Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:03 PM
Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:21 PM
My advice is go to your local electronics store and lay hands on one or at least one the same form factor size. Weigh what you're wanting to use it for, strictly astronomy or if you're gonna play games, read, watch movies or other media. Plus, weather or not you'd utilize the differences in hardware. The Nexus 10" has only a dual core processor but does have twice the ram as the N7 so apps would probably load and be more responsive. The N10 has a micro HDMI out so you could hook it directly to a HDTV and "mirror" your screen on the device. The N10 has a rear facing camera and a front camera where as the N7 only a front. Is portability a significant factor. Another important factor to keep in mind is storage. Both the N7 and N10 have 16 and 32 GB models. My personal recommendation is to go with the 32GB model if you can afford it as neither of the Nexus tablets have MicroSD card slots so what you buy is all the storage you're gonna have. I've been a avid Android fan since my first Android phone, the Original Droid, and I've noticed as Android has grown in development so has App size as well as the data downloads sometimes attached to the functionality of the apps. Also consider if you're gonna store pics, music, movies or documents. You can fill up 16Gb faster than you think.
Ultimately I don't think you'd go wrong either way. But definitely go Nexus if you get an Android tablet because they are the direct "Plain Jane"/"vanilla" version of Android that apps are designed to work on. They don't have any of the custom "skins"/launchers other manufactures slap on Android that cause lags in updates and suck up system resources. Since the updates come from Google directly, when they announce an Android update you get system software updates in a matter of weeks(if not days) not MONTHS as typical with other manufactures that have to adapt their skin/launcher to work with the new update.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:31 PM
Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:02 PM
For most things,web browsing, magazines&books the pinch to zoom functions take care of pesky small print though zooming and shifting the page around the screen does get a tad tedious. Most reader apps like Google Books App, Kindle and the Barnes and Nobel app allow you to custom set the text size.
As I said previously though. The 10" might be fine if your predominant use would be at home and "field" use intermittently. If you plan to travel or use it a lot "on the go" I'd go 7" but that's just my personal prefference.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:43 PM
My best advice would be to go to a local store that carries both sizes and compare them directly. When I started looking for a tablet, I was pretty sure I'd be getting a 10". However, after seeing them in person, I noticed that a 10" tablet is physically almost twice the size of a 7". If I'm going to carry around something that big, it may as well be my laptop. The larger tablets are considerably more expensive as well.
Ultimately, I wound up buying the 32 Gb version of the Nexus 7. I mainly use it to run SkySafari which has a comprehensive database, and is capable of controlling my CPC scopes via Bluetooth. It's a great combination!
Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:58 PM
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:22 PM
Great idea about the red wrapping!! Sounds like it's thin enough to still use the touch screen-perfect !
Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:56 PM
And YES you CAN root a device and leave it stock. The main purpose in rooting to begin with is to be able to install a custom Recovery so you can load custom ROMs. Typically the stock recovery doesn't support loading non manufacture authorized firmwares.
Android by default has critical system files locked out as most end users don't really need to make changes to them to have a decent end user experience. The process of rooting is really the equivalent to giving you similar to Admin rights on a Win based system but since Android is in essence a custom version of Linux the term "root access" applies, hence "rooting". This means you have rights to make changes on a base system level and having that means you can really screw some stuff up if you don't know what you're doing or aren't careful (just as you can Win).. Ha Ha Ha.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:52 PM
I don't have the ATT data set up yet, so I don't know how that will be, but if it's anything like what I've seen so far with this device, it should be fine.
Oh, by the way, did I mention that I really like the Nexus 7? Thanks to all who recommended this little tablet!!
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:17 PM