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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Some things not mentioned in your review
by rklrkl on Mon 13th Aug 2012 18:25 UTC
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I'm surprised you missed out on a few things that even the casual user would spot about the Nexus 7:

* I got 15 pounds Google Play credit with my Nexus 7 - I presume you did too, Thom, but you never mentioned it.

* No Flash shipped with the default Nexus 7, though you can side-load it.

* No Camera icon on the desktop as standard - you have to get "Camera Launcher for Nexus 7" from Google Play to be able to run the app.

* Default launcher can't rotate the home screens to landscape, which is utterly ludicrous.

Covering other points:

* First thing I did - which I do on all my Android devices - is install Firefox Beta, which on the Nexus 7 beats Chrome to a pulp (and supports Flash too!). I'm surprised you didn't try another browser when you found Chrome wanting.

* Next thing was to root and unlock the Nexus 7, which was easy enough.

* Finally, I installed the Modaco JR6 ROM, which actually included Flash, the Camera app icon and a launcher that supports landscape rotation on the home screens amongst several other improvements over the stock ROM. I may look at CyanogenMod 10 soon, but the Modaco ROM is a good starting point if you just want some of the dumb decisions made by Asus/Google to be fixed.

* No mention of any games in the review - this is really where the Nexus 7 shines: Tegra 3, 1280x800, quad core CPU on a 7" display means that games like Riptide GP and Dead Trigger look great on the tablet and where it has a clear edge on the sub-100 pounds tablets you can buy.

In the UK, if you want a good 7" tablet, the Nexus 7 is the only top-end spec machine available. We have no Kindle Fire, no Nook Color and whilst there's a load of mostly Chinese sub-100 pounds tablets available, all of them are underspec'ed in one or more important ways.

I was lucky to get the 16GB model with a 20 pounds discount code from Tesco Direct, so I'm quite pleased with the 179 pounds it cost me.

Edited 2012-08-13 18:26 UTC

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