on June 13, 2014
Purchased: 08/14/15; $399.99
Needed another tablet, I killed my first N7 while getting out of the car when on vaca, dropped it (hard), irreparable. Boo! Hiss! Totally MY fault! [Hint: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have it in a secure/anchored spot when moving about!!!] Owned N7 #1 for 13 months, w/absolutely NO issues! (including the OS upgrades > 5.1.1). After reviewing other available 7” & 8” LTE tablets, nothing even comes close to replacing the N7! It has more features, (NFC, Qi, 323 ppi, 5MP camera, stock Android OS, etc), and the absolute best resolution at a greatest affordable price! The N9, (the N7 product replacement), is too big for me, I need a ‘pocketable’ device, plus I already had the Qi charging pad and DeviceWear cover, so it made sense to stick w/the N7. So glad I did.
BTW, no issues with the initial OS upgrades either, (> 4.4.4 > 5.0.2 > 5.1 > 5.1.1 > general OS update), which BTW, took a couple hrs to accomplish, and it went incredibly smoothly for me. The only glitch was when I switched the T-Mobile SIM card, I got a “Sign into network” notification message, and when I clicked it, that took me to the mim.T-mobile page -- all the info there was correct. Couldn’t figure it out, so I did a live chat w/T-Mobile. Poof! Problem solved! After I gave her my TM pin (to verify account/security) and the SIM card #, she worked her magic, apparently (I’m assuming) she re-authenticated the SIM card ID). She was a champ! 5 stars!
FYI: I also DL’d several (essential to me) apps: Malwarebytes Anti Malware, Silent Time and Cloud Softphone, (I use Vestalink (VoIP), w/GVsip associated with my VL account ($119.99 2 yr contract ($5.00 APM) --- works great, E-911, caller ID and free calls US/Canada, VL via GV on my home phone (via OBi100) --- a great deal! If I want video call, I just use G-Hangouts. My N7 is a great phablet!
Was going to get the Battery Doctor app, but I don’t need it (yet),my battery performance has been phenomenal! I did get the Battery Monitor Widget though --- BTW, this app should be a native Android app, it’s so nice to see the battery % available stats on your home screen.
It’s fast, efficient and has a GREAT screen display! I highly recommend it!
N7 be happy, I be VERY HAPPY!
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MY ORIGINAL AMAZON REVIEW for my first N7: Note: Kind of long winded (sorry) -- I deleted most of the redundant parts.
Purchased: 06/01/14; $294.99; Purchased with: Devicewear Ridge Vegan Leather Case; CHOE Upgraded Qi Wireless Charger.
This is such a great device, I think I'm speechless. Oops! Make that I'm ALMOST speechless! I think people who have read some of my previous (long-winded) reviews/comments for other Amazon products just fell out of their chairs!!!! :-)
But first off, full disclosure, I just happened to be at a BestBuy, saw it, liked it (a lot), but wanted to order thru Amazon, but BB said they would do a price match it with Amazon. Um, I said you got a deal if you would also match the T-Mobile SIM card price with T-Mobile and they said they would. BTW, the price dropped for the N7 that morning, (to $294.99), which I wasn't aware of until right then. I thought, um, sometimes these price drops don't last very long, I better snag it now! Of course, the price has since dropped another $5 since my purchase, oh well... All things considered, the buying process there actually went AOK, but it was still a bit of a small hassle for me and to be honest, I still definitely prefer shopping at Amazon. Oh well, BB got me this time... BTW, I did get the case and Qi pad at Amazon.
This device is beyond amazing! I'm a tablet newbie, never have ever used one before and I thought "Oh, the screen will be way too small, it will be so hard to read and the touchscreen will be so hard to use or won't work very well." Man! Was I ever wrong, it's so easy to read even with these tired old eyes, (zoom works great!). The touchscreen is fabulous and VERY accurate, even with my somewhat nerve damaged numb fingers, it has never been an issue for me to use. Setup was super easy and learning my way around Android was intuitive, I was zipping around like a pro within a few days, and BTW, the online N7 User Guide helped the learning curve for me a lot!
The T-Mobile setup was also very easy and use. I have a VERY weak cell signal where I live and it still worked just fine. Going on a 12 day trip in a few days and I'm sure it will come in handy if/when no Wi-Fi is available. I’m really looking forward to checking out all the great aspects of the N7 on this trip - hoping I don't drive my other half too crazy gushing about it! :-)
I really like the Devicewear Ridge case, (sturdy, good quality, comfortable to hold w/the N7), and the CHOE Qi pad, (very easy to find the N7 charge access point - it has no issue at all with the cover). Highly reco these products also.
Uh-Oh! I think my (almost) speechless mantra just went out the window! Sorry about that! Couldn't help myself because this device is an absolute joy for me to use and I definitely consider this one of my best electronic purchases! It's sweet, I'm hooked and I HIGHLY recommend it! Yes, I'm definitely in love with it...