Front and back made of glass, like iPhone 4 and 4S. When Apple did it it was a gross oversight and the internet could not rest. Google does it and no one cares.
Anandtech: Google Nexus 7 and Android 4.1 – Mini Review
The ball is on Amazon’s court now, for the small affordable tablet market.
Apple’s recent products, especially their mobile iOS devices, are like beautiful crystal prisons, with a wide range of restrictions imposed by the OS, the hardware, and Apple’s contracts with carriers as well as contracts with developers. Only users who can hack or “jailbreak” their devices can escape these limitations.
And I love my little glass and aluminum jails. I presume the alternatives are using Android devices that are so “open”, that in most cases to really use the device as intended by Google, you either have to buy a Google approved device (Nexus), or root your equipment (the equivalent to jail breaking on iOS), because carriers and manufacturers put crap and restrictions on them.
Nobody is forcing anyone to buy an Apple device, if you don’t like it, there are alternatives.