Originally Posted by ACHILEE5
If you can, pull it out the box at the shop
Because if it isn't perfect, then they can change it
One other thing I do like about the Nexus 7 is the fact that you can pull it completely apart if it ever needs fixing!
Like if it needs a new battery, or even the screen needed replacing
And the fact that the Nexus has basically all the sensors a tablet would ever need, GPS, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope...........
And OK it might not have a SD slot, but who really needs their whole movie collection on their tablet
And IMO it's more about the sensors and CPU, than storage solutions
Oh, and get the Mrs to try Where's My Water? Free
. It's a very cool game for a tablet. And it'll keep her quiet for hours
And if you do get an OTG cable
, grab the Nexus Media Importer
as it allows you to connect a USB HDD via the OTG Micro USB to USB cable without having to root the tab
And above all, give it back to her because it's not yours
You make some valid points regarding the Nexus.
I'll add to that.
A lack of a Micro SD slot is actually a big deal. My video library is several terabytes... When I travel for work or pleasure (both are frequent), I like to watch video on my tablet. Having a laptop along to swap files out would be problematic. The OTG cable and root free app are fine but I tried one and having a dongle hang off the bottom of a tablet is a fairly big nuisance. Plus it means not forgetting it when travelling. Google intentionally left a micro SD slot out so that it would force owners to use their cloud environment. This is of course very impractical for large video files.
Second although less important is video output. The Nexus does not have HDMI out nor does it have DLNA streaming support (or MHL support for that matter). One of the things that makes the IPad so popular is how easy it is to connect to a tv via HDMI adapter or transfer video wirelessly through Apple TV.
Want to go to a friend or relative's house and bring a few movies or a tv series along? What better way than with an ultra portable tablet (I do this every time I visit my father). Not sure why Google nixed this feature, perhaps it was to reduce cost on the unit. DLNA support is also great if you have a tv that supports it. The Samsung Tab 2 is really neat to use with the appropriate tv (this again assumes your tv has the feature in question).
Also when you add the multitude of online video provision services (Amazon TV, Hulu and of course Netflix), an output enabled tablet becomes an even bigger asset. If you don't have a tv with wireless support or a device attached that provides a similar feature, a tablet can be really handy.
One of my favorite tricks when travelling is to carry an hdmi cable with me and connect my tablet to a tv in a hotel room (as wireless support in hotel tv's is rare or disabled). Use the hotel wi-fi and watch Netflix movies in the room at no cost
The main way I see tablets going from function specific devices (and 7" tablets are the direct descendants of ereading devices) is if they become the swiss army knife of gadgets. Read, watch video, play games, stream video etc. The more functions you can have within a specific device, the wider a market it will appeal to.
The Nexus is a decent tablet without a doubt but it frankly has a sub par screen and lacks the two key features that I think would have made it an unbeatable device.
Here is a quiz for you? If Google had added HDMI out (or some form of video streaming) and a Micro SD slot, would you have paid an extra $30 or $40 for the device? I know I would have.
I bought the Toshiba Excite AT270, which is hands down the best sub 10" Android tablet available. The Super AMOLED+ screen, Micro SD slot, HDMI out via dock and insane battery and weight made it the king of small tablets. Toshiba forgot to make it competatively priced... (Mind you the Super AMOLED+ screen drove the cost way up. Samsung's 7.7 with the same screen was $600 when it came out).