Originally Posted by AMDATI
I think this bares mentioning, despite the OP having already made their purchase.
Right now, I wouldn't touch most tablets, especially those manufactured by ASUS. Despite the myriad of issues the Nexus 7 has with defects and bugs, there's one main reason above all else to not buy one: SLOW SSD SPEED.
The 'SSD' (if you could call it an SSD) on them have speeds lower than even traditional hard drive. I have a hard drive from 1999 that has faster read speeds. To be more specific, the SSD on the Nexus 7 gets around 26-ish MB/s maximum. The other stats of write speed, and random read or write, are even more abysmal. This is simply not enough for a smooth experience, your CPU/GPU will spend more time waiting on data than processing it. to some, 26-ish MB/s might even sound reasonable, but that's not SSD speeds, that's essentially like trying to run an entire desktop PC from an SD card. Since ARM tablets are significantly slower than even 3 year old PC's in general terms of processing power, they need every edge they can get in the storage speed department. SSD's need raw speed, not so much to transfer large amount of data quickly, but instead to transfer SMALL amounts of data rapidly. Access times mean nothing if you can only transfer a limited amount of data per second.
Really, you'd think they would have been better off designing very tiny 8, 16 or 32GB mechanical hard drives to go into the tablets instead...or even better, REAL SSD's. I'd be happy if it was even only 100MB/s.
this slow speed means that every time you open something around ~26MB in size, it's going to take a whole second just to get it into memory. now imagine a 1 or 2GB game, or video transfer. a game may not need to load that much all at once, but it won't be able to load new data as needed rapidly. this also really affects the useful longevity of the unit, especially to get a year after release, since the app environment is evolving and growing in size all the time. programs are bigger now than ever, and are only going to get even bigger as they include more functionality and take advantage of faster hardware.
If you want to use a tablet for the small basic things, like steaming video and e-books, the transfer rates wont effect things too much. but if you want to run good apps, play games, store large files and be secured for future app beefiness, the nexus 7 is horrible. of course once everythings in memory, you're good to go....but it's when a program needs to load more data, you'll do more waiting and get tremendous lag.
the nexus 7 price drop isn't just because of the 2nd gen being around the corner, it's also because the device isn't new enough anymore to justify its cost compared to its usable shelf life. for me personally, this is a deal breaker, even at its current price point.
Although I'd hate to suggest it, the Sero 7 pro is actually a better deal than the Nexus 7, since it has an SD card slot. with the Nexus 7 SD card storage speeds, you'd be just as fast transfer speed wise, but with the capability of more storage. The S7 only comes with a standard 8GB storage, but if everythings going to be as slow as an SD card on the nexus 7, then might as well be using an SD card to store everything on the S7, while leaving the onboard storage alone and dedicated for the android OS.
The only main difference of the Sero 7 vs the Nexus 7, is the 5 point touch screen on the S7 vs the 10 point one on the N7. But most people, if not all, will really never have a need for a 10 point touch screen. 5 points is more than adequate. There's also other differences here and there, but none really large enough to matter, and over all the S7 has more features than the N7.
this is exactly why they designed the nexus without an SD slot.....because they knew everyone could just buy the 8gb or 16gb version without bothering to fork over money for more storage. right now you can get a Sero 7 pro (Tegra 3 @ 1.30ghz) with 8GB of onboard and a 32GB SD card, for around the same price as a 16GB nexus 7 -- and some SD cards have twice the read speeds of the nexus 7's onboard storage....making a sero 7 that much faster when loading.