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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I got one.
by henderson101 on Wed 15th Aug 2012 15:53 UTC
henderson101
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2006-05-30

So, I managed to bad a Nexus 7 16GB yesterday. I got lucky and the local PC World (a store in the UK, not the US publication) had them in stock the evening before, so I reserved one for collection.

I'm an iPad 2 owner and I've never owned an Android device before (save an N800 running a fairly crippled early Android build.) Here's my mini review:

Pros:

o Comfortable to hold. I mean, really comfortable.
o Screen is nice and bright
o Battery seems to hold a good charge.
o Google services well integrated (though the 2 step verification is a kludge)
o The play store isn't short of titles. I have all the usual susyemcs on my device (Netflix, Skype, Evernote, Trello etc.)
o £15 credit was a nice touch (see caveat below)
o The interface is pleasant to use, though the scrolling is not smooth in all apps - can seem very jerky and abrupt in some apps.
o Wifi works well (see caveat below)

Cons
o £15 credit was only given to me if I registered a credit card - I don't want to do this, and will deregister after I've spent the £15.
o Wifi doesn't support 5Ghz, so it's restricted to my general purpose Wifi network on my Airport at home. (hint, G devices can connect and slow the speeds down...)
o why is the home screen stuck in portrait?
o why is the scrolling so jerky in some apps? It is less inertial, more "sack of potatoes"
o Google Now seems a little pointless, but was touted as a big feature in JB. Maybe it'll improve over time?
o Far from being "plug and play" it turns out you need a special app to transfer files from a Mac to an Android device. I couldn't see a way to put it in to USB Mass storage mode. (Am I missing something? does it need to be rooted or something?)
o I had real trouble finding an app that would play DivX files. Most barfed on my movie file. VLC (neon) works if you "open in", but crashes on start otherwise. (I'm guessing this will be fixed...)

All in all, it's a fun device. I've owned a few PDA's over the years (Palm Pilot Pro, Handspring Visor Deluxe, HP iPaq ??5000 series (like the one Thom has), Zaurus sl5500, Nokia N800, Nokia N810, Apple Newton MP120, a few other Pocket PC's, various iPhones, iPad 2.) This rates highly amongst them. It's a really sweet little device. But it needs more use before I can draw any wider conclusions.

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