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Old November 23rd, 2012, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question For the money, is there better than the Nexus 7?

I have been procrastinating over which wifi tablet to get for an age now, and as I only have a £200 budget I have finally (I think) narrowed it down to a Google Nexus 7. I mainly want it for quality film watching, gaming and surfing the net. I have no doubt this is a good choice for the money, but is it the best for my money? I really don't want to go over budget, so any thoughts or suggestions within my budget would be very welcome thanks.

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Esha77, and welcome to AF

I don't own one, so can only go on specs and other people's comments, but I'm not aware of any better android tablet for the money. The most comparable might be the Kindle Fire HD, but that's really locked-down to Amazon (and as there's nothing to stop you putting Kindle or Amazon Appstore apps on a Nexus, but you have to hack the Fire to put Google apps on it, that seems a clear win for the Nexus to me). So speaking personally, if I were going to buy a tablet today with that budget then the N7 would be my choice.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 02:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome Esha77

Have to agree with Hadron's reasoning, in that price range there is nothing that offers as much as the Nexus 7 and you can be sure for the next year or two you would be getting the latest updates as soon as they are ready... good piece of kit offered at that price as they can make the money back in the play store. Hoping Santa brings me a Nexus 10 for christmas, I've gave enough hints
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 02:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Wilkas,

I have to admit, I'm definitely swinging very much in the direction of the Nexus 7 now. It's just a question of deciding between the 16gb and the 32gb. Bearing in mind there's no expansion slot I'm tempted by the 32GB,
I hope santa is kind to you this year and brings you your Nexus 10
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 02:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh yea! sell it to me baby, sell it too me Liking it more and more!
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 02:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If it isn't your primary device (like your phone) then the 16gb will probably be ok, there are lots of cloud based storage options.. if you have the money though get the 32gb, no harm in having too much.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 03:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd definitely go for the 32GB Nexus 7. Am typing on mine now. I'd rather have too much space than not enough. My 16GB S3 was full so I knew I'd user the space up and I want to use it to watch videos so space is good. And its not too much more in price and still within budget :-)
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I agree for that range of prices Nexus 7 is by far the best option
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Welcome to both Esha77 and pallando!

I gotta agree, for a tablet, there is no better value. Like Hadron said, a close second is the Kindle Fire HD, but unless you are heavily invested in the Amazon world (ie Kindle, and Prime), the flexibility of the Nexus puts it over the top IMO.
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No there is no better device for the price. And a 16gb will do if it is not your primary device
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My SIL has a Kindle HD, my brother a Transformer prime and I have a N7, We got to compare them over Thanksgiving and the overwhelming consensus was the N7 was clearly superior in usability and speed . My only caveat,is that I did have my screen crack (repaired under warranty by Asus). My brother also shattered his transformers screen, but that was after a drop and was covered by insurance. In the hand, the kindle felt a bit more robust than the N7, but the N7 has a more premium look and feel. Certainly without rooting and a rom replacement, if you're looking for full tablet functionality the Kindle isn't the way to go. Stock, it's strictly an Amazon provided content consumption device. On that note, since we are prime members I am considering getting a kindle HD for my wife. For me? No way!!!
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The lack of expandable memory is what turned me off the Nexus 7. I got a Galaxy Tab 2 instead.
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In my opinion, the nexus 7 is the best bang for your buck. My uncle has it and he loves it. If you're a fan of Android, you can't go better than $199 for an awesome tablet.
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Hi Esha & welcome. I was watching the news last night and they were talking about tablets/holiday shopping. They said the Nexus 7 is the best tablet on the market right now for it's size and price. Next up was the Kindle Fire HD but as mentioned, tied into Amazon ecosystem only.
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The lack of expandable memory is what turned me off the Nexus 7. I got a Galaxy Tab 2 instead.
I also went with the GT 2 (student edition) due to expandable storage. Loved that thing but returned it the minute I heard all the US carriers were getting the Note 2.
For basic things like surfing, Facebook and Tapatalk...etc, it was quick. For the few games I played it was very sluggish.
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I also went with the GT 2 (student edition) due to expandable storage. Loved that thing but returned it the minute I heard all the US carriers were getting the Note 2.
For basic things like surfing, Facebook and Tapatalk...etc, it was quick. For the few games I played it was very sluggish.
Only game I've played on mine is Dead Trigger Zombies. It does well with that one.
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32Gb Nexus7 is very fast & slick, best bang for the buck by a long way.
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Only game I've played on mine is Dead Trigger Zombies. It does well with that one.
Words with Friends & Dream Heights were sluggish. Temple Run & games of that nature would stutter & hiccup.
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Hi Everyone! Thanks for making me feel so welcome on this forum. You will probably be hearing a lot from me over the coming weeks and months after I get my shiny new Nexus 7 (32GB) Oh yea! I finally decided, thanks to so much encouraging feedback, it's the Nexus 7 for me! There will no doubt be teething troubles along the way, so I apologise in advance if I'm forever asking questions on these forum, but hey, isn't that what you guys are for? I'm relatively new when it comes to androids, but I dare say I will pick things up as I go along, and if I can help anyone in return along the way, I will do my best.

See you guys again after the unveiling!!
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I'm not really bothered about the lack of expandable storage on the N7, although I was initially, but now I've decided to buy an OTG cable and Micro SD card reader, which, once I've downloaded the Nexus Media Importer from Play Store, will allow me the extra storage if I need it, apparently you can also use flash drives etc. as well. Also did you guys know, that you can use a PS3 or Xbox360 controller through the OTG cable to use on some of the games (obviously not all games will be compatable)
Yet to try any of this stuff out, but just thought Id'e pass on what I've been picking up along the way. Wow! can't wait to get my hands on that tablet. I've got a headache with all the excitment, and it's the only tablet that's going to cure it
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