So, a friend got my ipad2 smashed up in december, in drunken stupor - we were using it for music (via spotify) at an xmas party, and it slipped out of his hands - bother. It still works, but has a bunch of cracks in the screen, and the glass has started cracking off in one of the corners. So I'm not going to be dragging that along and make matters worse. I'm considering getting the screen replaced, but the places I've found so far were a bit expensive. Tried snapping some pictures of the broken screen, but couldn't get the angle/flash right, so the cracks weren't visible >_<
So, the logical thing was of course to buy a new tablet. It seemed silly to buy a new ipad2, and ipad3 was out of the question because it's even heavier than the already heavy ipad2. I considered an ipad mini - same specs as ipad2 but smaller... seemed interesting, smaller screen means better pixel density. Still, the resolution itself (1024x768) is slightly small, and sometimes the ipad2 feels slightly slow (complex websites, mostly). And then there's all that about cr
Apples extremely closed ecosystem, Calibre probably not working on iOS6, et cetera. Decided to check out the competition, and ASUS' Nexus 7
looked interesting - higher resolution (1280x800), much more CPU juice, a clean Android (without any of the "value added" junk), and DKK1254 (USD226) cheaper than the iPad mini...
So, after playing around a bit with a colleague's N7 this friday, I went out and bought one after work. So far it's been a really nifty experience. Back when I bought my iPad2, the android tablets felt cheap - not the hipster-lame "zomg this is sooo gaudy" kind of cheap, but the "I'm afraid this plastic will break" cheap, they cost about the same as the iPads, and were sluggish as hell
. The N7 GUI is extremely smooth, it feels sturdy, and I by far prefer the soft plastic back to the iPad aluminium - it's nicer to the touch, especially in cold wintertime Scandinavia
. Oh, and you're not stuck with Chrome, you can install firefox (and adblock!) if you want to. FREEDOM!
So, here's a few action pics:Gadget WEEKENDS Gadget WEEKENDS Gadget WEEKENDS Gadget WEEKENDS
The screen is slightly
small for reading PDFs, but it works OK - and the higher resolution (and PPI) definitely makes them look better.