It feels good to hold in your hands. That soft backing strikes me as decidedly different than other tablets in its class, and seems far more smudge resistant than something like the Fire. The bezel on the front looks a bit too large for the screen size, though when reading a book I found the extra real estate helpful because I had something to grip (in fact, Duarte told me that the design was intentional, not a victim of cheap parts). There are a few very minor build issues, like the fact that the display can give a little and cause the LCD to ripple if you really press hard against the screen, but most users will never press hard enough to notice.
In all, I'm impressed by what Asus and Google have done with the Nexus 7. It's a classy, well-made product from a design standpoint. It may not be the most original, thinnest, or lightest tablet on the market, but it's certainly a respectable and refined entrant to the race. Bottom line - this is a much better feeling and looking tablet than anything else in its price range.
Le strade, le ruote, i sentieri, i pedali, le corse, la pista, il sudore, l'agonia, il tifo, l'euforia, il trionfo. Il ciclismo.