The new Nexus 7 lineup was officially announced today. $229 for 16GB or $269 for the 32GB (both Wi-Fi only) are both a pretty damn good deal, even if the prices are a slight increase over last year's models. The upgrade in resolution alone from 1280x800 to 1920x1200 is worth the price alone, in my opinion. Then there's the fact that they went with the Snapdragon S4 versus NVIDIA's Tegra, which was used last year. The S4 is probably the best bang for your buck SoC right now.
I wonder if ASUS and/or Google were able to fix the problem that many people had with the previous Nexus 7 and it become very slow and laggy over time. Rumor has it that Asus used less than stellar SSD storage, and/or the tablet doesn't support TRIM properly.
A single LTE model for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile was also announced, but a street date other than "available soon" wasn't mentioned It'll be 32GB only, and it'll sell for $349. Still not a bad deal. If you choose to go with AT&T or T-Mobile, it will work on both their HSPA+ and LTE towers. However, there is a downside if you decide to use the tablet on Verizon: it will only work on their LTE network (or your own Wi-Fi). There is not a CDMA radio in the tablet, so no Verizon 3G connectivity. And let's face it...if you're stuck on Verizon's 3G, you might as well not even be online. No harm, no foul.
cheerful hamster wrote:I can't vouch for the Wi-Fi or web browsing, but the Nook HD+ should be on your list to consider. The screen is quite beautiful. I'm perfectly happy with mine, especially since I got it after the price drop ($149).
riviera74 wrote:I know it's only a 7 inch tablet, but since it was just announced today, I thought I would mention it since your initial criteria was "8-10 inches". After all, I was only off by 1 inch. Anywho...if history repeats itself, as it often does, I would expect the next Nexus 10 to come out in November just like the previous model.Dizik, that sounds like a good idea, except for one thing: the Nexus 7 is a 7" tablet. I prefer the larger ones, around 9-10". If there is a new Nexus 10" coming out, I'm all for it.
DreadCthulhu wrote:Toshiba's Excite 10 Pro hits your check boxes - 10.1" 2560*1600 screen, Tegra 4 SoC, and it has a microSD slot.
Dizik wrote:Until I see reviews, benchmarks, etc., I'm going to avoid Tegra 4. It sounds good in theory, but so did the Tegra 3, and we all know how that worked out. Playing some of the Tegra only games was fun at first, but after a while they all seemed to be more of a technology proof-in-concept than full-fledged games. But, that was also on my OG Asus Transformer...games have more than likely improved since then. There's also the fact that Qualcomm Snapdragons have become the de facto standard for SoCs when it comes performance and reliability, and is supported by more vendors.