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    Google I/O - Nexus Tablet - Thoughts ?

    I watched this yesterday and it seems to be a lovely piece of kit for the price, what does everyone else think of it ?

    https://play.google.com/store/device...le-wide-banner - in case you havent seen it yet, price is appealing to me and I am a big android fan, despite having recently acquired an iphone 4s.

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    Looks really good, especially as its got the Tegra 3 chip running it...plus 1GB RAM...i'd be inclined to go for the 16gb version though. Also noticed you get a free copy of Transformers 3 and £15 play store credit...which is useful if you have an android phone aswell because you can get the app/film/book/music on more than one device then

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    Haven't seen all the spec's yet but my first reaction was that the price is very apealing. I think, though, that Google and Microsoft share a problem in the app availability front. Obviously Googles apps store is a lot more complete compared to M$'s fledgling effort.

    We bought three tablets recently to test their use. Windows 8 was just aweful. Android 4 really nice, maybe iOS beating, system. But when it came to finding apps to put on these devices nothing could get close to the iOS App Store content.

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    as said in the other thread, i like it but ive got a few issues with offline usage id have to see about first.

    If it can be used how i want it to be then the price and is very appealing and it means i dont have to lug my laptop around to use the things i do.

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    Android doesn't have an app availability problem. There's 600,000 apps in the Play store. Apple might have more, but do we really need 100,000 lightsaber/torch apps?

    No, its quality thats the important thing, and so far, Android apps are just that tiny bit less polished.

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    I was looking to buy a kindle at some point and i spotted this yesterday, granted its full colour display as opposed to a eink display and only has 10 hours battery compared to 1 month nearly on e-ink, but seems very interesting.

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    It would make a wicked cool XBMC remote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by north-ict View Post
    I was looking to buy a kindle at some point and i spotted this yesterday, granted its full colour display as opposed to a eink display and only has 10 hours battery compared to 1 month nearly on e-ink, but seems very interesting.
    A Kindle and a tablet are very different devices with very different uses, a Kindle is only for reading books on - I mean, sure, you could browse the internet on it, but then you could also replace all your toilet roll with sandpaper. You could also read on a tablet, but it's nothing like as comfortable or convenient as reading on a Kindle - the e-ink screen really does make all the difference with regards to comfort, not to mention battery life.

    I am waiting for the moment in three years time when we have a colour e-ink multitouch screen with a keyboard in the cover that has a month's battery, waterproofing and reasonable tools to manage it. At that point, goodbye textbooks!

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    reading on a tablet screen will give you headaches mainly because of the harshness of the artificial white background. e-ink is like reading printed text on paper, so much more comfortable

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Android doesn't have an app availability problem. There's 600,000 apps in the Play store. Apple might have more, but do we really need 100,000 lightsaber/torch apps?

    No, its quality thats the important thing, and so far, Android apps are just that tiny bit less polished.
    Ok, I suppose what I meant to say was "Quality application availability". The fact is we tried to set the three systems up with, if not the exact same apps, then the closest aproximations. We couldn't do it breadth of apps on iOS sets it clearly appart from it's competitors. This is what Google desperatly needs to work on. Getting quality iOS devs to port their wears to what other whys is now a very polished platform.

    Loading Googles appstore I found a breadth of "porn apps" at the top of the charts and found there to be more of the "another lighter/lightsaber/etc" type apps. The biggest miss for me was lack of any Ampkit+ alternative, but thats a more personal gripe.

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    Yeah I purchased a kindle for my sister as a bday present last year and yeah i know the ins and outs of it was just an interesting find is all. To be honest i will most likely opt for a kindle it just caught my eye was all.

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    Already ordered mine! I have a kindle fire, stripped off the rubbish amazon software and added ICS, its really nice, but not as good as the Nexus.

    ...and Ive already sold the kindle fire!

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    seeing as its my birthday in september and the missus just got a 800quid tax rebate...guess what im gonna ask for as a present

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    Well they already have software and know what hardware it will run on...so they just really needed to make it look nice and put the bits together i suppose

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