Google Nexus 7

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by OConnor, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Anyone get one? I am thinking of looking at them today so long as OfficeMAx/Depot haven't run out. All the reviews I see online are looking good. Of course, if I get it I will have to figure out how to get the portable wifi working on the old HTC Inspire (I refuse to pay for the same data twice)...
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  2. Roam

    Roam If you want to

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    I just recently sold my Nexus 7 16GB. I found it was too large to hold and too small to use. I also found having the the volume buttons right next to the power button highly annoying as I repeatedly shut down the tablet when I was trying to increase the volume. Also only having 16GB of storage and no cellular access really limited it usefulness.

    I though it was amusing that they included access to a Transformers movie with the purchase. I really have no interest in watching an action movie on a 7" screen. Actually I have no interest in watching a Transformers movie anyways other than ogling Megan Fox

    Unless a tablet can replace a device I already have I don't see the point.

    I'm looking forward to trying out the Surface. Either that or the transformer Prime will probably replace my netbook and mp3 player.
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  3. jazzmans

    jazzmans fickt euch

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    my transformer tf300 has replaced my asus netbook. It kicks serious ass. the first thing I did was install cyanogenmod, of course.

    jaz
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  4. potatoho

    potatoho Cheese and Rice!

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    I bought a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and every once in a while I use them with my old Droid 2. Funny how when the mouse connects it shows a little mouse pointer and you can operate everything. The Motorola keyboard really sucks though, it doesn't like to type very fast.

    I thought I would use them more, but it turns out that it is just faster to use the slide out keyboard on the phone. I think that's kinda what happened with my use of tablets, I just found it easier to use the phone instead of trying to get my work things up to speed on the tablet.

    An ideal setup is pretty close to coming about. A company has created xBounds which is a software only solution to transmitting mobile screens to other devices. The bandwidth is so small that it works very well wirelessly.

    What they did is to encapsulate a device's OpenGL calls which would normally be rendered via chip on the mobile device, and wirelessly send them to another OpenGL renderer, say on a TV set. So instead of transferring raw HDMI pixels, it is transferring compressed API calls.

    This means two things. Far less bandwidth, and much higher quality rendering. You can render a 6pt font on a shitty mobile as unreadable, but the same would render on the remote screen at much higher clarity due to its higher native resolution. It's all vector based etc.

    It just needs to be licensed and added to the software stack in your phone and television and it will all work over the usual networking protocols. In the meantime they do actually have a prototype dongle which outputs HDMI so it can make your TV screen into a receiver for their protocol.

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  5. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    I went ahead and ordered one, should be here next week sometime. After thinking about it, the lack of cell service isn't a real issue for me. Work and home have wifi, as do many other places now days. I'll update after I get some usage with it.
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  6. OConnor

    OConnor Bad juju

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    We take it on vacation. Easy to carry, keeps the 8yo occupied anywhere.
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  7. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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  8. AkBrian

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    By the title, I'm assuming this is the Nexus 7 thread, even though it hasn't been bumped in awhile. I bought a 32g wifi only version a couple days ago for $238 locally. I've been impressed so far. A friend bought one about the same time, and we've both been trying to get his set up for a an eminent trip to Argentina. It's been pretty fun. He'll have an apartment with internet when he's in Buenos Aires. Looks like it's $0.01 a minute for him to call back to the US with it, and $0.02/min to call an Argentinian land line number with Google Voice and the Talkatone app. Still figuring out how to make the books readable offline. It would be nice to figure out a way to have some kind of micro USB OTG dongle that would allow for connection to a RJ45 (wired Ethernet) and charging at the same time for when wireless isn't available. I'm still learning the device, any tips?
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  9. PoundSand

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    'pin' it by clicking the thumb tack icon. The same for movies and music.
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  10. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    I settled on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 from Costco for $185 and have been using it a LOT more than I thought I would. More bang for the buck and I was able to try it before I bought it, bonus.
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  11. 1greenmachine

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    My friend has a nexus 7 and as soon as i get a few bucks saved i wanna get one for stuff around the house, so i can post on here while mowing the yard.
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  12. Crocodile Tears

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    I got one about a month ago. Basically replaced my MacBook when traveling or lounging on the couch. Perfect size - I ditched a 32gb Xoom because it was a bit unwieldy.
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  13. AkBrian

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    Thanks! I bought a Ethernet adapter and USB host cable (which it should come with) from Amazon. it's a shame they don't have 'Y" cable so it can be charged at the same time. Google Voice calls, using the talkatone app, works really well. Standby battery life seems excellent.
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  14. UnsureFooting

    UnsureFooting Title of User Here

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    I'm super happy with mine.
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  15. UnsureFooting

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    Neat!
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  16. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    I use mine along with the Dual Sport Maps App instead of a GPS.

    Got about three rides with it and it worked great :deal

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  17. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    To make a gps app work on an iPad, you must have the Wi-Fi plus Cellular version. Apparently it uses the cellular hardware to connect with the gps satellites.

    Is this also true with the Nexus, or can you get the Wi-Fi only version?
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  18. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    It's not that you need the cellular network to use the GPS. It's that the wifi only iPads don't come with a GPS chip.


    To use ANY of the tablets, phones etc where there is not cell signal you just need to download all the maps first so they don't have to load from the net.
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  19. UnsureFooting

    UnsureFooting Title of User Here

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    Nexus 7 has an independent GPS chip.
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  20. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    Yup. :evil
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