I wrote a post earlier today, using the Google Nexus 7 and the official WordPress app for Android. I found that the hardware was superb for writing, but that the app was limited.
Because of the way the Nexus 7 handles both text entry and web browsing, I decided to write this follow up post, using the same device, but direct into WordPress using the Chrome browser. That’s the way I blog when using a regular computer.
So, what‘s the verdict?
Well, as you can see from the sub heading above, it’s easy to format your posts. Also, I was able to add this link to the previous post, just as easily as if I were using WordPress on one of my computers. Adding the image above was also extremely simple and entering text is totally painless and surprisingly fast.
I wasn’t expecting the experience to be so close to regular blogging. I have not needed to do any tiding up with this post before publishing it and have had access, as far as I can see, to the entire WordPress dashboard.
An obvious and important limitation
The Nexus 7 doesn’t have GPRS, so you will need a WiFi signal in order to access the Internet. This means you will only be able to publish posts or upload blog images, etc; when within reach of a wireless connection. Depending on your usage model, this could be a deal breaker, a minor inconvenience or somewhere in between.
Those of us who blog regularly from coffee shops, hotels, home and WiFi enabled transport will find it fine most of the time.
The Nexus 7 has performed well enough in both of today’s tests, for me to use it as a part of my regular blogging schedule. It’s easy to slip this device into a jacket pocket and write posts ‘on the fly’, when it would be trickier to work on a notebook. If you’re interested in a very mobile device that offers a superb blogging experience, from WiFi enabled locations, the Nexus 7 is well worth considering. If GPRS is a deal breaker, avoid.