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DantheMan

June 28th 2012 4:16 pm

Conflicted about whether I need this.

I own a Galaxy Nexus and an HP tm2t (tablet with active digitizer). I used the tablet for pen-based note-taking but really have little use for it now that I've graduated. The screen isn't great and it's so heavy that I've caught myself browsing more with my phone. I was thinking of waiting until later this year to replace it with a Surface but since the Nexus 7 is looking so (unexpectedly) great, I'm considering getting one as an impulse buy. What do you think? Is there a need for this device when I already have a big phone and a clunky windows tablet? Is the tablet sweet spot a real thing?

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TgD

That is a tough call. I bought the Nexus 7 because I have a smaller phone and a full laptop. You are kind of closer to the tablet with the devices you already own.

How/how often do you see yourself using the tablet? If you can't picture that, then its not worth it. But on the other hand... impulse buy!
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DantheMan

The main advantages are the fact that it's cheap enough to not feel major guilt about getting one, it has a high-quality screen for reading news and watching Youtube, and a great processor for gaming.
Downsides are that it's only mildly bigger than my phone (limited additional utility) and has a phone-like interface, so it may just end up seeming superfluous. I'll wait to see how it feels in person.
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LocarionStorm

I understand where you are coming from Dan. I am having the same internal struggle. I really like what I have seen of the Nexus 7 but I already own a Galaxy Nexus.

Everything that I can do on the Nexus 7 I can already do on my Galaxy Nexus - which is large for a phone. In addition, the Nexus 7 only has 80 additional pixels in the width in comparison to the Galaxy Nexus - meaning I am not going to be seeing a large jump in terms of resolution going to a Nexus 7 to digest media, only a jump in size.

I don't currently own a tablet of any kind but I do have a netbook that I carry around as a university student. I just don't see a 7 inch tablet being sufficiently different enough from my current phone to provide reason to have both on me. I am going to check out the Nexus 7 when a coworker gets his pre-ordered unit delivered and do a reality check.

However, at this point, I have relegated myself to realizing that a 10 inch tablet is the kind of device I would prefer that would offer a different enough experience from my Galaxy Nexus. In fact, I will probably wait and grab a Surface as then that provides a Windows experience that adds greater differentiation between the functions of my phone and my tablet.
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DantheMan

Good call. I'll wait until I can see it up close in a retail store. I'd use it mostly for reading news with apps like Pocket and Feedly. With gadgets like this it's impossible to get a sense of the size without seeing it personally.
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scouseok

I don't think you would actually need it like you need air to breath but you want it is a good enough reason to buy it as an upgrade to your older tab like me i have galaxy 10.1 64gb wifi tab and have pre ordered the nexus 7 why i don't need it my tab now is only 5weeks old but i want it. So no you do not need it but it will be nice to have it.
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DantheMan

Yeah, as others posted on this page, it's kind of an impulse buy. So I'm going to wait a month and see if I still want it then. If so, I'll probably spring for it as an early birthday present to myself!
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scouseok

What better reason to buy one if you still want it, Tech moves so fast next week it will prob be something different you will want.
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DantheMan

I bought a 16 gig a week ago, glad I did now that they're sold out for the foreseeable future! :)
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scouseok

i understand it's for 2weeks then they will be back on sale, i also heard there is a problem with the screen as it lifts up at the corner due to heat on them so thats why they will take 2weeks as thats getting fixed by Asus.
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