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I'd like HDMI out for Netflix and the like. Maybe play the emus on tv or something for kicks. Would be better than buying a laptop or keeping my PC hooked to the tv for that purpose. My biggest problem is that if I were to get, say, a Toshiba Excite t270 (I think?), I'm spending a lot more and I'm not sure if I want to put that much into a tablet. Maybe I'll wait and see what comes out. If the Tab 2 had HDMI out, I'd probably get it.

Was also thinking of maybe getting a keyboard dock in the future and using that to type with if I needed to take notes and what not.

This is the Toshiba, right?

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Excite-AT275T16-7-7-Inch-Tablet/dp/B0085H652W

Yep, that's the Toshiba.

You can get a number of name-brand Tegra 3 tablets in the $200 range, unfortunately, as you've discovered, they won't give you everything you want. Right now, it seems a choice between a 1280x800 display (Nexus 7) vs microSD (Galaxy Tab 2, Acer A110, etc). You'd have to step up the price range to the Toshiba AT275 to get all those features. The question is are you willing to spend that much. Given the way Google is heading, I don't see any of the Nexus devices having expansion slots anymore. However, sometime this year, I expect 1280x800 displays will become a standard feature in the $200-250 range.

For $315, the Toshiba Excite 7.7 AT275 will give you what you want now. No doubt a few months down the road, though, you'll see similar specs on less expensive tablets. Really up to you whether you're willing to compromise (Nexus 7, Tab 2), spend the extra money (AT275) or wait for new tablets to be released.
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Isn't an updated Nexus 7 w/ a 1080p display and improved hardware coming soon at the same price point?
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Still won't have HDMI out or a Micro SD slot so what does that matter? It will have a higher res screen but still hobbled.


Oh and BTW, the AT275 has a sim card slot for data plans. The AT270 is without. They are otherwise identical except the AT275 weighs a few grams more.

Also the Toshiba weighs less than the Nexus 7 and has better battery life (on top of a vastly superior screen and all of the other extra's).
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Still won't have HDMI out or a Micro SD slot so what does that matter? It will have a higher res screen but still hobbled.


Oh and BTW, the AT275 has a sim card slot for data plans. The AT270 is without. They are otherwise identical except the AT275 weighs a few grams more.

Also the Toshiba weighs less than the Nexus 7 and has better battery life (on top of a vastly superior screen and all of the other extra's).
It's better value for money, if a Nexus 7 is being considered.
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So a 7" tablet with no HDMI, no DLNA and no Micro SD slot but with 1920x1080 resolution is better than a 7.7" tablet with 1280x800 resolution, a much better screen and every feature in the book for about $50 more?

Don't get me wrong, I have a Nexus in the house but it in no way compares to the Toshiba AT270. Sure it's cheaper but that is all it has going for it.

Nexus releasing a higher res version of their tablet for roughly the same price but with otherwise a similar feature set does not make it a better tablet.

I had a chance to look at the 7" Nook HD (which has a 1440x900 resolution in a 7" form factor) and saw it displayed side by side with a Nexus 7 (running at 1280 by 800). For giggles I ran a few similar apps in the store (airport electronics store) and could see no difference in the resolution between them. The Nook did have better color and contrast but that has nothing to do with the resolution. I get that 10" tablets benefit from higher display resolutions but on the tiny 7" screen, there is not much difference. Heck I put my Samsung Tab 2 beside the Nexus 7 and for all intents and purposes they look the same for video and reading (except the Samsung has better color and contrast due to its PLS TFT screen) and the Samsung is lower resolution than the Nexus.

Until you get hands on with the Toshiba Super AMOLED+ screen, you cannot make a fair comparsion. I owned one for several months and only it's price was a deterrent when released. Now that it is just north of $300 (and the Nexus weighs in at $270 with a fixed amount of storage), there is no good reason to go with the Nexus. Adding a higher res display will not change that.
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So a 7" tablet with no HDMI, no DLNA and no Micro SD slot but with 1920x1080 resolution is better than a 7.7" tablet with 1280x800 resolution, a much better screen and every feature in the book for about $50 more?

Don't get me wrong, I have a Nexus in the house but it in no way compares to the Toshiba AT270. Sure it's cheaper but that is all it has going for it.

Nexus releasing a higher res version of their tablet for roughly the same price but with otherwise a similar feature set does not make it a better tablet.

I had a chance to look at the 7" Nook HD (which has a 1440x900 resolution in a 7" form factor) and saw it displayed side by side with a Nexus 7 (running at 1280 by 800). For giggles I ran a few similar apps in the store (airport electronics store) and could see no difference in the resolution between them. The Nook did have better color and contrast but that has nothing to do with the resolution. I get that 10" tablets benefit from higher display resolutions but on the tiny 7" screen, there is not much difference. Heck I put my Samsung Tab 2 beside the Nexus 7 and for all intents and purposes they look the same for video and reading (except the Samsung has better color and contrast due to its PLS TFT screen) and the Samsung is lower resolution than the Nexus.

Until you get hands on with the Toshiba Super AMOLED+ screen, you cannot make a fair comparsion. I owned one for several months and only it's price was a deterrent when released. Now that it is just north of $300 (and the Nexus weighs in at $270 with a fixed amount of storage), there is no good reason to go with the Nexus. Adding a higher res display will not change that.
No no, I was just saying if the Nexus 7 is being considered (i.e., the person decides they want it) that they should perhaps wait for the improved version. I wasn't comparing it to the other tablet you're talking about. I might add though -- the Nexus 7's display may be improved with the new version, and hardware may also be much better. It's possible they include an SD card slot too, perhaps not though.

The difference between 242 PPI (Nook HD) and 215 PPI (N7) isn't huge. It really depends on how far you hold it to your face, and how good your eyesight is. At 314 PPI though, it would be much more noticeable.
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Ah sorry, I misinterpreted your point. I agree that if someone is planning on getting a Nexus then waiting for the newer version is the better option.
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No no, I was just saying if the Nexus 7 is being considered (i.e., the person decides they want it) that they should perhaps wait for the improved version. I wasn't comparing it to the other tablet you're talking about. I might add though -- the Nexus 7's display may be improved with the new version, and hardware may also be much better. It's possible they include an SD card slot too, perhaps not though.

If waiting, there are bound to be plenty of choices that'll eventually be released in the $200-250 range. Aren't we due for the Galaxy Tab 3 refresh soon? For someone for whom a microSD expansion slot is a must, I reckon that'll be better than a new Nexus despite a likely slower CPU. Waiting is always an option. If you wait, you can get better tech for lower prices. Just a matter of whether you're willing to wait and how long. New tech always comes out so at one point you'd have to buy something or you'll be waiting forever.

It's highly unlikely that the new Nexus will include an SD slot. Quite possible that we'll see a storage bump, though.
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What is everyone using these tablets for?

We have a Kindle Fire and it makes a great toy for my 3 yr old with all the games and what not. Every once in a while I'll use it to watch youtube. Generally I will just use my 4.7" 720p phone, the laptop, my desktop, or my tvs/bd players smart functions. I just haven't found a real good reason to own one of these, are they really niche products?
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What is everyone using these tablets for?

We have a Kindle Fire and it makes a great toy for my 3 yr old with all the games and what not. Every once in a while I'll use it to watch youtube. Generally I will just use my 4.7" 720p phone, the laptop, my desktop, or my tvs/bd players smart functions. I just haven't found a real good reason to own one of these, are they really niche products?

For me, mostly comics. Then again, I was already on the hunt for a tablet for comic reading even before the original iPad was announced (was looking mostly at Windows-based tablets back then). My 7" tabs are pretty single-function (again, comic-reading). In a pinch, I'd use the 7-inchers for web browsing but I generally prefer using the 10" iPad or Transformer. Tablets are more convenient for when you're in bed or something. I've dropped my laptops so many times because I fell asleep while using them. A tablet is far less delicate. tongue.gif

My mom uses her iPad for casual games (e.g. Bejeweled), Facebook, checking email and online banking - basically things that don't require a lot of typing.
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Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
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Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
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Rosewill R101-P-BK 
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