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Old 06-27-2012, 07:13 PM   #16
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Two features that are must-haves for me are SD card storage (mainly for music) and HDMI out (to stream videos to TV). I already have a 7" tablet so I'm not in the market to buy, but if I wanted a small tablet and didn't need SD card/HDMI, I would purchase the Nexus 7!
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:44 PM   #17
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Two features that are must-haves for me are SD card storage (mainly for music) and HDMI out (to stream videos to TV). I already have a 7" tablet so I'm not in the market to buy, but if I wanted a small tablet and didn't need SD card/HDMI, I would purchase the Nexus 7!
Why would you want a port that probably costs .35 in parts to stream video to your TV when you could buy a $300 Nexus Q and use your uber-powerful tegra 3 quad core cpu and 12 core GPU tablet as ... a remote control?

The Asus Nexus 7 is based on the Asus 370t announced in January. Other than hdmi and the microsd, and a front camera instead of a back camera, everything else seems to have survived intact. Digitimes reported maybe a week ago that Asus still had a non-Nexus tablet in the works to ship in August, and the 370t itself went through the FCC a month ago.

The Nexus 7 is impressive, my snark above notwithstanding, but I'm hopeful I could get the whole package, even if it did cost more. I'd pay $300 for the 370t, especially if it could dock with a transformer keyboard, and still feel like I got a deal. I'd be willing to wait until August to buy, but I'm sick of waiting to find out if they're actually gonna release the thing or not. Google had their day Asus, time to show your cards. Fast. You got anything else or not?
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:06 PM   #18
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I have so many streaming possibilities that this is not a big one for me. I can stream over WiFi to my TV, I have a streaming device hooked to my computer, and so forth. If I were a road warrior, I might feel differently.

Right now I am very glad that I live in the one area code in Canada that can use Google Voice. I have a GV account and it is what I routinely use for long distance from my home and when using my cell phone.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:18 PM   #19
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Excellent news. One thing that's pretty obvious. Prices of tablets will fall so much that in a few years it'll become a very cheap commodity.
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:06 AM   #20
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Is the Nexus 7 a baby Transformer?

Hmmm... I wonder why Google chose - "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - as the free movie they bundled with it?
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:57 AM   #21
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It's got a micro USB socket - does that mean you could attach external USB storage? Do current Android devices do this?
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:40 AM   #22
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It's got a micro USB socket - does that mean you could attach external USB storage? Do current Android devices do this?
With an adapter, yes. Jelly Bean should have support built in.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:54 AM   #23
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With an adapter, yes. Jelly Bean should have support built in.
Are you sure about that? USB client and USB host capabilities are different things. Very few USB clients (devices that you plug into a PC) can act as a USB host (have USB sticks plugged into them). What makes you say that this device will have USB host capabilities? Some tablets do indeed have it (Samsung do, for example), but why do you believe that the Nexus will?
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:25 AM   #24
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Hmmm... I wonder why Google chose - "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - as the free movie they bundled with it?
Because they want to make sure no Transformers fan will ever want to buy the device, of course. :P
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:39 AM   #25
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Yeah, my husband and I were oohing and ahhing until we got to that part.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:41 AM   #26
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Yeah, my husband and I were oohing and ahhing until we got to that part.
I've recently bought the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. I was worried that I may have made the wrong choice, but the lack of an SD card slot on the Nexus is a show-stopper for me; the Samsung was the right choice for my needs.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:52 AM   #27
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I am debating whether to return my Kobo Vox. I like the Vox a lot but can't get Netflix working on in. The Nexus specs say it is a bit lighter too, but I am not sure how much lighter it will feel in the real world given the numbers we are dealing with here (it's like 50 grams lighter?) I keep changing my mind! I have one more week to return the Vox...
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Are you sure about that? USB client and USB host capabilities are different things. Very few USB clients (devices that you plug into a PC) can act as a USB host (have USB sticks plugged into them). What makes you say that this device will have USB host capabilities? Some tablets do indeed have it (Samsung do, for example), but why do you believe that the Nexus will?
Honestly, I thought that USB hosting was available since Honeycomb. Some tablets had issues with it and the manufacturers disabled it in software. But my understanding was that ICS and JB have it built in and available without rooting.
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Honestly, I thought that USB hosting was available since Honeycomb. Some tablets had issues with it and the manufacturers disabled it in software. But my understanding was that ICS and JB have it built in and available without rooting.
My point was that it requires hardware support - it's not merely a software issue.
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My point was that it requires hardware support - it's not merely a software issue.
I do believe the Nexus 7 has USB OTG support. It just doesn't have a full-size USB port so you need a USB OTG cable.
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