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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by zoxxo, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. zoxxo

    zoxxo Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Money's tight these days, but the lure of the N7 is great. I plan on selling off a few gadgets to fund the purchase. But I'd like your feedback on which version to get.

    If you made the purchase, did you get the 8 or 16GB version? If you got the 8GB version, do you find your experiece constrained by the amount of memory in the device, or is it working just fine for you? If you picked up the 16GB version, how's the memory working out for you--is it overkill or not enough?

    Any thoughts you can share would be most helpful!


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  2. Turbojoe

    Turbojoe Well-Known Member

    I got the 16gb version. $50.00 for an extra 8gb is robbery but I went for it anyway. You can't add memory later so I'd get it now if you think you may need it. I won't be loading a bunch of DVD rips or huge files so I don't see myself wishing for any more memory in the near future. I probably would have been OK with 8gb. I'm absolutely amazed at what this tablet provides at this price point. I have zero regrets making the purchase.

  3. jhsrennie

    jhsrennie Android Enthusiast

    I bought the 8GB because I mostly use the N7 for reading books and these don't take much space. My N7 currently has 5.5GB free.

    I keep all my media on a server and only copy over stuff when I need it. I think the only reason to worry about the space is if you want to use the N7 for watching films when away from home. Even then you'd get three films on it at 720p and a reasonable bit rate.
  4. Turbojoe

    Turbojoe Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind Netflix runs flawlessly on the N7 if you want movies. No HULU though. :( You also get 5gb storage free on Google Drive and you can also use DropBox for large file storage.

  5. johncf

    johncf Well-Known Member

    Hello, i have just bought the 16GB version, and as turbojoe states, its robbery just for that little extra storage.

    i knew though that i would be at least putting all my music on there so went for the larger option.

    what i have also done though is, rooted it, got an otg cable
  6. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    This is pretty much me. I found out Nandroid backups take up way too much room, but I can offload them to my PC to save space.
    I rarely store any media on my devices and stream pretty much everything (Rhapsody for music, Netflix for movies). Also, I already have a couple tablets so I didn't want to splurge for another $50, but I would recommend it to anyone else.
  7. AntimonyER


    I got the 16GB, but only because they don't have 8GB in stores.
  8. nynvolt

    nynvolt Android Enthusiast

    I bought they 8gb version because that's the deal. I was undecided but damn, $200 makes this quite the deal, $250, not so much. I suppose had there only been the 16gb model, it would still be ok at $250 but a tf300 is not that much more and you get some added features.

    I've got quite a few games now, since I received a $25 gift and I still have more than 4gb left. Putting music on this I could easily fill it but why would I? My phone sounds better and is far more portable. Also since the camera is rather crappy, I don't see my self filling it up with grainy pics.

    Of course, more is always better but I don't regret getting the 8gb version at all....yet
  9. bjtcars

    bjtcars Well-Known Member

    I got the 16 gb but could easily have been just as happy with the 8gb. As of now I have almost 11gb free. If money isn't too much of an issue then get the 16 cause I'd rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it.
  10. stridermt2k

    stridermt2k Android Enthusiast

    For the price I thought I'd be crazy NOT to get the 16GB version.
  11. blahblahyoutoo

    blahblahyoutoo Well-Known Member

    it's hard to justify $50 for 8gb of NAND but what choice did we have with no sdcard slot.
    i have my music in the cloud (took forever to upload with my 768kbps up) and am rooted with stickmount.

    keep in mind, one HD movie will consume typically 3-8gb of space depending on length and how you encode.
    the OS and included apps use up 2-3gb off the bat.
  12. MSUgEEk

    MSUgEEk Android Expert

    Got the 16 for the extra storage. Probably would've been ok with 8, but being an entertainment device for movies, music, magazines, books.... I thought that extra 8 wouldn't hurt, especially with no cellular connection.
  13. What do you mean no Hulu? I am watching Hulu+ right now on my N7.
  14. Turbojoe

    Turbojoe Well-Known Member

    You're right. I should have been more specific. No free Hulu because Flash is not supported on Jelly Bean. I know there are some workarounds out there but I haven't gotten around to trying them. I may end up dropping Netflix and going with Hulu+. Can't afford to have both right now.

  15. zoxxo

    zoxxo Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Thanks to everyone that has replied! Sounds like the 16GB is the way to go. Now I just have to sell my soul...er...blood...er...stuff to get it... :D
  16. pastafarian

    pastafarian Pâtes avec votre foie

    If you buy the 16 and only needed 8? You wasted $50. If you buy the 8 and need 16?you wasted $200. I have a 16.
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  17. zoxxo

    zoxxo Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    So your saying that you wasted $200? :D

    I'm going with what bjtcars said. I would rather be prepared with the extra space than crying later on because I didn't have enough space...
  18. MartinS

    MartinS Android Expert

    I have the 16GB mainly because I like a few films to choose from when travelling. I don't have as much time as I did a while back so have stopped rooting and mucking about with my devices so it rules out some other mass storage options for me.

    My advice is go with what you need. If you need 16GB then save for a few more weeks rather than feeling remorse if the 8GB is not enough for you.
  19. burtonvdp

    burtonvdp Android Enthusiast

    3 games, 2 email accounts, and lots of streaming... Still have a good amount of room. and I have an 8 gig model. I use it mainly for internet, Currents, gaming, and some work sprinkled in....
  20. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    I went for the 16GB, works out around 12GB usable.

    I've installed a few games and apps and have around 7GB left, but I've not installed any large games yet.
  21. AntimonyER


    I LOVE this answer.
  22. redlari72

    redlari72 Newbie

    I got the 16 GB version, because it's just personal pref, when it comes to gadgets I like to have more memory. I feel they run better and also I like to add films to my phones and the Nexus. Also the 16GB is only about $50 more, so I thought, why not, spend a little more, get more.
  23. perfectstranger

    perfectstranger Well-Known Member

    I have the 8GB model. Wish I had the 16GB. Just pony-up for it.
  24. Jay Aristide

    Jay Aristide Well-Known Member

    I bought the 8gb version because the 16gb was backordered at the time and I'm not the patient type.. Have been able to deal with the limited space, though. I definitely wouldn't say I've wasted $200, as when I get my 16gb, I'll be passing this 8gb (already rooted and extremely pimped out) down to my brother as payment for a lot of work he's done for the family.. My son is also looking to sell his GTab 2 7.0 to pick up an 8gb n7..
  25. dautley

    dautley Android Expert

    8GB might not be bad it it has a SD slot. if you root and make a NAND it might go quicker than you think though. I'm mainly using mine for books, music, and games and very glad I went with the 16GB version.

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