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    Compelling reason to keep a Google Nexus 7?

    My wife wanted a tablet to play with this year since her laptop is currently being used as a streaming device for the TV in the bedroom where there is no cable. I purchased her a Google Nexus 7 because it was the cheaper alternative with good specs. A couple of days later I found a deal on a 10" pad with a docking station, which is what she wanted in the first place, with the same specs aside from size and is more like the "touchscreen laptop" that she pointed out (for a fraction of the cost, I might add).

    I currently have a nice laptop, a nice phone, and a nice desktop computer. The ONLY reason I would be interested in a tablet is the few out there that have IR emitters for the purpose of being used as a universal remote for my entertainment center and possibly as a DLNA server for music and movies as a supplement to my NAS media server. Neither of the current tablets are equipped with the IR emitter, as they weren't purchased with me in mind. The level of tablet that does have that emitter is still pretty expensive, so it won't be happening any time soon.

    To get to the point...The retailer that I ordered the Nexus from charges a restocking fee for returning it, and they are an online retailer, so I would have to pay shipping back. By the time it's done I will lose roughly $50 returning it. They are sold out so I am sure they will have no issue reselling the item, it is unopened and unused, but it does bother me a bit that I will have to pay to ship and restock for them just to turn around and mail it out to the next backordered customer.

    My options are to keep it as a fool around that will probably not get used past the "novelty" period, send it back and lose the money, or try and re-sell it myself through CL or the like. I would imagine that there are so many of them available through retailers that even that option will lose me money one way or the other. I cannot think of a compelling reason why someone would buy it from me at full retail.

    The last, and rather unorthodox solution is this. My mother has a computer that is so old it will hardly connect to the internet. She barely uses it, has never used a tablet or even a smartphone, and has expressed that she isn't interested in "those fancy touchscreens". It would be easy enough to set this up with a bluetooth keyboard and have her use it as a computer, replacing her obsolete machine. Considering the size, and her "idea" of a computer, it would likely be met with some resistance to learn about it on her part and probably get used little like her current machine...it's 15 or so years old and is like new aside from obsolescence.

    So, given that mouthful, what would you do with the tablet?
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    give it to me because im greedy but if i was u id keep it or sell it

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
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    So, given that mouthful, what would you do with the tablet?
    They're fun, keep it for an e-reader if nothing else. Compelling reason: the 7" fits in a pocket.

    I don't think it's feasible to replace a desktop unit, with the small screen and tiny text (for older eyes).

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    Yeah, that was a part of my reasoning process as well, but those that are familiar with them know that the text size is a setting or gesture away. The real reason I am reluctant to give it to her as a replacement computer is the fact that, in reality, it will sit somewhere in her house unused and lose charge and connection. Lol, she uses her wireless router so little that it commonly drops and I have to go over and restart everything. I bet she hasn't used 500MB of data in the last three years.
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    Impromptu raffle and the proceeds go to bike swag?

    I'd offer to buy it from you (if I had the $), but the wife's yearning for a Kindle product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Impromptu raffle and the proceeds go to bike swag?

    I'd offer to buy it from you (if I had the $), but the wife's yearning for a Kindle product.

    Funny enough, we looked at the new Kindle and could find no real reason to purchase one of them over an "actual" tablet. For the most part they are the same device, aside from OS, and with a Kindle app any Android device can be one. I really don't understand the draw, but to each his own. (to be fair, I can't understand the "tablet" craze either since anyone with a smartphone has one in their pocket anyway)
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    I have kindle touch also. The advantage is longer battery life but I really prefer the tablet.

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    i really may buy one they look cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
    Funny enough, we looked at the new Kindle and could find no real reason to purchase one of them over an "actual" tablet. For the most part they are the same device, aside from OS, and with a Kindle app any Android device can be one. I really don't understand the draw, but to each his own. (to be fair, I can't understand the "tablet" craze either since anyone with a smartphone has one in their pocket anyway)
    She's not sure she wants a Fire, but she does want a Kindle product- she has a sizeable e-book collection parked in the Amazon Cloud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    She's not sure she wants a Fire, but she does want a Kindle product- she has a sizeable e-book collection parked in the Amazon Cloud.

    That would be a rather good reason. To me there is something comforting about having an actual book in hand while reading it. I have read a few e-books, but prefer to buy or rent from the library an actual one..although that "trend" is fading, and fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
    That would be a rather good reason. To me there is something comforting about having an actual book in hand while reading it. I have read a few e-books, but prefer to buy or rent from the library an actual one..although that "trend" is fading, and fast.
    My wife is a reader. She might be a collector of rare books if given the chance (she lost her entire Louis L'amour collection in the divorce from her first husband). She currently has 2 stacks of paperbacks in her TBR pile that are primarily ARC's. I'm the one pushing her to go the e-book route- way easier to store and move.

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    I agree with that, for sure. When we moved we threw away stacks upon stacks of books, some of them good and a few of them valuable. We just didn't have room to keep them, and weren't left time to deal with them as far as sale, or even taking them to a local used book store. It was a real loss, but the reality is that with little exception, once you read a book it is seldom that it even gets looked at again aside from the rare classic. With that in mind, I have a tendency to read every book I purchase twice, if it was worth it the first time, just to feel like I got my monies worth. Kindle, and Google books have a serious leg up in that dept. You can't lose them, and they take up no space at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    She's not sure she wants a Fire, but she does want a Kindle product- she has a sizeable e-book collection parked in the Amazon Cloud.
    For what it's worth, the Amazon kindle app allows you to access those books with the nexus tablet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    For what it's worth, the Amazon kindle app allows you to access those books with the nexus tablet.
    True, but you don't get the Lending Library on anything but Kindle. Since she's more into reading than gaming or multimedia, the Amazon/Kindle "ecosystem" is more appealing to her than Google's Play store. And she's not a fan of Barnes & Noble (for whatever reason), she's not interested in the Nook.

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    I have a Nexus 7. I don't use it a lot, but I use it some. Around the house. When I don't feel like getting out of bed. Sometimes I take it to work, and use it to test mobile apps. I did one of my fantasy football drafts on it. It worked fine. I take it sometimes with me on Sundays when watching football, to check my fantasy teams, but my phone is fine for that really.

    I don't have a real use for mine either, but it gets some use. I'm actually returning mine due to a sometimes unresponsive screen. I should get my new one this week.
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