Why Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet falls short for construction site usage

Today at the Google I/O developer’s conference, the new 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet was revealed. Here’s what TechCrunch’s Matt Burns reported:

Both 8GB and 16GB models pack a 7-inch 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi) back-lit IPS display covered in “Scratch-resistant Corning glass”. A Terga 3 SoC powers Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) and Google promises the 4325 mAh battery should provide up to 8 hours of use. There’s NFC, GPS and and 1.2MP front-facing camera.

And here is the official video for the tablet’s launch:

The tablet is available now at the Google Play Store starting at just $199.

Works great… As long as you have a WiFi connection

This to me is the deal-breaker when it comes to using such a device on site at construction projects (quality assurance, quality control, commissioning, inspection, forensic investigation, etc.). Like the Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7 is probably more resistant to damage than the iPad. However, also like the Kindle Fire, the device does not have a cellular (3G or 4G) antenna. Sure, you could use your phone as a mobile hotspot (provided your phone carrier allows for it), but that will eat the battery life on your phone.

For now, at least as far as I can tell, the iPad remains the best choice for construction job sites.

Image courtesy robertnelson