Originally Posted by salokin
That is 110% the reason why nobody talks about them on this forum. While the device itself seems nearly perfect from a hardware perspective, not having GApps and the Play Store is just too much of a disadvantage compared to the Nexus 7. Obviously there may be potential for rooting/flashing custom roms on it to remove that limitation, but at that point some people would just prefer to buy Google's device and never have to worry about updates.
But why would that stop enthusiasts? I mean it was a HUGE deal when HP tablets running the horrible WebOS operating system went on sale for $150 because you could root them. Now Amazon sells a tablet for $130 that runs an OS that actually functions properly and allows for the Google Play store to be installed and nobody is interested? Not to mention tablets with 2.5GHZ Quad Core Snapdragon processors and ridiculously high quality screens.
You mention enthusiasts not wanting to have to root devices, however we all go out of our way to build our PC's and install our own operating systems, we don't go out and buy pre-built systems for the simple convenience. I don't know about you, but I get an absolute thrill out of modifying technology whether it's software or hardware based.
By the way, Chromecast does work with the new Kindle devices All you need to do is install the 1Mobile app store, download the Chromecast application, set up your Chromecast and viola, works with Netflix and the YouTube app.
Don't get me wrong, I think Apple's iPad's are fabulous devices. I think they're sleek, they function well and their screens looks great. However the biggest disadvantages I see with iPad's are the 4:3 resolutions and of course the price point. Everything I watch or stream on a tablet is 16:9 and I enjoy widescreen displays much more in general. I also just don't see myself spending more than $400 on a tablet device at this time.Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 11/6/13 at 10:06pm