Been using the Nexus 7 for a little more than six months now and I'm still very happy with it. I use it a lot. (Previously: first impressions review.)
Since I purchased mine, Google has doubled the storage for the same price, and added mobile data versions for AT&T and T-Mobile for a $50 premium (plus carrier data plan, etc.).
Some recent developments after the jump...
Google recently pushed out an Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update. I haven't noticed anything significant, but here's the change log (items marked "new" are included in the 4.2.2 update). They've added a bunch of new "cards" to the Google Now app. (In an earlier update they fixed it so the home screen can rotate so it acts more like a tablet.)
About the same time, Flipboard released an update to fully support Android tablets in tablet mode. Previously they only supported a phone version. The update is very nice, and works how a tablet UI should work. Google has also updated Currents, which is also very nice.
After a long wait of many months, I finally scored a Nexus 7 docking station. Google Play does not have them, and the only place I ever saw them available in the US was ExcaliberPC.com. I had never heard of them but took a chance and ordered from them with no drama. (Looks like they are now on backorder there.)
Anyway, there's not much to it except connectors for the gold "pogo pin" connections on the side of the Nexus 7, a USB connection for power and an audio jack for hooking up external speakers (which I haven't used). The main benefit for me is that the tablet stays charged all the time now. Before, it was a bit of a hassle to hook up the USB adapter when I wasn't using it. The dock is way more convenient.
It activates Daydream which by default just shows a large floating clock. There are some settings for other types of displays. I guess it would make a nice digital clock/streaming radio for your nightstand.
The Mrs. got me a couple of other nice accessories for my birthday a while back. One is this cover. (The "official" covers have been on backorder at the Google Play store since day one.) This one is pretty nice and is great for protecting your tablet screen when traveling. I don't use it around the house. There are several covers available, but many of them seem gimmicky. This one is nice and light and simple.
The other thing she got me was this stylus. I was skeptical at first as to whether I would use it, but I find myself using it all the time, especially when typing text on the tablet.
UPDATE ON THE DOCK: Never mind about the Nexus 7 dock. It isn't keeping my tablet reliably charged. It is very sensitive to how you place the tablet in it to get it to charge in the first place. Even when you do it correctly, it seems to stop after a while. I place the Nexus 7 in the dock, verify it is charging, and the next morning the battery is lower than when I left it. So, not recommended.
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