If you've already paid for loads of apps on iPad or iPhone though, you might find replacing them on a different device - if they're even available - starts to take away the differential between it and the Mini.
That's a EDITED of a good point. I was thinking about one of these smaller tablets, but I've so many apps for the iPhone now, many of which would be useful.
Will have to see how many of the crucial ones are free on the Google store...
Is the app available for Kindle Fire? Otherwise you would have to sideload it (if possible).
I would assume it is possible to sideload it, as I've read that you can even sideload Google Play Store onto the Kindle Fire, if you root it. However not having tried it myself I cant be 100% sure.
yes it would - i hadnt thought of the webbrowser!
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There are *crucial* apps?!?!
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Well... crucial might be a bit strong. Really important apps then.
Like the one where you move your finger up and down behind the camera to make it look like the photo of your mate is talking.
Thanks for your thoughts JD. I suspect not being able to connect to a display is the sort of thing I'll never miss if I don't have it. Can I ask, how do you find finish and build quality compare to an iPad? How easy is to hold for a while in one hand? Do you find the screen ratio better or worse than that of an iPad in normal use? And do the swipe gestures work consistently well? Thanks for your help.
Right. It's obviously not as hewn-from-solid-block-of-aluminium as the (hewn-from-etc) iPad. It's a two piece construction, with a plastic back 'snapped' onto the bezel (I know this because when I dropped it on day two, the back separated from the front slightly, but it snapped back fine).
Don't be put off by the fact that it's plastic-backed - it's what car manufacturers might call 'soft-touch', and I actually find the feel of it rather better than the iPad, which is a bit cold and smooth and slippy in comparison. It's great for holding one handed, and the slightly elongated shape make it easy to swipe from left to right one-thumbed (reading the Times while strap-hanging, for example, which wasn't possible with the big iPad). OS swipe movements are perfect, but apps themselves can be variable - sometimes takes a couple of goes with the papers or kindle (though at least the latter has a one-touch page turn).
The screen glass is very nice, better than the couple of droid phones I've tried which have felt a bit scratchy.
I find aspect ratio fine. Sometimes it feels a bit tall, and one odd thing is that browsers tend, depending on site, to slightly stretch the site heightwise, so text looks a bit elongated on eg here and BBC (god bless 'er) at zero zoom. Firefox and Chrome don't consistently behave the same. This sorts itself out when you do zoom, however, and I suspect the dpi hack some have tried would fix it. (As an aside, I am finding Firefox a bit buggy). EDIT - also, it makes MUCH more sense now that they've enabled home screen autorotation - without it it was a portrait-aspect device, IMO, as it just behaved stupidly.
It's NOT an iPad. Primarily because right now, apps aren't as good (generalising). If you think of it, however, as a Kindle with knobs on (book reader, browser, occasional music and video usage - great from a screen def point of view but the free Transformers one I tried that came with it was a bit juddery), and compare it in price to one of those instead, then I think it's well worth the premium. If you've already paid for loads of apps on iPad or iPhone though, you might find replacing them on a different device - if they're even available - starts to take away the differential between it and the Mini.
Sorry for the delay in my reply JD, I really appreciate your considered and detailed input. I'd read similar views about the tactility of the casing, I think I might prefer the nexus. Good news about the glass. Slightly worried about the swiping and aspect ratio stretching, but I guess that's one of the compromises I'd have to accept by not spending the extra on an iPad.
The reality is I would be using it as, as you put it, a kindle with knobs on. I need it to replace a very expensive and very heavy work book and to give me permanent access to some other work material in the main. After that, I want to be able to control Sonos, use spotify and have a generally web browser. I don't have many expensive apple apps. I don't think I can justify a premium of £150 for the 32gb iPad, so assuming the 32gb nexus 7 is out in the next month or so it sounds like the one for me.
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No problem. If your text books are kindle ones (or pdf), then I wouldn't worry - the Kindle app is perfectly responsive from a swipey/click to turn point of view.
Yep, PDF. Good to know, thanks again.
Reading the Kindle Fire HD reviews, it seems fine if you consume all of your content from Amazon but otherwise pretty hopeless (even transferring your own mp3s seems to be a nightmare unless you pay extra to keep everything in the cloud). I will be watching the Google announcement with interest, the Nexus seems the way to go.
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