Google Nexus 7 FAQ: Cases, docks, apps, root

The Google Nexus 7 is a brilliant little tablet – small, powerful and so cheap that you can’t afford not to buy one. I’ve been covering the device for my work at Mobile Fun and, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it. I thought I’d take the time to answer some of these commonly asked questions right here.

What cases would you recommend?

At the moment, I’d suggest the SD TabletWear Stand and Type Case, which is newly available in a Carbon Fibre variety. The case offers excellent protection from scratches and falls thanks to its fairly sturdy faux-leather construction, although it is fairly bulky as well. The Stand and Type has an integrated two-way stand, with modes for typing (low angle) and watching films (high angle), similarly to iPad Smart Cover.

If you’d prefer something much less bulky that you only put on when you’re doing using your tablet, I’d suggest the Case Logic Google Nexus 7 Sleeve, which is simple and basic but will do the job just fine.

What accessories would you avoid?

I’d say that Nexus 7 batteries are probably the accessories to avoid for the moment, as unless they provide much more than 4,000 mAh of battery power, they’ll barely double the battery life of the tablet. You’ll need something tablet specific, otherwise it’s not really worth carrying around all this weight just to have a minor battery increase.

Are desktop docks coming soon?

At the moment Mobile Fun only have a single dock listed on the site, and there’s no release date associated with it. It took months upon months for accessories to be released that make use of the Galaxy Nexus’ pogo pin connections, so I imagine that it’ll be a similar story for the Google Nexus 7. If I hear anything, I’ll let you know.

What apps would you recommend?

Oooh, fun.

Root apps: ROM Toolbox Pro, StickMount, SuperSU, Sixaxis Controller, RootExplorer

Reading: Reader HD, Pocket, The Verge, Instapaper

Task Management:

Social Networks: Reddit is Fun, Facebook, Skype, Plume

Creative: Write, Writer, Instagram, Evernote

Media: TwitchTV

Games: Dead Trigger, Heroes Call, Dark Meadow, Football Manager Handheld 2012, Temple Run, Strikefleet Omega, Draw Something, Blood and Glory, Minecraft, Asphalt 7, GTA III, Max Payne, Mass Effect Infiltrator, Angry Birds Space

When should I root my tablet?

You should probably root your N7 as soon as you buy it, as to unlock the bootloader you need to factory reset the device (which wipes your installed apps, settings and data). The rooting process is very simple with the excellent Nexus Root Toolkit.

For more information…

For the full review (including loads of lovely charts, graphs and screenshots) and more accessory advice, check out my full review of the tablet at XSReviews.

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