With most of spring anime have finished airing and while waiting for the next summer anime title to start airing, I decided to write about this new gadget that is just revealed yesterday. Before I go into details about that new high-tech toy I must say I’m not into the summer anime “Kingdom” which already had its 4th episode aired by the time of writing (the character design is just not my type). Back into the gadget, it is none other but the freshly baked “Googlet” (Google tablet) named Google Nexus 7.
A device with the ’7′ moniker but powered by Android “Jelly Bean”. I am jelly.
Made by ASUS, this is tablet is beautiful in terms of looks and build quality and kudos to ASUS for keeping up their reputation with the release of this new toy. Sporting a 7″ (thus the “7″ moniker) 1280×800 Corning glass display, 10hrs of web browsing/e-reading, powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU and pre-loaded with Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean”, this is perhaps the most powerful 7″ tablet so far. However the device is quite a “crippled-down” one if it were to be compared with the offerings from Samsung and the likes.
The first thing I’d look for in a tablet is the availability of a microSD card slot, which this tablet has none but to only rely on its internal storage (8 or 16 GB available). That much is not bad but I could customize it by myself I would make it with 4 GB internal memory plus 32 GB expandable via microSD card. After all with it supporting memory card it could virtually support unlimited storage capacity because the only limit would be how many memory card you could carry at one time.
Another thing that is missing is there is no 3G/4G version available which is quite a turn off factor for me though they might have not considered it to keep the price down ($199 for 8 GB version). Other than that there’s no back-facing camera present, though it wasn’t a big deal to me but then with the announcement of Microsoft Surface more than a week ago I changed my mind a bit. There are more than one way to use a back-facing camera on a tablet despite that thing is too huge to be a real picture snapper.
For example Microsoft have mentioned about how the back-facing camera would be useful in a meeting where you could even record the meeting itself if you wanted to. I on the other hand imagined that if I were an interviewer recruiting new staff for my company I could use it to record the footage of the interview itself. For now I think I want Microsoft Surface better but considering that this is a reference design for Android Jelly Bean tablet I think I could ignore all of its shortcomings.
The so-called “the world’s first social streaming media player” that looks beautiful but can’t do much by itself.
At the same time Google launched their first streaming media player named Nexus Q that is just yet another streaming player but with a spherical shape and integrated with Google Music (as one would expect). By my definition it is nowhere close enough to be called a media player because it has no control and no display to know what’s playing. The only way you could control it is via your Android phone/tablet as it has no playback control and the only thing you could control is power on/off and the volume.
Ports for “banana” audio plugs, network, optical S/PDIF, micro HDMI, micro USB, you name it.
Other than the audio/network/power related ports at the back of the player unit I’m not sure what exactly the micro USB port is for. I sure hope that it means there’s a way to control this device from a PC interface because although I have an Android phone it doesn’t mean that I’m happy with that as the only way to interface with it. Well for its design/shape there’s no way to put a display on it though because hey who’d want a spherical display even for a small computer like this?
Yes it is a computer because you know what, it is powered by Android 4.0 (ICS) and comes with 16GB internal storage (priced at $299). For me the only acceptable reason of it using Android is to allow it to interface with Google Music, Google TV and Youtube but you can’t play Angry Birds on it. If only it was designed to come with a dock so that it could connect to a touchscreen display and act as an Android desktop (now that would be cool).
Google recommended the premium-priced Triad bookshelf speaker for this baby, meaning that the speaker they recommended is pricier than the player itself (or as much as the player + 1 Android device to control it). Another accessory they recommended is the audio cable with the “banana” plugs with length tailored to fit the player’s unique shape. All are available from Google Play store but as the time of writing it is only available in the US (typical ‘evil’ Google).
So will I get the player too? Even if I have money I don’t think I would buy it or any “streaming player” at that because I can’t imagine a situation where I would need it. Just like games, audio is also pretty much a personal experience to me and I am not compelled to share let alone stream my stuff even if it means sharing with friends and family. Well I’m able to say this because my preferences are always different from nearly everybody I know so I’ve got used to it.