Originally Posted by blairh
Of course they go head to head. They are both tablets. You're telling me someone wasn't contemplating an iPad and then opted to get the Nexus 7 just because it was cheaper? Come on.
A more direct competition will be the Nexus 7 and the smaller iPad coming this fall. But in the current market I'm sure there are plenty of consumers debating an iPad or a Nexus 7.
I think you are underestimating how often people use their tablets outside of their homes. Every time I'm on a plane or train I see a ton of iPad's.
What I was originally saying is that local storage is not a thing of the past. Nothing you are saying is really proving otherwise but you are making some other random points.
The fact that you've chosen to use only 3 GB of storage on your Nexus means absolutely nothing in general. Your personal usage of cloud services does not dictate what most consumers will do. Do you have any doubt that we are going to see a 64 GB iPhone this fall? Or a 64 GB iPad will remain in Apple's lineup next spring with the next iPad? Come on.
Yes, cloud services provide consumers more opportunities to rely less on local storage but it simply becomes an option versus a trend that will mean less local storage available on smartphones and tablets.
Also, you are stating that you are sure we'll see a 32 GB Nexus 7 down the road so essentially you are agreeing with me.
Oh you have an edit? You don't see them going with high capacity tablets anytime soon? Which means what? 64 GB?
Haha, right, because Ferrari' 458's and Toyota Prius's both compete head to head, they're cars!
There are ALWAYS price concerns, performance, and intended use to be taken into account. I can't think of a single decent tablet in the 7" range that competes with the 7 right now actually, the nook and fire aren't really tablets and most other reputable Android tablet makers have larger, slower, and more expensive products; please let me know if something is out there, I don't keep up with every model that comes out. iPads start at double the price, are heavier, and sport a far larger screen. Some shoppers may consider both, however I still maintain that they cover very differenent ends of the tablet market spectrum and don't have as many cross shoppers as you'd believe. Very few people seem willing to switch between Android and iOS on concurrently owned devices.
So you're stacking up your anecdotal evidence against, mine? Seems like pot calling kettle here. I see people using tablets outside of their homes as well, but what are they doing? Either listening to music, reading, or playing a game. NONE of which require a wifi connection nor much internal storage. Things like Instapaper (and android equivalents) help to reduce the need for instant wifi without taking up much space. The only thing I can think of that takes up significant space would be movies or extensive music libraries if you don't have wifi. If you want access to 10 HD quality movies and your entire music library all at your fingertips without any wifi, you obviously must look elsewhereEvery single
person I know under "middle age", including many of those older, uses cloud music services or ones that let you download playlists locally, such as Spotify Premium (which surprisingly has high bitrate local storage options if you want). Large libraries at hand are becoming a thing of the past. Oops, more anecdotal evidence!
Buy what suits your needs, I just don't see a 16gb storage capacity as a major con for most modern small tablet users. But who knows, they could just be too cheap to pony up for a big boy tablet.
*that was rambling, sleep now*Edited by whiteslashasian - 7/30/12 at 10:18pm