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Topic # 129437 16-Sep-2013 09:22
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Hello,
Has anyone bought the new Nexus 7? If so what are your thoughts on it and how does it compare to the competition?

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  Reply # 896224 16-Sep-2013 10:34
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I had one for a few days. I bought it at launch and used it.

Hmm, i really liked it. It was nice and easy to hold. The build quality was really good. The screen was excellent. The speed of the device was good. The software was always good (its nexus, come on). The speakers were awesome (stereo sounds).

The battery life was decent (not iPad like, but one of the top in Android tablets - at 7 inches).

hmm, besides that, i did not end up keeping it. I wanted to load lots of videos and other stuff on it and the 16gb version I had bought just did not cut it for me. I prefered my Note 8.0 since that had expandable storage.

On phones, I dont see the merit of expandable storage, but on tablets, i prefer expandable storage, hence i stuck with the note 8 instead of the nexus



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  Reply # 896226 16-Sep-2013 10:44
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Yes i am keeping in mind that the Nexus has no expandable storage but am leaning towards the Nexus 32gb model. My other thoughts were the Samsung Galaxy Tab but every review i read the Nexus tab beats it hands down.




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  Reply # 896231 16-Sep-2013 10:49
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I agree that the Nexus tabs beat the Samsung Tabs in every way. Samsung Note 8 and the Note 10.1 (2013 edition) are different beasts compared to the Samsung Tab 7, 8 and 10. I use the Samsung Note 8

The Nexus 32gb would be good, there is no doubt that it is a better tablet than the samsung ones in general. But my use of the tablet was a different - I needed lots more storage so thats what was most important to me. Also I do use the Pen feature quite a bit for note taking.

But if you are in the market for a 7 inch tablet, just get the Nexus 7, there are no other comparisons at all. You will not regret it. It is a great device. Feels high end and all.



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  Reply # 896237 16-Sep-2013 10:55
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My use of it would be some apps, little bit of music, read the online news sites, Facebook, send/check emails etc. The odd movie for the kids if we're going away somewhere but that's about it. I like portability of the 7inch, even the 8inch Tab or Note.
I did look at the Note but i have no use of the pen. Then i looked at the Tab3 8inch but the specs didn't favour to well against the Nexus.




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  Reply # 896241 16-Sep-2013 10:59
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yup, for your use, the 32gb nexus 7 does fit the bill. for me, i would have switched to nexus 7 if only they have expandable storage. that kinda trumped the great screen and speakers for me.

I totally understand that on a phone, you dont really need more than 32gb (i have a HTC One 32gb and have filled up about 24gb of that space). but on a tablet, with the use I have for the device, I need more storage.

In fact I am actually looking to get a 10 inch tablet that has expandable storage to replace my Note 8 very soon.



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  Reply # 896243 16-Sep-2013 11:03
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Cool, thank you for your help there.




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  Reply # 896335 16-Sep-2013 12:53
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I totally understand that on a phone, you dont really need more than 32gb (i have a HTC One 32gb and have filled up about 24gb of that space). but on a tablet, with the use I have for the device, I need more storage.

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interestingly I do need the space on the phone and won't buy others that don't have expandable memory, each to their own i suppose but don't understand why manufacturers don't have expandable memory, especially here in NZ where mobile data is expensive.

I shift my SD card to tablet as required and visa versa




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  Reply # 896338 16-Sep-2013 13:04
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This is probably where i am in two minds - get the 32gb Nexus 7 because it sounds to be a primo tablet (but no expandable memory) or get a lesser spec tablet ie Galaxy Tab3 with expandable memory as cover for more space.




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  Reply # 896341 16-Sep-2013 13:17
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if you dont have the need for extra memory, then go with the nexus 32gb. it is enough for a couple of movies and some music as well. and i think for most users this would be enough.

otherwise, hmm...i think the note 8.0 is a better specced tablet that the tab3...

as i mentioned earlier, i am planning to move from my note 8 to a 10 inch tablet and i will definitely need more space on this tablet since it will be more media consumption. in that scenario, i would be happy with a nexus 7 since i wouldnt need it for movies etc and only for other tasks.

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  Reply # 896362 16-Sep-2013 14:11
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Bought a 32gb nexus when they came out - have not had a tablet before (but have used iPads)

I really like it, use it daily for my usual browsing (reddit, social media, news etc) and for watching Youtube and Twitch. Did a bit of gaming on it but I cannot handle touch screen controls for non 2d games (love super hexagon and 10,000,000 though).

Was also my first android device, love the integration (I am google everything as far as data and services).

Screen is fantastic, I get a day of decent use plus (battery normally 30%) with wife using it during the day and me when I get home.

Would like a bigger one for watching some media while working out, but 7" is fine for lap/in bed.


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  Reply # 904445 29-Sep-2013 11:48
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Has anyone purchased the 4G version? I'm not interested in the wifi only version. And where to purchase from?
I see them in NZ for $540 here
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/notebooks/componentview.asp?partid=20430

But can't find them on Amazon?
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  Reply # 904453 29-Sep-2013 12:20
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EDIT: Ah no it's not it... it's the non cellular version.



EDIT2: $350 from the play store:  

http://www.google.com/nexus/7/


This is it isn't it?

http://www.amazon.com/Google-Nexus-Tablet-7-Inch-Black/dp/B00DVFLJKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380410283&sr=8-1&keywords=nexus+lte

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  Reply # 904456 29-Sep-2013 12:34
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How do you purchase hardware from the play store? It asks you to pick a mobile network. Then says that you can't purchase hardware from this country anyway?

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  Reply # 904490 29-Sep-2013 14:21
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Sorry, that's 350usd. I thought you were thinking of using youshop or something. I don't think you can purchase devices from the play from nz without a vpn and some sort of 3rd party shipping service

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  Reply # 905463 1-Oct-2013 03:16
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I brought the 32GB wi-fi model from pbtech when they had their sale a week or two ago, total of $431.00.  It was only a saving of $9.00 but I wanted the tablet anyway so it's all good.

I was considering going for the more expensive LTE version, but coverage isn't so great in my area or at work so I decided to just tether the tablet to my Samsung mobile when I am away from wi-fi coverage at home or friends etc and that is working just fine.

Overall, I'm really happy with the tablet. it's a beast compared to other tablets I've used.  speed, sound, build quality and most of all the screen resolution.

I've copied some media to my tablet of various formats and VLC player played them all without so much as blinking an eye.

I've also installed XBMC onto the device and then connected to my NAS which also runs a central sql database for my xbmc installs around the house, and am able to stream movies within my wi-fi coverage at home with no effort at all.

When it comes to being out and about, I do have the option of streaming directly from my dlink NAS which has a cloud service, but I'd only consider doing that via wi-fi due to the cost of mobile data.

Would I buy it again?  most definitely!



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