AP reviews Google Nexus 7 tablet: It’s no iPad; better than Kindle Fire, but lacks storage space

“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.”

Full review here.

21 Comments

    1. Unless you’re trading an iPad, anyone bartering for toilet paper with a tablet is actually getting a pretty good deal. I would think that unless the store you’re trading with is giving you something like 24 rolls or something, then you are actually coming out ahead. In this case, the store would definitely be taking a loss by trading you that much toilet paper for your tablet… as most tablets are only worth maybe 12-16 rolls at most!!

      😉

      1. Now there is a product for Microsoft after they fail at technology. “Microsoft” is a great name for Toilet Paper. It would be their first product with a decent name for what it is.

      2. Just bought toilet paper at my local Big Lots!
        Best. Store. Ever.
        They had eight rolls for 4.99 and 20% off. They said they would not take Nexus 7 in exchange for my toilet paper. Something about value or something.

  1. Roflmfao!

    “With a powerful processing chip and plentiful RAM memory, the type available for running programs, the Nexus 7 is fast and slick.”

    I wonder if it has a ‘vision screen’ for observing and a ‘volume toggle’ capable of adjusting audio?

  2. “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.”

    SJ nods his head in a “I told you so” fashion.

  3. “The iPad also has the best selection and quality of third-party software.”

    How about Android has NO tablet software AT ALL.

    It’s ZERO vs over 200 thousand.

    It’s not “best selection” vs “not quite as good” it’s HAS a selection vs NO SELECTION.

  4. “Magazines and full-page documents, for example, work great on the iPad screen, but are difficult to view on a 7-inch screen.”

    EXACTLY!!!!!!

    Now will all the stupid analysts claiming Apple is “working on” or “planning” an iPad mini please STFU!!!!!

  5. One other thing to remember with this Nexus 7: Google doesn’t make its money on hardware, it makes its money on search. The ONLY reason Google introduced ANY Nexus device (phone or tablet) is an attempt to get more devices which use Google search services into more consumer hands.

    All those Android feature phones don’t do much for Google making money on its search services.

    Since no manufacturers seem to be able to make money selling Android tablets, Google figured it had better release its own. It’s $199 because it has no cellular radio, little memory, small screen, and Google believes it can either break even (not likely) or lose money (likely) on each one because it will make money on search (only if it sells a mountainful of the things).

    Flop, flop, flop, THUD!

  6. Reading this article made me realize something. The iPad mini (or whatever it will be called) will run iPhone apps scaled up – not iPad apps scaled down.

    1. Exactly why I’ve been saying. The 7″ thing is a big iPod, not a small iPad. It can’t be an iPad — it’s too small for real tablet apps. That’s why that size works for google because phone apps look okay blown up that big. But you can’t do real work on a media device like that. Apple may release a larger iPod, but it won’t run iPad apps.

    2. IPod Touch Maxi. 128GB storage, 7″ screen, 3G connection. Runs iPhone (not iPad) apps.

      Now let’s see, which relative would I have to sell into slavery to get one of those?

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