“The Nexus 7 costs $199, the same that Amazon and Barnes & Noble charge for their tablets. But it’s better than theirs in significant ways, as it became clear to me after a couple of days of use,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press. “Google announced the tablet last week and is taking pre-orders for delivery in mid-July.”
“With a powerful processing chip and plentiful RAM memory, the type available for running programs, the Nexus 7 is fast and slick. You can switch directly from application to application, something that isn’t possible with the Fire or Nook. They both force you to exit an application and go to the main menu before jumping into another one,” Svensson reports. “The chief issue buyers will likely bump into with the Nexus 7 is a lack of storage space. The $199 model has just 8 gigabytes of storage, and a quarter of that is overhead. It has just 5.9 gigabytes actually available. With downloads of a few applications, some songs and one movie, more than half was gone.”
Svensson reports, “The size of the screen is going to frustrate some buyers — the ones who really wanted an iPad. The Nexus 7’s screen is a nice step from a smartphone screen, but the iPad is a really big step up. Magazines and full-page documents, for example, work great on the iPad screen, but are difficult to view on a 7-inch screen. The iPad also has the best selection and quality of third-party software.”
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