DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT UPDATE TO LOLLIPOP IF YOU’RE ON ANDROID. At least for now. There are so many bugs ughh! I updated it on my nexus 7 tablet and everything is sooo slow and glitchy and the apps crash a lot. Now I can’t view my pictures through the gallery since its gone???? I have to go to Google’s “Photos” app which requires INTERNET so that means i can’t view them if im not at home or somewhere with WIFI. Also some emojis are ugly now :(. Luckily I didn’t have enough memory on my phone so I didn’t rush to update that. Phew that would’ve been even worse.


Google Nexus 7 review (2013)

I make a lot of aspirational purchases. I constantly buy books I really ought to read, subscribe to magazines that are so good the one time a year I actually get around to opening them, and add movies like Schindler’s List to my Netflix queue because it’s an important cultural touchstone. My credit card bill makes me look worldly and educated — my actual habits involve a lot of watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and re-reading The Da Vinci Code. 

I guess I won't be getting the Nexus 7 back

I bought one before my last trip to NOLA because I had this crazy, no reeeaaaalllly crazy idea. I was going to configure the home screen such that my mom could use it. My 80 year old mother. I was going to empower her by giving her some tools to do some things for herself.

She has never had a computer, although she bought me my Commodore 64 when I was a kid. She used to try use the computer a little at a local university back in the very early browser days. She has never sent an email or used a smart phone or programmed a VCR. 

Her electronics experience is comprised of using her TV remote and using a cell phone, a flip phone for making calls only. She tried to send a text when she was trapped in the Superdome after Katrina but didn’t know you had to press the letter button multiple times to cycle through the letters so the message came through as g jmtd wmt or something like that.

I wasn’t sure if she would be too scared of the tablet but I figured, worse case scenario I would just bring the tablet home with me. But she gave it a look. She was hesitant to touch it at first and kept saying show me. I kept encouraging her and promising her she couldn’t break it unless she put it in the washer (she has lost a couple of phones that way) or threw it against the wall. She promised to do neither.

She was tentative but not resistant. I gave her four icons to start. She can check the weather, the bus schedules, do word search puzzles and read books. She hasn’t quite got the zooming and stuff but she’s trying. She got a little frustrated today when she couldn’t get the bus schedules the way she thought she was supposed to and Google didn’t find what she was looking for about her flowers. But she’s taking baby steps with it. It’s really sweet and charming.

I ended up checking the bus schedule for her but she ended by saying: I’ll try it again later.