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Google Nexus 7
Hands on and LOVING IT!

 2:44 am on Aug 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

For those that haven't tried it yet, just got mine, and it's an amazing device.

Compared to the other 7" Android tablets out there I've used, like the B&N Nook I own and a Kindle Fire, it's much slicker and way faster. This thing comes with a quad core processor and it literally jumps the split second on you touch it. Seems much more responsive than the Nook or Fire does. The video is great and streaming video is very smooth.

The box it came in was small and I was wondering what in the heck could be in it. The packaging was very snug and tight, a bit of a challenge to get opened but not too much trouble.

When I powered it up it came on and was on the Wifi network and fully operational in just a few minutes without incident. The thing that pleasantly surprised me was it was already linked to my account so when I first turned it on it said "Hello IncrediBILL!". Nice touch. I'm more familiar with the Android user interface on my phone than those custom skins on the Nook or Fire so the learning curve was very low on the Nexus as most things were where I expected them to be.

I was also surprised there was a new OS update already available with new features as it upgraded itself to Jelly Bean 4.1.1. right out of the box. That's what I think I'll like most about having a Nexus vs. the Nook, which is the same issue I have with my Android phone, is that it runs pure Android. The latest releases are available almost immediately vs. my phone which hasn't been upgraded in ages and the Nook which is off on it's own update tangent.

The Nexus built in speakers are quite loud and amazing for such a thin device. It definitely cranks out more volume than my Nook does and completely blows my netbook's speakers away.

My only complaints so far are the location of the headphone jack and USB cord is stupidly located on the bottom when it's in portrait mode. Basically you can forget charging, using headphones, or having the USB plugged in to synch when it's in a stand in portrait mode. It's definitely designed to be used in landscape mode when headphones are attached, like it's only useful when used as a video player. Yet it powers up in portrait mode and most things are in portrait orientation. I can live with it and I'm already used to it as Nook has the same annoying quirk and it's not a big issue when handheld vs. using a stand. However, I wish someone would move those stupid ports to a more reasonable location.

Yeah, yeah, I know, Bluetooth headset...

Used Chrome to go surfing all my usual sites and everything seemed to work just fine, including WebmasterWorld. :)

I'd say that the tablet is here to stay and websites that don't address them are going to find themselves in a world of hurt as tablets become more powerful, more capable, and more widely adopted as this unit may replace my netbook which replaced my laptop, it's inevitable.

Heck, I even have a Telnet client on the tablet and I can even manage my servers from the Nexus just like I do from my cell phone.

Off to buy a bluetooth headset, keyboard and rotating case ... TTFN!



 9:24 pm on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Now that I've had it a week I'm still loving it,

The differences between the Nook and the Nexus become real obvious, the Nook is showing it's age as the Nexus just blows it away. The custom Nook interface feels real clunky compared to the Nexus. It's also very light and the 7" form factor is easy to hold for hours opposed to a bigger clunkier heavier iPad. It's also easy to travel with, same as the nook, as it fits nicely in my wife's purse ;)

Upgraded my android smart phone to a Samsung Galaxy just to get a hot spot for the Nexus and it flies on the 4G hotspot, I'm impressed. The Samsung Galaxy, like the Nexus, is also one helluva machine that seems to be giving iPhones a run for their money but we'll discuss that some other day.

For the price, you CANNOT beat the Nexus and based on it's competition it's very underpriced IMO so Google has raised the bar in hardware and software while lowering the price.

Very nice.

I'm hooked I'm hooked my brain is cooked.


 9:27 pm on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Better hope it keeps working, with no faults ..if you search for "google customer service" ( with or without the word nexus ) you'll see why..once they sell you it..they do not want to know if it breaks or develops a problem of any sort..even the day after purchase..


 9:56 pm on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

incrediBill, have you tried the downloadable maps feature? That's one thing I'm interested in (got lost three times walking around Paris in June), and the one thing for which the NY Times reviewer dinged it: grossly large file sizes.


 12:08 am on Aug 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

they do not want to know if it breaks or develops a problem of any sort

That's fine because it's priced to be disposable unlike the iPad.

By the time it breaks hopefully a new version will be available for purchase.

FWIW, it was rated 7 out of 10 by iFixit for repairability.
Compare to Kindle Fire at an 8 and an iPad at 2.

They claim you could at least replace the battery if you really wanted to which is the single most likely component to fail.

Besides, according to the Nexus 7 info you would know Google kicks it back to Asus for repairs, they just brand it, sell it and abandon it.

the NY Times reviewer dinged it: grossly large file sizes.

He's an idiot - let him carry paper maps.

Yes, I have maps, but I prefer using it on my phone which is smaller to carry :) No, I haven't actually tried the offline option yet but if I get into terrain with spotty connections I may some day.


 11:27 am on Aug 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

The news program on BBC Radio 4 has just been going through how unhappy many users are with the Nexus - in the UK anyway. Faulty screens, flickering, back cover falling off etc.

They are recommending that if you buy one, do it through a well known retailer and not G direct. The G after sales service is also being rated as very poor on the program. At least if you buy from a retailer you can take it back to them.

Throwaway pricing it may be but that's no good if it fails after a couple of days.


 8:48 am on Sep 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

i hope it will be works good without any fault. my 3-4 friends are still using this tab and still now i have not heard any complain against Nexas7.

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