I had the unique pleasure of testing the Nexus 7 side-by-side with the iPad on our flight to OSH this year. Since Mary took the first leg, I had nearly 5 hours to button mash and play. First, the competitors: The iPad. Mine is the First Version of the iPad. Gorgeous screen, beautiful piece of hardware, saddled with a horrendous operating system. I mean, who came up with the idea of using your music software to delete photos? I've owned it and flown with it for a couple of years. The Nexus 7. I have been waiting impatiently for an Android tablet that could go head-to-head with the iPad. The Galaxy was close, but not quite. This one, running the newest version of Android called Jelly Bean, is simply amazing. With the NVidia processor, and a gorgeous screen, it is everything I've been waiting for -- and more. I knew that I would be purchasing an ADS-B receiver at OSH, the only question was: Which tablet would I use to display traffic and weather? So, the games began. First, I downloaded the Garmin Pilot app onto both units. I also downloaded Naviator onto the Nexus, and I already had SkyCharts Pro on the iPad. Since I didn't have the ADS-B receiver yet, I couldn't assess how that would work, but the software was all the same or similar -- basically moving-map charts, georeferenced to our position in the air. For the first hour, I had the iPad on my left knee, and the Nexus on my right. This gave me a virtual 17" screen on my lap -- very cool. First impressions: Screen brightness/readability: A tie. Both are gorgeous and bright. The Nexus is just a smidge better in direct sunlight, but later-model iPads have brighter screens. Both disappear with polarized sunglasses at certain angles -- an aggravation. Size. The iPad: I have never been able to find a comfortable place for the iPad in the cockpit. We bought a suction mount for it at OSH 2011, and it broke on the way home. Even when it worked, it simply blocked too much of the outside world. It always ends up on someone's lap, where it can't be seen. The Nexus: This thing is perfectly sized for the cockpit. It fits on a knee without teetering. It fits between the yoke handles. It fits in the pocket of my cargo pants. A clear win for the Nexus. Processor Speed The iPad is plenty fast -- but the Nexus is faster. That Nvidia processor, tied to that gorgeous screen makes it more fluid, with the little plane never not moving. It was close, but the Nexus wins. Software The Garmin Pilot app is brand new, and it shows. It's going to take Garmin some refining to bring it up to the level of Naviator, SkyCharts, and Foreflight. Since it's Garmin, however, I suspect they will do it right. They've already released two updates in the last two weeks! On the iPad, it runs sweetly, and allows a split screen between navigation info and the moving map. On the Nexus -- only out for two weeks -- it runs perfectly, but the software doesn't recognize it as a "tablet". This means it thinks it's running on a phone, so there is no "split screen" option. This means you have to toggle back and forth between navigation and map screens -- which is ridiculous. This is a Garmin problem, not a Nexus 7 problem, and I hope they get it fixed soon. Because of this major PIA, the iPad wins this one. When Garmin fixes this glitch, it will be a tie. Cost The Nexus 7 cost $246. The iPad ran over $600 in 2010 money. Obviously this little Asus/Google product is the better value. Usability This is subjective, of course, but the smaller size and portability meant that the Nexus 7 accompanied me EVERYWHERE on the grounds at OSH. Using the Sporty's/EAA schedule app, we always knew when and where the next Big Thing was happening. The iPad -- always too danged bulky -- stayed in the plane. There are other wonderful features of the Nexus. - No stupid proprietary charging cord. Got a USB cord? Charge it up! - No more iTunes! You can connect the Nexus 7 to your laptop, and it appears as just another drive, like your thumbdrive. Add/delete files as easily as drop & drag. - Complete integration with gmail. This alone makes it worthwhile, for me. Once you sign in with your gmail account, the Nexus 7 is completely up-to-date, and stays that way. All contacts, photos, etc. are instantly accessible, and always up-to-date. But, it all comes back to size. By the second leg of the flight, the iPad was relegated to the back seat. We haven't turned it on since Day One of our flight to OSH. Android FINALLY got it right, IMHO.