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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by HotRoderX, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I know the Nexus 7 has been out for a few weeks now and you guys are mostly early adopters. Whats your thoughts on the tablet now? Was it worth the wait? Has it lived up to expectations or there things you don't like?

    We see tech sights like Tomshardware.com review stuff and most the time its after playing with it for a few days maybe a week max.

    Whats the pros, cons, just general opinions. Who know maybe this will even help someone looking for there first tablet decide.

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  2. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert

    100% yes.

    I'm selling my Asus Transformer now, as I havent used it once since getting the Nexus 7!

    I had to return my 1st Nexus because of screen separation, my second is much better but still not perfect.

    But I love this device, its the perfect size, weight and speed, movies look great, books read well, web sites are easy to use, the battery life is excellent. Really really good tablet.
  3. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    In 2 days I will have been N7 enabled for a month.
    It has been a frustrating month because of different faults on different units has lead to a fair bit of hassle getting one that is perfect.

    Other than that, it has exceeded my expectations. I am using it just as much after a month as I was in the first couple of days.
    Its replaced my laptop for all casual use and proved itself much more than just a toy.

    There are a few odd niggles but that's all they are, minor niggles.
    About the most serious issue is chrome being somewhat disappointing but that is easily replaceable.
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  4. jhsrennie

    jhsrennie Android Enthusiast

    Like CarsnGadgets my N7 has made my Transformer (almost) redundant. I will keep the Transformer, but only because reading comics really needs a 10" screen. For everything else I've now switched to the Nexus.
  5. Daz71

    Daz71 Newbie

    I'm very happy with the Nexus. This is my first tablet and it's drawn a lot of attention when showing it to friends and workmates. One person from work bought one after playing with mine as has one of my friends.

    The size of this device is spot on. I'm able to hold it securely and comfortably in one hand and it's light enough not to cause strain.

    As others have said, battery power is fantastic. With a widget to give me fast access to turn off GPS and WiFi when I'm not using them I think that this manual management helps a lot. The device can be used on and off for a couple of days without needing a charge.

    The niggles that I have are more related to apps rather than the device. It surprises me that certain apps I took for granted on iOS are not available or nothing like as good on Android.
  6. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    Just showed mine off to a woman at the bar who's an iOS user. She seemed really impressed! As am I. Haven't picked up my Prime in a while now. ;)
    Wasn't sure how much I'd use it since my Flyer is also a 7" tab and I barely touch it, but the N7 is such a joy to use due to JB, it's interface and speed (much like how the Prime is leaps above my old GT 10.1).
  7. dportal2006

    dportal2006 Android Enthusiast

    So far i would say it is a good device. I am happy to say i did not have any of the hardware problems other people experienced. The battery light is very good. It is very light and fast. Chrome is super laggy though but Dolphin browser is very fast. I am very satisfied.
  8. RichSz

    RichSz Not Entitled

    It's not perfect, nothing is, but I too am 100% satisfied with the Nexus 7. The honeymoon period is over for me but it has become my go-to device. The size is excellent and bugs are few. I can't complain (apart from the lack of an sd card).
  9. idic

    idic Well-Known Member

    Don't bother with this, it won't be saving you any appreciable battery power. GPS is only using power when the circle icon appears in the notification bar - otherwise no power is drawn, only when specifically requested by an app.

    WiFi is no battery hog. Whilst waiting for a return shipping label after replacement device had arrived my first N7 sat unused for 6 days powered up with the screen off, and still had 30% battery left, with Gmail etc. all syncing over WiFi. (In addition, WiFi is used fr location information while you're out and about, which saves turning on the GPS and gives you a better experience with apps like Google Now.)

    From my experience of 6 days and 70% battery used (without ANY screen activity) that's less than 0.5% per hour used. The screen is the biggest power hog on any device these days - this device has an excellent battery and it's just not worth fiddling about with toggles to eek out an extra half percent here and there - unless an extra few minutes of screen time is crucial...
  10. GeoUSA

    GeoUSA Android Enthusiast


    I use it more each day.
  11. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    I agree with this.

    I have had no hardware flaws, so my N7 has been in constant use since I got it.

    I have completely disregarded my HP Touchpad. The form factor of this 7" tablet is so much better for my purposes that the 10" tablet just doesn't get touched. I will be selling it.

    This tablet actually accompanies me to work as well, something I rarely did with the Touchpad. With the excellent USB OTG functionality and the small size, it's been extremely useful for network and system troubleshooting without dragging my laptop around.

    I'm looking forward to traveling with it as well. It's big enough that I'll watch movies on the plane but not large enough to make carrying it cumbersome.

    I'd say it has exceeded my expectations in nearly every way. I am frustrated by the lack of 5 GHz Wifi, because I run a 5 GHz network at home and would have used it for troubleshooting on the 5 GHz network at work. I also sincerely wish there was a MHL/HDMI output. However, while those are my two biggest gripes - they are actually only a problem a tiny minority of the time. I am extremely pleased with the N7.
  12. DC IT

    DC IT Member

    No wait for me I was lucky to find one in a Staples store.
    In the last 2 weeks the N7 has been flawless and a joy to use.
    I still have my Playbook and since both are inexpensive I'll keep them as the PB has HDMI and a rear cam.
    I will get the Microsoft Windows 8 Surface when it comes out to see how it performs compared to the PB and N7.

    Google did a smart thing selling the N7 for $199~249.00 making it very affordable.
    The N7 should be a tremendous success since it meets all the criteria: Affordability/Mobility/Quality/Performance.
    I won't leave home without it and my Galaxy Note LTE!

    IMO, any tablet costing more than $500 will be a tough sell since I can get a Laptop with full features and 500GB/4GB Ram and Intel i5 CPU for not much more!
  13. I preordered the 16 gig Nexus 7 right after Google I/O, sold my Kindle Fire to help pay for it and keep the wife happy, and it came a couple weeks later.

    It's a fantastic little tablet. I've been using an iPad 2 for about a year and a half, and it's still the best tablet in my opinion, but the N7 is a strong contender. It's become my go-to tablet for picking up and doing stuff. I carry it around the house, and to work, because it's so light and quick to use.

    Somehow the iPad feels slow and clunky by comparison, although iOS is still a top notch system with a smooth, slick UI. I would say Jelly Bean 4.1.1 has 99% caught up with iOS, and is ahead in some ways.

    I have had no technical problems with the N7 so far. A couple of times, things froze or behaved weirdly, and I powered it off and on again. But other than that, it just goes and goes without crashing, which is an impressive achievement.

    I like the fact that the OS matches my Galaxy Nexus; it's the exact same look and feel, same apps and so forth. The single difference is the soft keyboard which on the tablet lacks the long-press number keys along the QWERTY row, for some strange reason; maybe it's a hidden setting I missed?

    My one complaint is that the latest Chrome browser for N7 disables Flash, and Adobe for their part won't distribute Flash for JB 4.1. All the talk about Flash being dead is wonderful, but there's still a lot of Flash websites out there and I want my damn Flash! Luckily I found another browser, xScope, and I side-loaded Flash from somewhere, so can watch Amazon Prime videos again.

    Unlike the Fire, the Nexus 7 is a fully mainstream Android device that runs almost every app (I did find a few of my apps force closed on the N7, also on my JB 4.1.1 phone, until the app makers updated them to Jelly Bean).

    The Nexus 7 comes with GPS and a compass, and it's awesome for navigating. It's a nice sharp screen for reading books, although I prefer the larger iPad when I don't have to hold the tablet in my hands, for example when it's resting on the exercise machine.

    The long and short of it is, I'm quite happy, it is a big upgrade over the Kindle Fire, and it holds its own against the iPad 2. The price is quite competitive and I wonder if they're losing money, like Amazon with its Fire.

    Oh, and it came with a $25 credit on the app store. That lasts a long time if you're buying $0.99 and $1.99 apps and videos. I bought several great games and I still have about $17 left. So deduct that from the cost of ownership. $175 with free shipping, folks. Don't hesitate; get one.
  14. nynvolt

    nynvolt Android Enthusiast

    I didn't know about it until I started researching a tf300. So I didn't have the joy o anticipation while waiting. I did have to do so driving and calling around to find it though. I like it, A LOT!
  15. slowhat

    slowhat Member

    i like the nexus 7 so much, i'm waiting on my 3rd one to arrive this afternoon. hopefully no screen separation on this one.

    i've got a touch of stockholm syndrome
  16. stridermt2k

    stridermt2k Android Enthusiast

    Still happy with my Nexus 7.

    I almost sent back a 10.1 inch Tegra 3 tablet to use the Nexus 7 exclusively, but found that 7s and 10s really do have their own areas where they shine individually.

    I take the Nexus 7 with me daily, but use my Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 at home for gaming and media since it has a larger screen, external storage and an HDMI port.

    I wish more of my games could be synced between devices or my Nexus 7 would be used even more!
  17. drunkenmax

    drunkenmax Member

    I like my Nexus 7 but I wont be saying goodbye to my iPad just yet. Certainly in the UK, iTunes is the only decent source of downloadable TV and movies of any worth. I travel a lot and the available content means I take my ipad, not my Nexus. If google sort their act out then I'd probably use my ipad less and less though ultimately, I'm not sure whether I'd still miss the larger format. Other issues of course include not being able to out put via HDMI, something we do on holiday all the time. Still, the nexus is getting plenty of use at the moment.
  18. Claghorn

    Claghorn Android Enthusiast

    I thought I got mine for doing tablet app development, but I've been spending so much time playing with it, development hasn't gotten too far yet :). I most often use it as a book reader which became an even better after I figured out how to remove DRM from google and amazon books I bought (which is legal in the US I might add before anyone pounces on me). Then I could use FBReader and Moon+Reader instead of the really mediocre Google Play Books app. I've been trying to decide which one I like best, and I think FBReader is coming out on top since it directly supports mobi and Moon+ does not.
  19. I really like FBReader, too. But, the availability of in-copyright works on Kindle Store means that I tend to use the Kindle Reader, which is a competent app.
  20. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Sounds overall people are really please and in fact in most cases have decided to replace a device with the nexus.
  21. stridermt2k

    stridermt2k Android Enthusiast

    I moved to tablets from laptop/netbooks two years ago! :D
  22. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    Wow, lot of great comments here. I've had mine for a few weeks and love it. Could it be better, sure, anything could. But what you get for the price really can't be beat.
  23. Jay Aristide

    Jay Aristide Well-Known Member

    I got rid of my GTab 10.1 for my n7 and couldn't be happier :) Haven't touched a PC in months other than to reposition the occasional timeline picture on Facebook ;-) ...That's something you simply cannot do on touch devices, even with a mouse...
  24. Halcyon

    Halcyon Well-Known Member

    I love mine! I find that I use it a ton just sitting around the house. My phone (G-Nex) takes second fiddle when I have my N7 in hand. Love it to death. Now if they finally get HBO togo and a good Amazon app I will be in heaven!
  25. LeoG61

    LeoG61 Newbie

    I've had my N7 for a few days and absolutely love it! I also have an iPad 3 that I'm contemplating selling, just don't need 2 tabs and my only hold up is the several iOS movies I have that will only play on iOS devices, but everything else that I use the iPad for can be done better, in my opinion, on the Nexus 7. I could buy a second N7 and still be money ahead on what the iPad 3 costs. The size of the N7 is great, weight is perfect and the free Transformers movie looks very nice on it. I would really like to find a reliable way to dock it in my car to use as GPS/media device while tethered through my RAZR Maxx.
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