 hours of battery life for web browsing! I would enjoy that long battery life for reading and working on the tablet.

  14. Tabathia B says

    I like that it can be used as an ereader (because we are big readers) and I also have the basic kindle and my daughter will love the color display, I also like the camera and the calendar synching

  15. rayraycartucci says

    long battery life…clear screen,light weight,just looks really awesome!My kid really needs one.

  16. Mike Dalton says

    I LOVE the awesome battery life on the Nexus 7. And I know my wife would be thrilled to have it under the tree :)

  17. says

    I love EVERYTHING about this tablet! Firstly, I love all things google! I have gmail, my site is ran by google, I have a youtube channel by google, I adore Google Docs, Google Drive, etc….

    I love that I could toggle between google accounts so easily, comment on blogs like you said, use for our homeschool, and that it has a camera!

    Gotta have it!

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  18. Molly May says

    I love that it has 16gb. I love that the kids wouldn’t be stuck sitting at the computer watching videos.