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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Are we using different tablets?
by leos on Sun 12th Aug 2012 20:16 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

I have a Nexus 7 for work, and really don't agree with much of this review at all.

It's nice and light, and the home screen is very smooth. That's about it.
The browser is sub par, and given that 90% of the use of a tablet is browsing the web, that pretty much kills it. In fact, the poor browser carries over to other apps like the play store, making scrolling very annoying and jerky.

Same goes for maps. Why is it that my 2 year old iPhone 4 with a single core and outdated GPU can scroll both a web page and maps so much smoother than a quad core brand new tablet? Project butter seems to have focused on the home screen (which is buttery), and nothing else.
The critical apps (maps and browser) on a tablet are sluggish and inconsistent.

I also wouldn't spend $500 on an iPad. That's too much money for a pure luxury item. But the nexus 7 isn't worth $200 either. On the nexus, there really isn't anything it does that my phone can't do just as well.

Edited 2012-08-12 20:21 UTC

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tekairangi Member since:
2007-11-18

I agree. I got it as an impulse buy just to check it out. I like the size. But the browser is no better than Safari (something I never thought I'd say)
It's always easy to whine - but Apple have set the bar pretty high in terms of an homogenous user experience and ease of use. I thought the one thing that would be easy, namely playing back various video formats without conversion is not esay either. I still have to use handbrake (or similar) to convert AVIs and whatnot to mp4 to playback. I still got VLC on my iPad and it plays back anything. VLC don't work so good on the NEXUS. Google also doesn't let me edit Google docs - which I find a bit odd

But on the whole - I like it for what it is. Cheap and cheerful. It surfs the web, checks my emails and runs FIFA 2012 and IMDB OK.

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dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

How about just installing a different browser? I personally quite like opera mobile, and firefox has gotten quite decent as well.

Keep in mind that there are two phone/tablet editions of opera:
* Opera mini is the light version that renders things on the server - it's the only one available on weaker devices (and apple products, since they won't allow a competing renderer/JS engine).
* Opera mobile is a normal browser, using roughly the same rendering engine as the desktop edition.

Edited 2012-08-13 10:30 UTC

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