How to decide: should you buy the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire? All projects: DIY-IT Project GuideThis project: How to decide: tech buying guides for DIYers and small business Back when I wrote for CNN, I was taught we had eight seconds to get the main point across.
So, here goes. Buy the Nexus 7. Unless you're a huge Amazon user. Then get the Fire. There you go. UPDATE: This article is about the original Kindle Fire. Let's regroup for a second and really look at the question. Now you can see why there's some level of confusion. Physical device The Kindle Fire weights 2.6 ounces more than the Nexus 7. More to the point, the Nexus 7 is a lot more machine for your $199. On raw horsey-power, the Nexus 7 gets the win. Android OS Although both devices are based on Android, you'd be hard-pressed to notice Android on the Kindle Fire. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 is Google's current benchmark tablet, running Android 4.1 (otherwise known as Jelly Bean). On Android compatibility, the Nexus 7 gets the win. Software compatibility Gaming Nexus 7 gets the win. Security. Nexus 10. Nexus Q, Nexus 7: Google Puts Personal Cloud In 'Play'
Are Nexus 7 and Nexus Q bound to sweep the personal cloud prime time?
Image: Courtesy of Google Google doubled down on the consumer cloud on Wednesday at Google I/O, where it unveiled the expected Nexus 7 tablet and the unexpected Nexus Q, which connects the new Google tablet and other Android smartphones to your TV. While the Android Jelly Bean/4.1-packin’ Nexus 7 ($199) will get the immediate fanfare (as it is sure to be called an iPad a Kindle Fire killer), the $299 Nexus Q completes the personal cloud circle for Google Play, which as we noted here at Cloudline when it launched, “With Google Play, the Cloud Goes Prime Time.” Google’s Joe Britt, describing how the media-streaming Q acts as a “cloud-connected juke box,” gets to the killer device aspect of the Q: “No messy authentication or else.” Britt, stealing a line from somewhere, notes: “It just works.” You get multi-room playback and “social streaming,” meaning friends with Android devices can stream and also control the queue. Features - Nexus 7.
Nexus 7 sees "incredible demand", sells out at major retailers. Introduced 3 weeks ago at Google I/O 2012, the Nexus 7 with Android JellyBean has proven to be a runaway hit. It has already sold out at brick-and-mortar stores such as Costco, GameStop, Sam's Club, Office Depot, and Staples, and is unavailable at online stores such as B&H. The 16GB model is especially hard to find. Here's a run-down: GameStop says the 16GB Nexus 7 is "Backordered". A spokesperson told Reuters, "We blew through the first two allotments," and indicated a third allotment of preorders will be available in August. Online store B&H is taking orders but notes: "This is a new item being released in limited quantity, We are accepting orders and they will be filled in the order they are received.
" Office Depot lists the 8GB version as "Coming soon" and the 16GB version as "Temporarily out of stock, check back soon". Staples only sells the 16GB version and their web site says "Available in-store only". Sam's Club is not even taking orders. So where can you get a Nexus 7 now? Nexus 7 sells out across the USA. It's an amazing feat to behold when a company makes a device so popular that it sells out in one store, much less the entirety of the USA - but that's what Google is doing with the Nexus 7. This ASUS-manufactured tablet appears very much to be capturing the imaginations - and pocketbooks - of users across the United States as well as the UK as retailers both offline and online are showing sold out signs galore. From what we understand it appears that 3rd party retailers are "frantically" attempting to get more units in stock as ASUS and Google make moves to make it all happen smoothly.
Those of you looking to grab one of these swiftly moving devices will want to head to the Google Play store, the only location that appears to have the 8GB model of the tablet in stock. [The Google Play online shop currently has 3-5 day shipping] listed aside this smaller of the two tablets right this minute. Must-have apps for the Nexus 7. Camping? You Better Bring Your Nexus 7. Google's Nexus 7 Android tablet is selling really well, and the company decided now would be a good time to release the first video ad for the device. The ad, titled "Camping," shows the myriad of ways in which you can use your Nexus 7 while camping — watch a movie, use it as a flashlight, play a game of chess or read a book.
We see one problem with this scenario, however — the Nexus 7 is a Wi-Fi-only tablet, and some of the activities shown in the video require an internet connection. Sure, you can tether it with a smartphone, but out in the wilderness, some might prefer the ease of use of a 3G/EDGE/GPRS-capable tablet to a Wi-Fi-only one. Google has recently stopped taking orders for the 16 GB version of the device due to overwhelming demand. Interestingly enough, the cheaper, 8 GB Nexus 7 is still in stock. The 7-inch tablet sports a quad-core processor, a 1280x800 display and is running the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. How do you like Google's first Nexus 7 ad? Nexus 7: Push comes to shove, I prefer my iPad. My ZDNet colleague, James Kendrick absolutely loves his new Nexus 7.
This is to be expected as James is our Mobile News columnist and is a self-professed mobile technology junkie. James and I both talk about the industry a lot together, and while we agree on many things, we have very different ways of looking at mobile tech. I tend to look at things from a very 10,000-foot, more enterprise oriented and vertical market level and James looks at things from a consumerist, in the trenches level.
James gets to look at every single gadget in the industry because manufacturers rely on him for in-depth product feedback, whereas I am extremely selective about my technology because more often than not, I have to pay for it myself if I want to evaluate it. When the Nexus 7 was announced, I absolutely jumped at the chance to buy one because I needed a good Jelly Bean test platform, and the price was right given the amount of technology that was shoved into the device. The iPad? What about games? Google Nexus 7 review. The original Nexus 7 enchanted and enthralled - and did so despite some slight compromises.
The fact that it was so cheap (£159 for a 16GB version) meant it remained outstanding value for a long time. Problem is, a year is a long time in the tablet world, and competition is fierce, so the new Nexus 7 is just what the doctor ordered. And then in late July 2013, came the announcement. A new Nexus 7 - so good, they named it twice. (Some have differentiated it by adding the year to the name. Of course, Nexus devices are synonymous with pure Google experiences. The Nexus 7 launched with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which was a minor update from 4.2. The Nexus 7 is still aiming for that sweet spot. And it looks a lot better too. It's only available in 16GB or 32GB versions - the latter will cost you a penny short of £240. If ever there was a tablet that you could just pick up and carry around with you, chuck easily in a bag and know it's there when you need it, then the Nexus 7 is the one.