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bikeguyinvenice 11-24-13 05:12 AM

Anyone own a Google Nexus 7 tablet
 
I'm thinking of buying my first tablet to supplement my desktop PC, acutally the desktop might hardly ever get turned on if I buy a tablet, so many of the things I used to use my pc for now, I now do online and with apps. So what's the nexus 7 like? I would think it's decent just because Google wouldn't want to put their name on something too junky.

njkayaker 11-24-13 07:05 AM

It gets universally good reviews. It's a good size for a compact tablet. The screen is quite nice and it has a GPS. And it's not too expensive. I'd suggest getting the 32gb version. (I like the new ipads too but they are more expensive.)

eofelis 11-24-13 08:55 AM

I'm using my 1st gen Nexus 7 right now. I got it in January 2013 and have not had any problems with it. The system on it just updated to the latest version yesterday, kitkat 4.4. I'm happy with it.

MillCreek 11-24-13 12:05 PM

I love mine. I bought it a few months ago and it just updated to KitKat last night. Excellent screen quality, the sound is pretty good, and it is fast and responsive. Much better than my first generation Kindle (two years old), and still better than my second generation Kindle Fire HD (one year old). It is so much fun having pure Android, and being able to download anything from the Play store.

eofelis 11-24-13 12:40 PM

I was looking at the new Nexus 7 tablets and they look great. I'm not looking to upgrade or anything but if I needed to I'd get another N7. Mine doesn't have a camera on the back. Not that I would have used it much anyways. I liked N7 because of the onboard GPS feature. The new ones now do have the camera on the back.

I got a $10 USB keyboard case for mine from Amazon. It turns it into a mini laptop, easier to type on than the screen keypad. It has worked great when I took mine travelling.

I just got an android smartphone. A friend upgraded her phone and gave me her old one. Yes, she is a good friend. She said that she didn't know what else she would do with it anyways. I'm very happy to take it. It's an LG Marquee. I don't plan on activating it as a cell phone, but only using it on wifi as a mini tablet, and for the camera, mp3, GPS, etc. It's only android 2.3 but it works great, nearly as fast as the tablet. I'm loading it up with my favorite apps and offline GPS mapping apps. I've also set it up with Google Voice and apps to make free calls with it over wifi. I'm having fun with it. I ordered a 32gb mSD card for it to store plenty of pictures and background maps for the GPS.

no1mad 11-24-13 12:42 PM

I don't have one, but thought I'd share an observation. Since it is a Google product, you can count on getting OS upgrades for as long as the hardware will support it- other manufacturers of Android OS tablets can not say that.

Wordbiker 11-24-13 01:31 PM

No MicroSD slot = Mega Fail. Thanks for that little marketing gem Apple. :rolleyes::crash:

bikebuddha 11-24-13 04:05 PM

I have one and an ipad, since I got the nexus the ipad gets little use. It's really a great tablet ipad 4 performance for less than 200 it's a steal.

bikebuddha 11-24-13 04:21 PM

I should add that I've discovered that I prefer ios for phones and android for tablets.

eofelis 11-24-13 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Wordbiker (Post 16274215)
No MicroSD slot = Mega Fail. Thanks for that little marketing gem Apple. :rolleyes::crash:

I pondered over the no mSD slot on the N7 for a while and finally decided that the 32gb it has would be fine. And it has been. I don't store a lot of data on the tablet. I have dropbox on it too so that gives me a few more gigs of space.

Wordbiker 11-24-13 05:25 PM

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Originally Posted by eofelis (Post 16274706)
I pondered over the no mSD slot on the N7 for a while and finally decided that the 32gb it has would be fine. And it has been. I don't store a lot of data on the tablet. I have dropbox on it too so that gives me a few more gigs of space.

It doesn't work for my use. I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 and keep a rack of 32Gb cards pre-loaded with movies, music, ebooks, etc. and can swap in whatever media I want with no transfer time. I can also swap them into a MicroSD card reader and just drag and drop to it without having to deal with any other software interface. Granted, Samsung's Kies is very easy, but it always wants to update, has to connect with the device, install drivers...and ends up wasting time. I like having my media available even with no wifi connection for camping and such. 32Gb (especially at a price premium over 16Gb) may be enough, but I like having choices. There are plenty of other choices in tablets that have similar specs and still include an SD slot. There's no reason for them not to unless it's to speed up planned obsolescence or gouge for storage.

skijor 11-24-13 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Wordbiker (Post 16274738)
It doesn't work for my use. I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 and keep a rack of 32Gb cards pre-loaded with movies, music, ebooks, etc. and can swap in whatever media I want with no transfer time. I can also swap them into a MicroSD card reader and just drag and drop to it without having to deal with any other software interface. Granted, Samsung's Kies is very easy, but it always wants to update, has to connect with the device, install drivers...and ends up wasting time. I like having my media available even with no wifi connection for camping and such. 32Gb (especially at a price premium over 16Gb) may be enough, but I like having choices. There are plenty of other choices in tablets that have similar specs and still include an SD slot. There's no reason for them not to unless it's to speed up planned obsolescence or gouge for storage.

Exactly.

bikebuddha 11-24-13 05:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wordbiker (Post 16274738)
It doesn't work for my use. I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 and keep a rack of 32Gb cards pre-loaded with movies, music, ebooks, etc. and can swap in whatever media I want with no transfer time. I can also swap them into a MicroSD card reader and just drag and drop to it without having to deal with any other software interface. Granted, Samsung's Kies is very easy, but it always wants to update, has to connect with the device, install drivers...and ends up wasting time. I like having my media available even with no wifi connection for camping and such. 32Gb (especially at a price premium over 16Gb) may be enough, but I like having choices. There are plenty of other choices in tablets that have similar specs and still include an SD slot. There's no reason for them not to unless it's to speed up planned obsolescence or gouge for storage.


I miss the SD slot when traveling that's for sure. Air travel is so uncomfortable now days I have to have some videos and books to keep me distracted.

bikeguyinvenice 11-24-13 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by bikebuddha (Post 16274808)
I miss the SD slot when traveling that's for sure. Air travel is so uncomfortable now days I have to have some videos and books to keep me distracted.

Couldn't you use a mirco USB card read like this?

bikebuddha 11-24-13 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice (Post 16274852)
Couldn't you use a mirco USB card read like this?

Probably but that would be one more thing to carry

windhchaser 11-24-13 06:30 PM

off topic but its insane how much stuff you can put on a 64 gig microsd card and there only like 40 bucks and weight less then a gram i bet

kingsqueak 11-24-13 07:29 PM

Tablets

Great for reading, music, watching movies. Content consumption.

Want to start typing?...miserable.

If you like posting on forums consider a Chromebook like the Acer C720. Basically a compact laptop with a browser built in, period. Made for interaction a lot more than a tablet/touch interface. The main question though is that they pretty much require a net connection.

90% of what I do, the Chromebook is better due to a proper full browser and a keyboard to type on.

I-Like-To-Bike 11-25-13 12:41 AM

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Originally Posted by MillCreek (Post 16274005)
Much better than my first generation Kindle (two years old)

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Originally Posted by kingsqueak (Post 16275021)
Tablets
Great for reading...

Can the Nexus Tablet or any non Kindle Tablet display Kindle ebooks downloaded from Public Libraries or Amazon in azw, mobi, or prc format?

no1mad 11-25-13 01:58 AM

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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike (Post 16275704)
Can the Nexus Tablet or any non Kindle Tablet display Kindle ebooks downloaded from Public Libraries or Amazon in azw, mobi, or prc format?

Any Android OS device that has access to the Google Play Store should be able to download/install the Kindle app. My cheap Nextbook w/Android 4.0 did so with no problems. Also, my laptop has Windows 8 and I installed the Kindle app from the MS Store, so I believe any Windows 8 device should work as well (though not sure about that W8 RT, though).

njkayaker 11-25-13 07:46 AM

Amazon has Kindle apps for Android and iOS (iPad). Amazon makes (more) money from content than their hardware, which means they don't care what hardware you use. For other sources of ebooks it would be easy to check (but iOS may be better supported).

kingsqueak 11-25-13 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike (Post 16275704)
Can the Nexus Tablet or any non Kindle Tablet display Kindle ebooks downloaded from Public Libraries or Amazon in azw, mobi, or prc format?

Yup. The kindle is Android underneath. The Kindle app works well.

A Chromebook would not be great for reading if you are an eBook reader.

no1mad 11-25-13 10:36 AM

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Originally Posted by kingsqueak (Post 16276213)
Yup. The kindle is Android underneath. The Kindle app works well.

A Chromebook would not be great for reading if you are an eBook reader.

Agreed.

I much prefer using the Kindle app on my 7" tablet to the Kindle app on my 17" laptop (even if I have to "turn the page" more because of the larger font I need to read with). Combined with the accelerometer, you can choose to read in either landscape or portrait mode :)

wphamilton 11-25-13 10:47 AM

I have one and really like it. Not having a rear facing camera and micro-sd slot bugs me, but I have a usb dongle that I can plug a card reader into and it works. I never actually use that, 32GB is enough and I don't store videos.

The display is pretty much unmatched for anything in the price range in my opinion.

wphamilton 11-25-13 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike (Post 16275704)
Can the Nexus Tablet or any non Kindle Tablet display Kindle ebooks downloaded from Public Libraries or Amazon in azw, mobi, or prc format?

It works exactly like the Kindle except that the lending library is Kindle-only.

I-Like-To-Bike 11-25-13 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by wphamilton (Post 16276597)
It works exactly like the Kindle except that the lending library is Kindle-only.

Can a library ebook in Kindle format be loaded on to a tablet by first downloading to a computer and then by USB to the tablet? There are specific advantages to loading lending library ebooks only by USB on my Kindle and never turning on the WiFi feature of the Kindle. The Kindle never receives a Wifi signal from Amazon that the loan has expired.


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