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Old September 8th, 2012, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Won't delete it , just moved it to the Nexus 7 forum. Thanks for understanding

Not a whole lot to dislike about the Nexus 7, except for the epidemic of screen seperation.
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Won't delete it , just moved it to the Nexus 7 forum. Thanks for understanding

Not a whole lot to dislike about the Nexus 7, except for the epidemic of screen seperation.
Thanks! And yeah....I hope that isn't an issue on down the road

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Thus far I dont have any real complaints other than the lack of a sdcard slot.
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As for me...

Yes the screen separation is definitely annoying, and I went through a few 7's already, I think it was pretty wide spread.

One other thing that does annoy me is that the screen temp on these things varies so much from device to device. One is warm white, one is cool white, one is yellowish white, one will be right in the middle...lol!

I mean seriously, I've seen this minimally on phones before, especially on the iPhone. But I really believe Samsung got it right, my S3 is the same as my ladies, and pretty much the same as anyone else I know with the phone.

The 7 has an LCD screen, it should just be a nice bright white...not blue, not yellow, not pink, white! Hmmm, I may be asking to much from ASUS....LOL
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The lack of an SD card is the only thing that annoys me.
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I really dislike the build quality. Went through four of them just to keep the one with little screen separation. Selling a tablet for "only" $200 isn't an excuse to have defects on the production line.

As for the software side, the "project butter" isn't as smooth as it seems. Even without any launchers I get lag when swiping through the homescreen that has 2 small widgets after minimizing the currently used app.

There's audio delay when using my bluetooth headset. This bug is weird as YouTube, Doggcatcher and the Google Music and Movie app have none yet everything else does have a delay. Keyboard sound clicks, movies, and games have audio delay which really irks me.

Also the unresponsive screen after being fully charged is pretty annoying and although this uses a "universal" serial bus connection to charge, it's very picky on which usb charging devices will work in charging the N7.

It would've been nice if there was a setting or app to move the soft keys to the left or right side when in landscape mode or maybe my thumbs are just too small.

Despite its faults and horrible customer service, there is a lot I like about the N7. I think the dimensions are perfect as a GPS device, a book and magazine reader and playing games as I feel the iPad is too bulky to lug around. Google Chrome gives the best web browsing experience I've ever had on a mobile device (Safari is terrible!) and from what other android users say, it isn't even the best browser on Android!

My wife is happy we don't have to pay a home phone bill as we were able to transfer our home phone number to Google Voice. Integration with all the Google services I use has been great and is probably why I'll never use iOS once my iPhone contract is up. Widgets are awesome. No need to convert movies just drag and drop, and a little tinerking with the app, makes it the my favorite media consumption device.
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Um yeah, come to think of it, I will throw in my vote for lack of SD card too.
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Just SD Card. Loved the jab Amazon made at "8Gb is DOA".
No screen separation or other hardware problems here.
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i wish it had a sd card slot too. but drop box works fine for me
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No complaints from me... my N7 is my tablet of choice. Really just browse the web and read ebooks on it. Some youtube too.

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For me the N7 is perfect. Kinda. My only gripe like many others is the screen issue. I dropped and broke the screen on my first one. I thought it broke far too easily but I have to accept full responsibility. I do live in fear of the second one separating or cracking for no real reason like many others have had happen. I bought a 2 year Square Trade warranty that covers drops and spills just to cover me.

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Nothing that deserves a rant! Now and again I find my screen not as responsive and I have to switch the screen off and on. That's about it. USB otg replaces sdcards for me.
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The screen separation issue - the sd card would have been a great addition -

Other than that the tablet is just fine for me!!!!
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I really wish more of the apps would be updated to be able to be compatible with the device, like Gangstar Rio was on sale for.99 cents but our device isnt compatible,
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A few app incompatibilities (Tivo for Tablets crashes) and a sd card slot would have been nice though I don't miss it nearly as much as I thought I would. I find the power button a little hard to find at times too. These are very minor nit picks for what I view as a splendid product. Oh, and no screen separation here! This was my third tablet (Viewsonic gTablet and Nook Tablet) and the previous two aren't in the same ballpark as the N7, heck, their not even on the same planet! For Android based tablets, this is the bellwether device!
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A few app incompatibilities (Tivo for Tablets crashes) and a sd card slot would have been nice though I don't miss it nearly as much as I thought I would. I find the power button a little hard to find at times too. These are very minor nit picks for what I view as a splendid product. Oh, and no screen separation here! This was my third tablet (Viewsonic gTablet and Nook Tablet) and the previous two aren't in the same ballpark as the N7, heck, their not even on the same planet! For Android based tablets, this is the bellwether device!
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I really wish more of the apps would be updated to be able to be compatible with the device, like Gangstar Rio was on sale for.99 cents but our device isnt compatible,
Most apps that are claimed not to work, work just fine. Just side load the game and see if it works. I have done this with 4 apk's now, and only one of them has the stretched phone screen look. All the rest work perfectly.


But back on topic: SD Card, Flash Player option, and inductive charging (the HP Touchstone equivalent). These would have been nice.
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Most apps that are claimed not to work, work just fine. Just side load the game and see if it works. I have done this with 4 apk's now, and only one of them has the stretched phone screen look. All the rest work perfectly.


But back on topic: SD Card, Flash Player option, and inductive charging (the HP Touchstone equivalent). These would have been nice.
I'll try that!

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Most apps that are claimed not to work, work just fine. Just side load the game and see if it works. I have done this with 4 apk's now, and only one of them has the stretched phone screen look. All the rest work perfectly.


But back on topic: SD Card, Flash Player option, and inductive charging (the HP Touchstone equivalent). These would have been nice.

There are a few apps that I use daily on my S3 that don't work on my Nexus 7...namely Sirius Radio, and the CBS 1010 wins app...
Hope they get those working...
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It would've been nice if there was a setting or app to move the soft keys to the left or right side when in landscape mode or maybe my thumbs are just too small.
The central location of the soft keys annoyed me - I kept hitting "home" when I went for the space bar. I've rooted and used an app to set the dpi to 200 and this forces a tablet UI which puts the soft keys to the bottom left of the screen and the notification bar to the bottom right - much more useful for me.
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My only complaint is size of font on Amazon Appstore app. No way to increase it. I actually use the browser to look at Amazon so I can pinch zoom, but it's not as quick as the app. Most all other apps can have font size adjusted. So I guess this is more an Amazon gripe, not really the N7's fault (but a universal zoom button would be real nice).
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Love my Nexus 7, knew about the SD card before I bought mine so it isnt an issue, no doubt the developers will sort out the apps that are not working on this Kindle killer before too long
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The 8G storage and lack of an SD card slot would be my only complaint but not really an issue due to an OTG cable and the Nexus Media Importer app. Websites like Dropbox, Skydrive and Box work great too.
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The changes google just sent mail about on the wallet app are certainly likely to be the source of major rants. Mine is: How the heck do I cut up a virtual credit card?
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I haven't found anything to rant about...except that I'm apparently so uncoordinated that I keep turning it off instead of turning the volume up. I swear I'll figure it out someday!
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So far unsolved problem as mentioned in my own new topic.....

Redirect caching!!

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Inconveniently located power button and headphone jack, they both become a nuisance when your using a case that holds the 4 corners of the tablet.
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I take back what I said about the browsing experience on a nexus. Chrome cant even handle the college humor mobile site yet my two year old iphone 4 can. This is probably more on the OS than the hardware there are a lot of features that doesn't "just work" on the nexus 7 like it does on my iPhone. It feels that I have to scour the forums to find work arounds on almost everything I do on the N7. Really going to rethink keeping this tablet once the new ipad mini is announced.
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I suppose the pitiful speakers might be worth a small rant. Even my phone's tiny speakers sound better than my Nexus 7 which is drowned out by any background noise. A dead silent room or headphones are required to hear anything.
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I take back what I said about the browsing experience on a nexus. Chrome cant even handle the college humor mobile site yet my two year old iphone 4 can. This is probably more on the OS than the hardware there are a lot of features that doesn't "just work" on the nexus 7 like it does on my iPhone. It feels that I have to scour the forums to find work arounds on almost everything I do on the N7. Really going to rethink keeping this tablet once the new ipad mini is announced.
I take it you are coming from iOS and learning Android, is that correct? There is an adjustment period when one begins using a new OS after being used to a different one. I had an iPhone before I went to Android so I can understand how that works and feels. It's a bit confusing at first.

For me, once I got used to Android, I found it hard to go back to iOS because I loved the customization Android provided. I'm a programmer and a tech geek so I'm not a typical user. You may not enjoy the freedom and prefer having everything worked out for you. That's fine. I know a lot of people who share that philosophy and I respect it.

Maybe it's not for you. It's your cash, your device and your choice. I give you credit for trying it out!
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I just wish I could find a media player that plays m4v files. No screen separation for me. Other than that I am enjoying this more than my iPad.
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N7 is a great player.

nevermind, I saw mkv, that's not m4v

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nevermind, I saw mkv, that's not m4v
At the end of the day its no biggie. I just put my movies through Handbrake and keep them on file for use on the Nexus.
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bookmarks is cumbersome, nifty but cumbersome.

apps are geared for android phone so there needs to be app version for higher resolution.
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Not really any complaints here. I'll go with lack of sd slot too, since now I'm buying an otg cable and msd-usb adapter. More cost and trouble =(
I do have a slight screen detach problem tho. Not very noticeable but still slightly worrying.. I can sometimes hear it click when I'm pressing the left side of my screen firmly, mainly when playing pinball actually ;p

Oh and I had my first bug just now, moving icons wouldn't work anymore, no matter what I did, they just kept hovering above where I wanted to drop them. This happened to every icon I tried it on and I couldn't find any way to fix it, ended up rebooting. Made a screen capture which shows, t more clearly

http://db.tt/GTVopPv6

Weird right?

But yeah other then this rant, no rants at all xD

Oh wait! Like every so many hours of screen on time, for one split second a vertical line flashes over my screen. Just a few pixels wide.

That's it, really done now.
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I liked it, until it stopped working yesterday; screen unresponsive. Then I notice a crack through it. Never dropped and always in a protective cover. Bought it from PC World over the internet and going to take it back into a store tomorrow as they have a 21 day exchange / refund policy. Of course I expect the "you dropped it", "no I didn't" conversation............
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A decent rear facing camera and hdmi out would be on my wishlist but beyond that this has been my dream machine and for the price its unstoppable Imo. No sd no problem. 32 gb flash stick is actually better for me since I always lose my sd adapter. Lol...... Love it. Been rooted since day one and still running stock.... Very happy
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i understand everyone wanting an sd slot.

for me, i have a maxx. it has a slot and it carries all the media files i need, and on that battery i can play my media til the cows come home without charging...and it's small and portable.

i mean really, to me the n7 is a hot gadget that's a huge android phone without the phone
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There are a few apps that I use daily on my S3 that don't work on my Nexus 7...namely Sirius Radio, and the CBS 1010 wins app...
Hope they get those working...
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One other minor niggle. I wish the home screen would go landscape without the need for 3rd party solutions. It's a tablet, Google, not a phone!
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No complaints here... fast, screen is great.

The complaint about buttons interfering with the case is a case issue, not a N7 issue. There is a case that has the button area notched out. I would prefer the power button more separated from the volume, but not worth wasted a good rant over it.
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No complaints here... fast, screen is great.

The complaint about buttons interfering with the case is a case issue, not a N7 issue. There is a case that has the button area notched out. I would prefer the power button more separated from the volume, but not worth wasted a good rant over it.
Yea, really. The BUTTONS interfere with the case???? I suppose Asus and Google should have contacted the case manufacturers so they would know what to build?

That's so stupid its funny.

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The speakers are a bit weak, but better than my TF101, lack of an SD slot doesn't bother me so much now, I picked up a adapter for the microUSB and hook up a card reader there when I need it.

I'd like to see more real accessories for it.

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Yea, really. The BUTTONS interfere with the case???? I suppose Asus and Google should have contacted the case manufacturers so they would know what to build?

That's so stupid its funny.

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I take it you are coming from iOS and learning Android, is that correct? There is an adjustment period when one begins using a new OS after being used to a different one. I had an iPhone before I went to Android so I can understand how that works and feels. It's a bit confusing at first.

For me, once I got used to Android, I found it hard to go back to iOS because I loved the customization Android provided. I'm a programmer and a tech geek so I'm not a typical user. You may not enjoy the freedom and prefer having everything worked out for you. That's fine. I know a lot of people who share that philosophy and I respect it.

Maybe it's not for you. It's your cash, your device and your choice. I give you credit for trying it out!
I gave up my 2 year old iPod Touch for my first Android (N7) and it was love at first sight!!! Other than not waiting for the 32 gig and a few apps not available yet, I don't miss the Touch at all. I finally turned on the Touch after owning my N7 for 2 weeks just to see if there were any apps that I forgot to search for and it suddenly seemed incredibly small. I can't believe I paid $299 for it...it is in good shape so I'll just use it for music storage. Speaking of which, I do have a dock for it that goes with my home theater. I wonder if Sony will eventually make something to dock the Nexus?
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I doubt anyone will be making Nexus docks as no third party manufacturer will want to spend time and money tooling up to make a dock for something that may well change size/design in the next few months. Google ought to make a stand and settle on a hardware design for N4, N7 and N10 and guarantee that it won't change for two years to give an ecosystem a chance to start to grow.
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the only complaints i have is the lack of sd but i guess it doesnt really bother me too mush. i just like the idea of having one. the one thing that i cant stand is i cant seem to keep it out of my wifes hands!!!! drives me nuts when i want to use it!!! its my tablet not yours! lol. and the lack of a tablet ui kinda sux too.
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