Google Nexus 7 – Buy It or Ditch It?

Posted on August 8, 2012

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The Google Nexus 7 tablet is out and for sale through the Google Play Store. As you may already know, there are two models, an 8 GB model and a 16 GB model. I would go for the 16 GB model as it isn’t that much more expensive than the 8 GB model. You can find all the tech specs and features here: Google Nexus 7. Now that you know the features and the tech specs, let’s talk about whether or not this tablet is worth buying.

There are some key components to focus on. As you know, the Nexus 7 isn’t the very first tablet on the market, but is it the best? There are a few questions to consider when deciding whether or not to buy this tablet.

1. Screen Size

Is 7 inches enough for you or do you prefer something much bigger? (I know this sounds wrong, just try not to think about it like that). Depending on what your purpose is, 7 inches may be enough for you. If you just want to do some simple web browsing, gaming, and other lightweight activities, 7 inches is no sweat. On the other hand, if you really do care for the extra three inches when streaming videos and web browsing, then perhaps you’re better off with some other tablet with a bigger screen. So how do you determine which screen size is best for you? There’s actually a really simple solution. All you need to do is go into an electronics store and play around on some other tablets. If you go to any major electronics store, there will be tablets on display for you to get a hands on feel. Simply try a tablet with a 9.7 inch screen and then try one with a 7 inch screen to see which one suites you better.

2. Memory/ Storage Capacity

There are two models: 8 GB and 16 GB. I mentioned this already. However, you should probably note that there is NO memory slot. What I’m trying to say is if you get yourself 8 GB, that’s all you’re going to get. If you decide later on that you want a bigger capacity, you’re out of luck. When I first saw the tech specs, I was curious as to whether there is a SecureDigital slot or not. When I found out that there wasn’t a slot by design, I was curious. Is this an honest mistake or is Google trying to sell their Cloud Drive? I should probably explain this. Google offers Cloud Storage at a very cheap price per GB rate. Displayed below is the price chart of Google’s Cloud Storage Rates:

As you can see, they charge you price per GB. So you can pretty much guess what I am getting at. You buy an 8 GB tablet and find out that you have more songs,videos, and other files that you anticipated so you need more storage. Rather than expanding the storage with a SD card, you are left paying a monthly subscription for Cloud Storage.

My advice to you: Go for the 16 GB whether you need it or not.

The bottom line is that this is definitely a great tablet, but that doesn’t mean it is suitable for everybody. The release of the Nexus 7 puts consumers in a very tough place right now. As you may or may not know, Microsoft is also planning on releasing their own tablet, the Windows Surface, later this year. It’s probably worth the wait to see what Microsoft has to offer in their tablet before deciding which tablet to go for.

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