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A Nexus 7 Tablet arrived yesterday. I've had it for 24 hours and I am very impressed.
I'm an Apple guy. I have Android devices I use for testing, but my personal computing is all Apple. After using the device for about 4 hours over the past 24, I could see this replacing my iPad.
What I like so far:
- It's fast - my other Android devices, 2 phone and a Kindle Fire, have an annoying lag about them.
- Google integration - I have a google apps account for business and gmail account for personal email. They apps work beautifully, as they do on my other devices.
- Size and Weight. You cannot quickly thumb type on the iPad, it's too big. I can thumb type on this the Nexus. It's nice and light - reminds me of my kindle. If it falls on my face at night as a doze off, I will not get hurt. There is a story there that I will nto get into right now.
- Android OS - I've had an Android device since early on and the OS was never quite right - too techie. Not any more... much better implementation.
I have a few iPad apps that I could not live without. While this may not be the single solution for me, I could see myself recommending this device to lots of people.
While there are lots of rumors about an iPad mini, it doesn't seem the Apple way to sell something like this for $199.
Thinking about buying one and have some questions, give me a shout.
I got hands on with one for the first time yesterday at an Office Depot. Very nice indeed. I really like the 7 inch form factor as it's easier to handle than the big iPad. I found it to have a lot of glare off the screen. I wonder if that was not just the fluorescent lights. How is the glare in your regular environment and how is it outside?
At this point, we are so close to the supposed iPad mini I think I will wait and see what Apple comes up with, but I agree I don't see Apple going to the $199 price. They never want to compete at the bottom end. Nexus 7 for Christmas? Maybe!
I haven't seen much trouble with the glare, but I haven't been outside yet. The dictation is very impressive. it's much faster than the ipad, but doesn't seem to be accurate.
Had you tried splitting the keyboard on an iPad? This makes thumb typing much easier! With the keyboard visible, drag the "hide keyboard" button up and the keyboard will split.
I have had problems with the split keyboard, not sure why. I have not problems typing on the horizontal keyboard in the iPod. In fact, last month I was on the road for 10 days and 95% of all my written communication was on the iPad. I have not tried typing a large amount of text on the Nexus 7, I will do that.
We just ordered a Nexus 7 for Development. We backed the Ouya console and I think it runs on the same processor. I look forward to checking it out!