We were big fans of the Nexus 7, but sometimes it is good to hear what the older generation has to say. Walt Mossberg, the highly influential product reviewer for the Wall Street Journal, had his go with the Nexus 7 and came away recommending it. He said it beats the iPad in some key areas.

Google’s tablet is a better choice than the iPad for people on a budget; for those who prefer a lighter, more compact tablet that’s easier to carry and operate with one hand; and for those who prefer Google’s ecosystem of apps, services and content to Apple’s. Despite some drawbacks, I found it a pleasure to use.

How does it stack up against the Kindle Fire?

The size and price advantages of the Nexus 7 are similar to those of the Kindle Fire, but the quality of the hardware and software in the new Google slate blows away those of the Fire. The latter is a chunky device that lacks a camera and microphone, and has a heavily modified version of Android, which can be sluggish. The Nexus 7 is a sleek, handsome tablet with a smooth, quick, new version of Android. In my test, the battery life of the Nexus 7 exceeded the Fire’s by a huge margin: Nearly five hours.

The review is a good read. Check it out.