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Google’s New Nexus 7 Commercial Turns a Rooftop Into a Life Sized Aquarium


Google published a new commercial over the weekend for their Nexus 7 tablet, one that continues their theme of using the tablet in your daily life to be creative and have fun with friends and family. It starts off with a girl listening to the Life Aquatic soundtrack, which then leads to a group of friends creating a life sized aquarium atop one of their roofs. It’s clever, to say the least. Much more clever than playing Chopsticks on a couple of iPads.

For whatever reason, this commercial has been set to “Private” through the Google Nexus YouTube account.

Update:  As at least one reader pointed out, the commercial has likely been set to private because of the timing. With the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy still affecting much of the east coast, including New York City, showing a building in the city with an aquarium on top might not be in the best of taste.

  • SoCalPaul

    The coolest thing about the commercial was when it got to the end I saw these dancing tubes in the background on left side and realized those were bought from our company about 2 months ago in a total rush at the time.

  • Sid

    I was very much leaning to get the Nexus 7 which would sync well with my Android phone, but after I visited the Apple store and saw how much more real estate on the screen size you get on the iPad mini, especially for visiting web pages, I believe will make it a better experience for me. I am a big Android lover, but again for me personally, love that extra screen size. I would agree that if you are mostly going to use it for movies, the Nexus 7 is the better way to. If you don’t get your own hands on the iPad mini and you are going to say how much it sucks or a rip off, then you are doing yourself a dis service.

    • Justin Swanson

      Can’t tell if troll or authentic…

      • Sid

        This is authentic Justin. Just giving my opinion. I am a big Google user and love what it has to offer, but now with other options to consider, it makes it for a tough decision.

        • TylerChappell

          $70 more for half the storage and a lower resolution display with a browsing experience that isn’t as vastly superior as Apple claims, is not a tough decision.

        • Justin Swanson

          I can’t fault you when the iPad/Mini have the app selection. Let us know (from a real user’s perspective) how it goes and if/why we should switch.

          • Sid

            Sure will.

          • JoshGroff

            If I didn’t already have a nexus 7, and if they put in the same processor the “new iPad” uses, I would have considered buying one.

  • I’m thinking about a 7 inch and am torn between the ipad and the nexus 7. Honestly the only thing that is stopping me from android are the tablet apps and a lot of the magazine and media outlets I follow only have an ipad app. Comments one way or the other would be great. I have a Google Nexus Phone.

    • Royal2000H

      I can’t help too much as I’m not a tablet reader. But I can add that by going with Android, you’ll get any integration that may work between tablet and phone.

    • Justin Swanson

      If you want a 10in go with the N10, you’ll save yourself some money. Check out Current/Google Reader and see if you can get a Currents subscription or an RSS feed (for reader) for the magazines you follow. It’s not as nice as a magazine app, but it does the trick. Plus with a dock+currents you can actually make use of that feature! (the one where it has your currents/photos whatever floating around, like a screen saver).

    • I’m a big Android fan, but can see why one would want an iPad if they already own an Android phone. I had a Nexus 7 and absolutely loved it, but what’s the point of having two devices with the same OS and software? Just know that you will be stepping into a much more locked environment and a company that likes to overcharge for things.

  • NAM37

    Hipsters…. Awesome…

  • Brent Stewart

    I <3 my Nexus 7. My wife likes it but not enough to get one of her own. She still wants an iPad because she claims the Android experience (even with Butter) is not as good as iOS (whatever, I still haven't located her drug stash because she's obviously on something). But I DO agree with her on one point. Until Google can crack the education and edutainment market that Apple has had cornered for decades and actually bake in some decent parental controls, Android will never appeal en mass to parents who are looking to provide a decent educational tool in the form of a tablet – It won't matter how cool their commercials are.

  • Hipsters…

  • AndroidFTW

    Apple just sold 3 million iPads in 3 days this past weekend. Outselling the Nexus 7’s sales in the past 3 months. I hate those iSheep.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Why? Does it really hurt you to some extent that another person thought differently than you did? If so, I think you might need to re-think your life.

  • The song in the iPad commercial is not “Chopsticks”. It’s “Heart and Soul”, but still quite lame…. Apple is for old people.

    • michael arazan

      A reference from the movie Big, because apple is still stuck in the 1980’s

  • Brent Cooper

    Just ordered mine this morning! So excited!

  • I hate hipster commercials. Just show us what the Nexus 7 can do that the competition can’t. Don’t show us unrealistic scenarios that your average person would never encounter. That is not relate-able.

    • r0lct

      Wait, you didn’t do a Jurassic Park reenactment on your roof this past weekend?

      • 1bens

        “Google, who invented the hipster advert?”

  • raoul duke

    such a great movie

  • Their other commercials were great.. the type of commercials Android needs to do more of. Lol, but I don’t get this?

    Whatever, I love my Nexus 7! Who’s getting the 10? Anybody?

    • Jarred Sutherland

      I’ll be checking out the 10. Not sure if I’ll go for it, but my budget is already being reduced by the Nexus 4.

      • I’m in the same boat. The screen on the Nexus 10 is really what’s catching my eye.. very tempting as I get paid the day before it releases.

  • JBartcaps

    Yay I can build an aquarium when I get a Nexus 7! Finally the best feature ever!

    • JoshGroff

      Hah, take that Apple.

      • Justin Swanson

        Because their offerings are too big to carry around and build an aquarium on a roof!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      It is a rather odd commercial. But then again companies like Lee jeans have been memorable because of the commercials they made which have nothing to do with their jeans.

      • ha Lee jeans … talk about a brand out of memory, but yes good point.

  • Meticode

    It was probably set to private because the commercial is stupid.

  • John

    Different… but whatever…can’t wait to grab one this holiday season!

    Now to convince the wife =/

    • JoshGroff

      You will love it. 🙂

      • EvanTheGamer

        I wholeheartedly second that! It’s a really great tablet, and anyone who is even remotely an Android fan needs to buy one!

        • I <3 Android, but I'm waiting for the Nexus 10. :p

          • JoshGroff

            Make that every android fan that wants a 7″ tablet. 🙂 I’m not a big fan of the 10″ form factor myself because I can’t carry it around in my pants or jacket pocket.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        I agree. I sold my iPad and never looked back. It is a great device!

    • r0lct

      Just say you are buying it for her…

    • bombayslim

      everyone person i have conviced to get one absolutely loves it….sad that most of them had never heard of a Nexus 7 and just assumed that ipad was the only good option…add the fact that it was only $200 and they are all completely blown away..

      • John

        Yeah. I even convinced a few family members to get one the past month or so. I used to just always say “just get an iPad”. Now, they’re finally really good & can recommend to friends and family.

    • Booyah

      Use mine everyday since July and couldn’t be happier!