As with everything else on the Google Nexus 7, the keyboard is the stock Android one.
We found the keys to be more or less exactly the right size - a perfect balance between making it fast and accurate while not obscuring too much of the screen.
It worked equally well in both portrait and landscape, though in landscape it's a two-hand job really, while portrait typing can be done either one handed or with your two thumbs.
It does a decent job of predicting what word you're typing and auto-correcting any mistakes, while a pleasing sound accompanies each tap.
However, it doesn't feature any sort of haptic feedback, which many other devices do, including its big brother the Google Nexus 10.
One new update in Android 4.2 is Gesture Typing for the keyboard. It works in a similar vein to Swype, enabling you to slide your finger across letters to create words rather than tapping them.
It's hugely accurate, though, and most of the main competitors, such as SwiftKey, have also brought out their own versions.
Lack of haptic feedback aside, it's a great keyboard and we can't imagine many people taking issue with it, but if you do there are always plenty of alternatives available on Google Play.
The settings screen can be accessed either from the notifications bar or from an icon that you'll initially find tucked away in the app drawer, but which can be placed on the dock or any of the home screens for easy access.
This is the standard Android settings screen through and through. Even skinned versions of Android more or less use the standard settings screen, so if you've had an Android device before this will be instantly familiar.
Even if you're new to Android it's all very straightforward, with a large number of clearly-labelled options and settings, from Wi-Fi to screen brightness, security to battery information, and a whole lot more besides.
Essentially, just about all the background stuff is controlled from here.
It's a menu that you'll probably spend a fair amount of time in, especially when you first get the tablet and are setting it up to your liking.
Plus you can now simply pull down from the top of the screen and adjust things like brightness and flip on and off the GPS / Wi-Fi without issue.
Another new feature, and one that will infuriate the user who bought the tablet, is the ability to have multiple user profiles in Android 4.2. This means that everyone in the family can have their own suite of apps and games, complete with their own save progress and media.
However, it means you'll be hearing 'Mum / Dad, can I play with the tablet please please please?'. Damn those pesky meddling kids.