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Good option for Android
on March 5, 2014
I bought this to use alongside the iPad 3 I've had for a while, so here's a quick comparison of those two products:
- Performance of the Nexus seems good, perhaps the best available on the Android platform based on the comparison shopping I did. However, scrolling is frequently choppy, so the iPad performance seems better.
- The look and feel of the Nexus is quite nice. I love the grippy, rubberized material and the rounded shape. It makes the iPad look "square," literally and figuratively. But when I actually use the devices, I much prefer the 4:3 aspect ratio of the iPad screen. It's more practical for reading books, reading email or browsing the web and only slightly narrower for wide-screen movies.
- The forward-facing speakers on the Nexus are a great idea, but they don't actually sound that good to me -- too tinny. The iPad speaker gives a fuller sound.
- The iPad requires an iTunes account for some features, but the Nexus apparently requires a Google account just to turn the device on. I haven't researched this and there might be a way to disconnect -- I don't like essentially being "logged in" to Google for everything I do.
Bottom line, if you want an Android tablet, I think this is an excellent choice, but if you're open to either platform, I'd recommend an iPad.