Google’s Nexus 7 and Android Autism Apps: Hands-On Review

We are asked about Android autism apps all the time!  So, I just purchased (a couple of hours ago) a Nexus 7 Android Tablet so that I could review it for you!  Read on to find out about less expensive Android tablets and apps that are helpful to children who are affected by autism and other special needs.


Google's Nexus Android Autism Apps


Generally, on Autism Plugged In, we like to compliment the iPad wherever we go.  iPads are a wonderful help to children on the spectrum, but who’s to say that Android autism apps aren’t just as good?  Also, with a $199 price tag, the Nexus 7 is much more affordable.

I want to take a couple of minutes to educate you on the differences in apps and tablets when it comes to Android’s Jelly Bean (the OS – operating system – used on the new mini tablet) and the iOS systems.

You’ll get answers to questions like:

  • Which apps can I get on Android?
  • What is Google Play?
  • Is the Nexus 7 expensive?
  • What is the Nexus 7?
  • Should I still buy an iPad?

Nexus 7 Android Autism Apps

The Android market has a huge selection of applications, and a large number of these programs that can help children on the spectrum.

Where do you find these apps? The Google Play Store is the place to search for find apps when you are using the Nexus 7.  Note that this is different than the iTunes App Store – which is only for iPad, iPhone & iPod.


google android app store


So, if you own a Nexus 7 (or another Android device), and you see an app on Autism Plugged In that you would like to download, simply click on the Google Play Store and type in the name of the app you’re searching for!  Note that some iOS apps are available on Android, but not all – it’s really up to the developer.

This is important to note:

Some of the applications reviewed on Autism Plugged In are available for both Android tablets (like the Nexus 7) and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc).  All of them (unless specifically noted) are available for iOS devices.  

Many applications that are designated as an iPad or iPhone app will be available on the Google Play Store (or downloadable elsewhere), but you’ll need to search it to be sure.

Tip:  If you do not have an Android tablet yet but would like to check out which Android autism apps are available, you can search the AppBrain website.

The only time that an app that you see reviewed on API is not available on your iOS device is if we specifically say so.  I will not specifically denote which iOS applications are available via Google Play.  For example, now that I own the Nexus 7, I might do a couple of “Android Only” application reviews on apps that aren’t available in the App Store.  (However, these are few and far between.)

Nexus 7 and The iPad as Autism Technology

The Nexus 7 is an awesome tablet.  It’s fast, sleek, and half the price of the iPad.

The 8GB Nexus 7 is $199 and the 16 GB Nexus 7 is $249.

So, for what you get, the Nexus 7 is an awesome deal.  A large number of apps that iPad users would download to use with children on the spectrum are also available on the Nexus 7 via the Google Play Store, so that’s not usually an issue.  You’ll need to look a little bit harder to find Android autism apps, but I’ll try to recommend some good ones at the bottom of this post.

Which is a better tablet?  Undoubtedly the iPad (IMHO).  The Nexus 7 was meant to be more of a “Kindle Fire Killer” than an iPad killer, and we’re all still waiting for an iPad Mini.  But, in the meantime, the Nexus 7 is an awesome tablet (much smaller than the iPad) that has been getting great reviews from around the web from sites like TechRadar.

That being said, I have been using the Nexus 7 recently (I am also an iPad owner), and it is exceptional!  An attractive feature is PRICE!  It is less expensive than the iPad, less bulky than an iPad, and a great way to dive into the Android world.

If you cannot afford to buy an iPad for your child who’s on the spectrum, the Nexus 7 paired with Android autism apps will do the job just as well.  The tablet has no drawbacks in terms of what your child needs while using autism apps.

Therefore, I see no reason to ignore the option of purchasing a less expensive Android tablet to suit your budget.  In fact, it might even be easier for children with autism to hold the Nexus 7, since it is a size in-between that of the iPhone and iPad.  I actually found it more comfortable (physically) to use than the iPad.

Android Autism Apps

Just to give you an idea, here are some great apps that you can get on the Nexus 7, which we have already reviewed here on API!



  1. Five Little Monkeys Wash The Car
  2. TapToTalk
  3. My PlayHome

Are You Interested in More Android Autism App Reviews?

If this post gets a good response, I’ll be sure to review more applications that are available in the Android market.

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8 Responses to Google’s Nexus 7 and Android Autism Apps: Hands-On Review

  1. […] users, but this one’s a special gift to those with Android devices.  (Read my recent post on the Nexus 7 and autism.)  This Android AAC application makes finding things simple, and I’m sure that it would help […]

  2. Colleen McCaffrey on July 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I am very interested in android app reviews, please don’t stop here! Thanks.

    • Jack Kieffer on July 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      I’m glad :) I’ll be sure to do Android app reviews, then!

  3. Deb Kavky on August 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Great article so glad I found it! My daughter is rough on things.This has a stronger screen and half the price!!!

  4. Lucie on November 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    YES!!! Please provide more Android Apps Reviews.

    Also please clarify, I can’t see an apps list (Monkeys is for iPad). Am I missing part of the article?

    Thanks to clarify and please keep ’em coming! We can’t wait to download great free stuff on the Nexus 7 which so far seems to be of great quality!

  5. Nicole on February 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Our son loves Autism myVoice on Android It’s really cheap too. My husband loves the fact that it comes with so many preloaded images.

  6. […] They can also tap the back arrow that many Android devices have placed somewhere near the bottom of the screen.  (Keep in mind that your device may or may not look exactly the same as mine (Nexus 7). […]

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My name is Jack Kieffer and I'm a blogger sharing my love of technology at blogs like Cool Gizmo Toys, Greenamajigger, and here at Autism Plugged In where I'm trying to make a difference in the lives of children with autism.

Several years ago, I began volunteering with special needs kids, who gave me much joy and an appreciation for life. This blog is my way of giving back. Any proceeds from this effort are used to support my friends with autism. Read more about Jack or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.