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Google launches 7-inch, $199 Android tablet

6/27/2012 06:48 PM EDT
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elctrnx_lyf
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elctrnx_lyf   6/27/2012 6:57:56 PM
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Oh man .. This is getting really interesting. Yesterday Microsoft n today google, this doesn't let apple team work in peace actually. By the how does it par when compared to Samsung 7 inch tablets.

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chanj0   6/27/2012 8:41:55 PM
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Competition will never stop coming. The price of Nexus 7 is very attractive. It poses highest threat to Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook Color. They are both 7". Interestingly, GPS is not one of the features. I wonder why.

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FireBadTreePretty   6/27/2012 9:53:59 PM
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Check the specs: GPS is included. https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_8gb&feature=device-featured#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDIwMiwibnVsbC1mZWF0dXJlZF9kZXZpY2VzX1VTX18yX3Byb21vXzEzNDA1MTg5NjUwMzYiXQ..

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Sanjib.A   6/29/2012 4:24:53 PM
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True...this is the strongest competitor for Amazon's Kindle fire. The price is very attractive and hence this might just possess threats for all other 7" tabs...especially Samsung's Galaxy tab?

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t.alex   7/1/2012 1:33:17 PM
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I am quite tempted to buy this.

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KB3001   7/5/2012 2:40:27 PM
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I am too! Long live competition!

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mcgrathdylan   6/27/2012 9:28:42 PM
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I'm not prepared to do a side by side comparison with Samsung offerings. Judging only by the introduction at Google I/O, the Nexus 7 looks pretty cool (of course, everything looks cool when it is being introduced at an event like this). I would say the Nexus 7 is going to be some stiff competition for the Kindle Fire. As for the iPad, I think the price points and the features put them in different categories. But if Nexus 7 is as advertised, I have to believe it will give people who were thinking about buying an iPad an excuse to spend a lot less money.

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FireBadTreePretty   6/27/2012 9:56:45 PM
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Tech specs include... 7” 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi) Back-lit IPS display Scratch-resistant Corning glass 1.2MP front-facing camera 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm 340g WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 8/16 GB internal storage 1 GB RAM Micro USB 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use) Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Quad-core Tegra 3 processor Microphone NFC (Android Beam) Accelerometer GPS Magnetometer Gyroscope

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mcgrathdylan   6/27/2012 10:17:48 PM
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Thanks for setting the record straight on that. Looks pretty good to me.

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D-FlipFlop   6/28/2012 2:16:10 PM
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If I am not wrong, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" using Exynos quad core. It has very similar specs. The only thing may be that it comes pre-loaded with ICS, not Jelly bean. Oh, and Samsung also throws in it's custom UI on top of Android. So there is some difference to the look and feel.

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FireBadTreePretty   6/28/2012 3:45:48 PM
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The Galaxy Tab 2 7" is deficient (compared to the Nexus 7) in many ways. CPU is only dual-core at 1 GHz vs quad-core at 1.3 GHz Display is only 1024×600 vs 1280×800 No NFC And is priced $50 higher http://www.pcworld.com/article/258508/nexus_7_tablet_vs_kindle_fire_vs_the_rest_spec_smackdown_chart.html

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D-FlipFlop   6/28/2012 8:27:08 PM
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You are right Fire, I was wrong on the CPU detail. The only thing to add is that Galaxy Tab 2 has microSD and 3MP back camera while the Nexus doesn't. That kind of balances the comparison, but not perfectly. Nexus may still tip the scale.

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rick merritt   6/29/2012 8:25:30 AM
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What no 3G???

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yalanand   7/3/2012 9:56:47 AM
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@dylan, Good to hear that the features are almost similar to that of ipad. But how do you compare the specs of Nexus 7 with Microsoft surface?

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rick merritt   6/28/2012 5:42:16 AM
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Unlike the Microsoft Surface, Google shows competitive mobile products can be co-developed with OEMs--even when you are providing them free open source software. I'd love to hear any insider details of how the collaboration went.

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DavideA   6/28/2012 7:44:36 AM
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http://allthingsd.com/20120627/exclusive-googles-andy-rubin-and-asuss-jonney-shih-on-how-they-cooked-up-the-nexus-7

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rick merritt   6/29/2012 8:30:11 AM
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Well, it scratches the surface at least on a story of what sounds like an intense but good collaboration. Beats the heck out of what the NYT said the HP/M'soft collaboration on tablets was like!!!

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mcjw   6/30/2012 1:49:16 AM
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This has less to do with co-developing than custom-ordering, but it's the same strategy to me, that is, playing one OEM against another. It's just that a different company kowtows every year. The Nexus 7 is a much more restrictive Android device than any other. According to Brian Klug of Anandtech, not only did Google omit microSD expansion (~$40 for 64GB card), they killed USB mass storage, too. USB-OTG is strictly for keyboards and such. Therefore you're locked into this "tablet built for GooglePlay", in their own words. It's like the smart-chip they put inside inkjet printers a few years ago to discourage third-party ink. This is a business model where the device is subsidized by Google, rather than a free gift you seem to think.

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Battar   6/28/2012 12:40:29 PM
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Any of you lot think reading text on a 7 inch screen is fun? Try reading eetimes on it. Go on, try. Then tell me how useful this product is.

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any1   6/28/2012 1:45:38 PM
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It's all personal preference - and depends on which compromises you are willing to make. No device is perfect. I can read text fine on a 7 inch screen, but for most other graphics I prefer a somewhat larger display.

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D-FlipFlop   6/28/2012 2:14:38 PM
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I second that. Reading on a 7 incher was not fun for me at least, especially if the eyes are trained for 10 inch ones already! However, it is a personal preference in the end.

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wilber_xbox   6/28/2012 2:15:20 PM
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i think that one will have to make choice between money and more. Software tweaks should be possible to make website and other content fit better on smaller screen.

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rick merritt   6/29/2012 8:24:20 AM
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I read the Steve Jobs on my first-gen Kindle just fine. It was my first e-book.

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Kinnar   6/28/2012 6:42:03 PM
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This was the most awaited product from Google. But unfortunately it is missing GSM/CDMA connectivity. It would have been really a versatile device if they had included mobile/cell connectivity with this nice piece of electronics. Its immediate rival is iPad, lets wait for the actual product to see how better it competes.

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eewiz   6/29/2012 8:45:16 AM
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According to Google's Rubin 'When it gets sold through the Play store there's no margin, it just basically gets (sold) through.' http://www.knowyourmobile.com/blog/1455823/google_says_theres_no_margin_on_nexus_7.html Google hopes to sell you content and take your personal info to show ads to make money. Basically 'spoiled the market' for other vendors.

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MVincent   6/29/2012 9:05:57 PM
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It's almost perfect, except for the missing micro-SD slot. I know we are supposed to store everything in the cloud now, but 8 GB is a bit small when you are travelling outside wifi reach.

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yalanand   7/3/2012 10:02:24 AM
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@marvin99, I think it's to get more people to use cloud storage but true not providing micro-SD feature was a mistake.

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