Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Aug 2012 17:22 UTC
Google Nobody needs a tablet, but many people still want a tablet. This is still the core differentiator between a 'real' computer and a tablet. At least in The Netherlands, you can't function in society without a desktop or laptop connected to the internet, so people need a computer. A tablet, though? Hence, the most common thing people have told me when they played with my iPad 2 is this: I'd love to have a tablet, but not for hundreds of euros. Enter Google's Nexus 7, the first 'cheap' tablet that doesn't just validate Android as a tablet platform, but also gives the iPad a run for its money.
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by bornagainenguin on Sat 11th Aug 2012 17:40 UTC
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A tablet (especially one like this intended for media consumption) needs more storage than what the Nexus 7 series offers. The lack of any way to add user-loadable storage just kills this device. Too bad because I was actually pretty excited about it up until I discovered this failing.

I understand that some people are fortunate to be somewhere where everyone has fiber optic connections to the Internet and free WiFi is available at all times--but most people do not live in such an environment. Saying that you can get everything from the cloud only works if you can always count on being somewhere with access to that cloud. The cloud is not the answer here.

Besides I would think with the Megaupload situation and the prevalence of false DMCA attacks, anyone trusting in storage they can't physically access is being foolish. Did we learn nothing from the shuttering of Google Video? From the Plays for Sure debacle?

Nice toy, but even at these low prices I'm still not convinced the Nexus 7 is a buy. Looks like I'm going to be sticking with my Nook Color for a little bit longer after all....


PS: For those who'd like a more iOS like experience on Android, give Espier Launcher a try with the iPad option checked in settings and you may be pleasantly surprised. Personally I'm still holding out hope for a JoyOS port to CM9\10 in the near future....

Edited 2012-08-11 17:47 UTC

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