Look at all the new toys! Getting to grips with a new laptop and the Nexus 7


In the last couple of weeks some new tech has landed in my lap. Well, when I say landed, I mean it was ordered and eventually delivered. It didn’t land in some magical way. Sadly.

Firstly, maybe less exciting, is my new laptop. The smallest laptop I’ve ever had. Yet, it’s still a 15″-er. A beautiful Dell XPS 15z. Which I so nearly didn’t get thanks to some idiotic UPS delivery man.

Shiny, new and it’s got wings

Dell XPS 15z

My fantastic new life saving machine.

With a lot of help from a very helpful brother, I’ve got my solid state drive and extra memory all installed and this little machine is flying. Takes less than 20 seconds to boot up. No waiting for anything! I love it. Certainly made my workflow a lot quicker. Well, until I have to work. Then my brain slows things down.

Dell XPS 15z

Ok, I wasn’t too keen on the speaker grill, but it’s definitely grown on me.

Dell XPS 15z

Backlit keyboard! It’s all bright and shiny. Yes, I’m like a bloody magpie.

My Beautiful Nexus 7 – Yet to be named

Secondly and the more exciting bit of tech that I’ve got my hands on is the new Nexus 7. There was this whole thing going on in my mind where I’d be patient. Wait and see what people are making of the Nexus 7. Have a nosey at my brother’s. Wait and be patient.

Ha! That got thrown out of the window. A couple of days after orders started shipping and I placed an order for one. (Just in time too – a day later and they stopped selling the 16GB version!).

Nexus 7

Nexus 7 in the house! Or in the garden…

Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 out of the box. Unlike the whole of the Internet, I really didn’t have a problem unboxing the baby.

The Nexus 7 is the first tablet I’ve owned. I’ve been waiting for one that felt just right. And this one does. It’s not too big. Feels great to hold. So very smooth. And yes, I have been spending more time than I should be admitting asking Google Now what the weather is like and other rather mundane questions. The Google Now voice man is so very well spoken.

Nexus 7

My Droid called Cupcake fully approves.

Nexus 7

Cupcake takes Google Now for a test drive.

Nexus 7

Feels lovely to hold. No slippy-ness! Very important with me being a butter fingers.

I have no doubts I’ll be blogging about this little beaut again in no time. It’s just that damn amazing.

Now I’m going to stop writing and go back to playing with it. Now that I’ve got it I’m just trying to figure out what I want on it, what I should have on it and what nots. So if any of you have any tips, please pass them on. For now – I’m going to keep talking to it.