Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by ruzzi, Jul 1, 2012.
who's copping this? $200? done.
I think we've got our answer.
It's going to sell well, but nothing at the level of the iPad. I'm guessing numbers around what Amazon is doing with the Fire.
lol, wow i thought there'd be a heap of interest in this. guess not.
It's just yet another Android tablet. Rather difficult for me to get enthusiastic about these devices, I see so many of the things here.
Think this one is only available in the US anyway.
I think it's the first Android tablet worth owning.
Tablets in general are pretty wonky to be honest.
Having said that,totally bought one already..
Curious what you mean by wonky.
Ah yes, my apologies for not being clearer. Tablets I've found in general to be a pretty terribly uncompelling piece of technology in terms of anything but watching YouTube and checking recipes or emails on the net. For Google to acknowledge this is pretty big.
My opinion is also drawn out from my experiences at client sites and at work where executives toting tables do nothing but check emails and the aforementioned YouTube and network browsing - switching back to laptops when they need to get something done. It frustrates me.
Having said that, already bought one because I'm a huge Google tragic...
There are three things that my original iPad introduced to me that I find hugely beneficial. (I have a third-gen iPad coming this week.)
1. Watching movies on a plane or train. No more worrying about battery life. No more lugging a laptop simply to watch video. Hugely useful.
2. Reading magazines. When my paper GQ comes in the mail I toss it in the recycling bin. A paper mag still works best poolside or on a beach, but under most conditions I prefer reading my mags on a tablet. The IPS screen produces wonderful images and I even find myself taking in each ad and for the most part not hating them.
3. Browsing the web in bed before sleep. Most of my browsing takes place on my iPhone or Mac Mini/MBA as time allows. But before bed I like to browse the web and catch up on things as I find that to be the most pleasurable web browsing experience. Even more so than my matte IPS Apple Cinema Display.
We are really still at an infancy stage with tablets so it's expected that they are limited to what they can do, but as you know that is changing more and more each year.
On a related note I handled a 7" tablet for the first time ever today. (Kindle Fire at a local shop.) It's significantly smaller than my iPad and certainly not ideal for magazine viewing, as I suspected and as Topolsky mentioned in the last Vergecast. However it's clear to me that there is a strong need for a 7"-8" tablet on the market. Perfect for one handed use and sufficient for watching movies and TV shows on the go. I think the Nexus 7 will be a hit.
And yes, all spectacularly valid points - I suppose for the home user, they've been hugely beneficial.
I don't know whether this will be a hit tho - because I do wonder if Google's lack of infrastructure will mean that people will continue to choose the iPad, despite it's larger size - of course these considerations are mostly for the Rest of the World, as things like the Kindle Fire don't exist here.
Probably because they need a decent full featured office suite (MS Office) and a real keyboard. TBH from what I've seen office suites on Android have been rather crummy so far. Probably the only decent office suit on a tablet at the moment, is iWork on the iPad.
I have a cheapish Chinese non-Google Android 4.0 ICS tablet myself, but I only use it for browsing, IM, VOIP, watching videos etc.
Yep, and this is why I'm watching the whole "MS Surface" thing with great interest.
(And I have a crummy Android 4.0 ICS tablet too - but I'd like a Nexus branded one for peace of mind)
I think the big selling point here is the price. For consumers, $200-$250 doesn't seem like a huge deal. Whereas the base model current iPad is $500. A huge difference psychologically. On the Mac Rumors forum I've seen tons of members state that they ordered one because they are curious and the price doesn't seem like a huge money investment.
If I just needed a tablet to watch movies on the road and do some browsing, I would consider the Nexus 7 for sure. Especially attractive if you want to use it on a more casual commute like a subway, etc. But I opted to get the new iPad instead because those roughly extra 3" of screen are very significant.
I agree, and it's interesting that the rumours of a "budget" iPad have surfaced again. The 10" tablets are great and are significantly larger, but they are also damn heavy (double the weight) and a lot larger (two Nexus 7's fit, volume wise, where one standard 10" tablet would)
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