Monday, July 23, 2012

Google Nexus 7 Tablet: First Impression...

Bibliotecher Tablet Count: #6 & #7...
This morning I was able to find the Nexus 7, N7, available at a local store.  Needless to say, it took me all of 10 seconds before I had two in my cart for in-store pick up.  The hustler in me wanted to buy more but I restrained myself, funny thing, because when I went to the counter to pick mine up, I saw 6 tablets reserved for one person.  With such a high demand, I'm surprised the store didn't have a "1 per customer" limitation.

The packaging is clean and it comes with a quick start guide, a wall charger, and a ridiculously short USB cable.  From tip to top the USB cable measures ~38.5 inches.  That just good enough to plug into the surge protector on my floor and reach my bedside table, unfortunately, it won't extend to where I can use it in bed.  Also, I have a multiport USB charger that has worked with both of my phones, HTC Inspire 4G and Samsung S2, as well 3 different tablets: HTC Flyer, HTC View, HP Touchpad.  For some reason the Nexus will not charge at all.  The multiport charger is rated at 2.1A while the bundled Asus one at 2.0A. I'm going to have to do more research on other multiport USB chargers.

The N7 is a little over 4 grams lighter than my HTC Evo View 4G, it may not sound like much but when it comes to this tablet size, you can feel the difference.  I like the 7" tablet size for bedside reading.  It's thinner than my HTC Evo View, but then again, the HTC has a rear facing camera.  But then again, I only have used it once, same with the front facing camera.

I am a little disappointed that there is not MicroSD card support with the N7.  Seems that everyone is using "the cloud" for their files.  The screen resolution is worlds better than the HTC.  Everything is so much crisper.  Playing videos through the YouTube app is nice and clear, the speaker is decent, it's not going to rock the house but you have to keep your expectations grounded. 

Everything about the N7 is quick and smooth, I cannot wait to use this daily.  I'm really digging it and I am getting ready to transfer all my games and files over from my HTC Evo View to sell it.  It took less than 12 hours to find a buyer and make a transaction for the other N7 I bought.  Maybe I should have bought more, now I just need to get my hands on an Asus Infinity TF700!


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    1. The amount of reading I have done since buying a tablet has gone up exponentially, yeah technology!