Just got back from BestBuy with my new Nexus 7. I got there about 5 minutes after the store opened. They said they had 20 when they opened and there were 11 left when I was done. I actually work up earlier today, ordered it online for in-store pickup.
I'll post my first impressions here soon.
The back has an interesting pattern that is covered with rubberized paint.
The power and volume buttons are on the right side. I wish the power button stuck out just a little more. When I hold the 7 with one hand it's kind of difficult to press.
There are contacts on the right side - presumably for a docking station.
The headphone jack is located at the bottom along with a microUSB. The location of the jack may annoy some.
As far as build quality goes it's not bad. The back doesn't feel as solid as my Playbook or iPad but i wouldn't complain about it either.
The screen is very nice. It's not a bleed-edge screen like what you'd get from say a HTC One X but it's still very good. Viewing angles are good, it has a higher resolution than most of the 7" tablets. At maximum brightness it's pretty bright but the black levels suffer a little bit.
The best thing about the Nexus 7 is the size. I love my iPad but it rarely leaves the house because it's too big. The Nexus 7 is small enough that a) It fits in some of my pockets b) I don't feel like an *** if I use it when I'm walking around.
I noticed that the gallery app is now able to playback 720p mkv files (never worked for me on other Android phones). The problem is that there isn't any sound! It still can't playback divx avi files either. Luckily, unlike Tegra 2 tablets the Tegra 3 chip inside the Nexus 7 is powerful enough for 3rd party video players to decode 720p mkv's.
Performance is good. SunSpider scores are around 1700ms which is similar to the iPad 3 (though slower than the Galaxy Nexus running Jellybean). GLBenchmark (Egypt Standard) scores are a very good 52fps.
The animations and transitions in Jellybean are very smooth. Android no longer feels like cheap alternative to iOS of Windows Phone in this respect.
One of the key pieces of software Jellybean brings to the table is Google Now. Google Now is sort of an automated assistant that watches where you are and presents relevant information in the form of 'cards'.
I live in Oakville and was downtown yesterday. One of the phones I had on me was a Galaxy Nexus running Jellybean. When I looked at it had the time it would take me (with traffic information) if I drove home at that time. It also gave me the weather forecast for Toronto. Apparently, if you take transit it also gives you scheduling information. There's also flight information if you travel among other things.
Google Now is very useful but it probably makes more sense on a phone (like my Galaxy Nexus) rather than a tablet since my phone is the first device I reach for.
As for what's bad I guess the worst thing about it is that it doesn't have external storage (neither does the iPad) and the fact that it isn't available with 3G/4G. The lack of a built-in camera isn't important to me.
The Nexus 7 isn't perfect but it's a great device. It's $259 CAN price tag makes it an amazing deal. Only a month ago a 7" Galaxy Tab 2 cost $350 and it has a lower resolution screen and ships with an older version of Android.
If nothing else the Nexus 7 really shakes up the marketplace. Its $259 prices it occupies a price point that was previously populated with lower tier Android tablets like the Acer Iconia A100. Even if you don't get a Nexus 7 it's going to push prices for devices like the A100 even lower.
I'm still working on this so I'll update it a few more times today.
Did you get yours today or did you already pick one up?