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Will this Fire the Fire? Or at least Scorch it!


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Posted on Jun 23, 2012 7:40:28 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 23, 2012 7:55:48 PM PDT
I still am skeptical about the ability of any company to sell a first tier, quality 7 in tablet, with all of the features that everyone wants, for under $199.

There is a real difference in the quality of components between a first tier tablet and a third tier tablet, say those which are primarily designed for Chinese domestic mass market. They often use older, licensed versions of chips with higher power consumption, greater "nano-meter" scales, lower quality tolerances, etc.

I'm firmly in the "I'll believe it when I see it" camp.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 9:02:59 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 9:18:15 PM PDT
Yeah, I'm aware of the 100% markup on Apple products - one of the reasons I'm an Applephobe.

I forgot about the IR Blaster on the Galaxy Tab 2.

Don't get me wrong. I'd love to see downward price movement on tablets along with improved technology. I just don't think anyone can produce a quality tabet at this time that has all of the features every clamors for (bluetooth, cameras, SD slot, HDMI (all those darn letters!)), for $159.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 9:40:29 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 9:46:57 PM PDT
Personally, I'll probably be picking up a Windows 8 tab for professional reasons. The Fire suits my needs for casual use.

(I appreciate your intelligent viewpoint on the subject and that I learned something from you ;) )

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 10:02:15 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 25, 2012 6:30:17 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 26, 2012 4:59:01 PM PDT
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I think many people want a integrated, well thought out and cohesive ecosystem of entertainment options on these devices more than anything else and that is why Apple and Amazon are where they are. I think it is even more important to most people than ticking off a certain number of specification check boxes on a product sheet. Google may finally be figuring that out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 5:06:26 PM PDT
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Carol, I will let you know after this...
I/O Live
Stream the I/O experience through your browser, tablet, or phone.
https://developers.google.com/events/io/io-live
https://developers.google.com/events/io/about

Not that I will stay up that late here to watch it but thought you may be interested.

Google I/O 2012: Jelly Bean statue hits the Googleplex front lawn
http://androidandme.com/2012/06/news/google-io-2012-jelly-bean-statue-hits-the-googleplex-front-lawn/

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 7:02:44 PM PDT
GnomeEd says:
Tomorrow is supposedly the big day.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 1:55:15 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 1:40:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 27, 2012 1:52:16 PM PDT
Order now...
https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_8gb&hl=en_GB

Features...
http://www.google.com/nexus/#/7/features

I will be back soon I am just about to order one. :)

Back again. Ordered! 1 x 16GB Black @ AU$299 delivered. Again ripped off here in Oz! $50 for shipping. Spare me

What the heck! You can't take it with you (Money that is) if you croak and why risk regretting not getting that larger one.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 2:22:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 27, 2012 6:03:54 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
The Fire2 will have a tough time beating this. Besides the more-powerful processor, more RAM, more powerful video processor, and higher video resolution, it adds Bluetooth, Skypeability with mic and camera, a GPS, optional 16GB onboard storage...

Install the Kindle app, the Cloud Player app, the Nook app, the Kobo app, a few other things, and you're pretty much vendor-independent with full access to the whole Android world. And at least potentially the USB port should be capable of hosting external devices, although that's just me speculating.

Strong product at the price.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 2:38:25 PM PDT
Jo MW says:
I agree that the next version Fire is facing very stiff competition from this Google tablet.

However, the big advantage Amazon still has is that so many people are used to buying stuff from them; they have accounts and are familiar with the easy buying process. Lots of folks don't even have a Google account, or the trust in purchasing from them. That familiarity could easily trump superior specs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 2:40:17 PM PDT
Agreed!

I certainly hope the USB port will support a external HDD and other devices. Everybody is saying it will but that is mere speculation at this stage.

The charger is not available to my region as yet but I have others I can use. I just hope they are 2amp or charging will be slow.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 2:48:08 PM PDT
The Nexus 7 looks very nice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 3:06:03 PM PDT
Told you it was worth the wait! Well admittedly it is still speculation at this stage but the figures do seem to add up to this being a good little device.

It may yet leave up to my threads title here. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 4:02:28 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 4:09:38 PM PDT
That extra 8GBs costs us AU$49 here! Not to mention $50 for delivery. Grrrr!

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 4:29:21 PM PDT
It gets worse...

I just saw the checkout. Trouble with using the 10" Netbook when half asleep and having the page slightly enlarged.

['Nexus 7 (16GB) - The first tablet from Google. Thin, light, and designed for Google Play.']
[' AU$299.00']
['Delivery (Two Day Shipping):']
[' ']
['AU$19.99']
['Total:']
[' ']
['AU$318.99']
['(includes GST AU$29.00)']

Once again they rip us off. If I was not so impatient I would save a bit getting my Toronto mate to get one for me but impatience wins.

What is the American price for delivery? Say a 16GB with delivery is how much all up?

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 4:55:02 PM PDT
Those are all middling specs but it's the price that makes this intriguing: $199 for the 8GB model, 16GB for $249. That's a very fair price, especially compared to the Kindle Fire which is, of course, running the same price on much more dated hardware. At least, until Amazon cuts the price or releases a successor, which we're expecting it to do in very short order.

The tablet feels good in the hand. It's a bit on the chunky side -- 10.45mm thick -- just fractionally thinner than the Fire but, at 340g in weight, noticeably lighter than the 400+ gram tablet from Amazon. The biggest difference between the two, however, is the screen quality.

Continued along with video here...

http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/27/nexus-7-tablet-hands-on/

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 5:00:24 PM PDT
"What is the American price for delivery? Say a 16GB with delivery is how much all up?"

$282.30 US with tax in my cart (before I deleted it!)

It looks like a nice tablet but no features I would really use over the Fire. I have not filled up the storage on the Fire yet so the 16GB option would be a waste of money for me. Camera and mic are a non-issue as I, literally, never video chat. I have never used bluetooth on any devices I have that have so it is a good bet I wouldn't use it on a tablet either. And I am not sure what NFC even is but I seem to have managed to live without it on all my portable devices so far. lol Display specs look nice, though. I would like to see an in person comparison before I decided if I could tell the difference between it and the Fire, however.

But goo luck with it. I hope it is finally the tablet for you.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 5:06:19 PM PDT
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