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What the new Nexus 7 tablet means for photographers

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Google debuted the second iteration of its popular Nexus 7 tablet today at a San Francisco press conference, inciting excitement amongst fans of the Android device and plenty of comparisons to Apple's iPad mini. Of course we're most interested in how this second-gen device might fit into a photographer's workflow.

First off, the 7-inch screen is sharper, making the new Nexus 7 an even better portable portfolio and image editing tool. The resolution is now 1920x1200 with a pixel density of 323 ppi (the old model was 1280x800 and 216ppi), which should let you show off photos nicely, or get some quick editing done on the go using a compatible app. Some of our favorite photography-related apps for Android tablets should work even better on the new model: Dropbox for photo storage and management, and both Snapseed and Photo Editor by Aviary for mobile photo editing.

A new primary 5-megapixel camera won't replace anything else you're shooting with, but might do in a pinch, and is certainly better than only having the 1.2MP front-facing camera available on the first-gen Nexus 7. A good capture app like ProCapture or Camera Zoom FX could make the most of the new 5MP camera.

It's even easier to take with you at 2mm slimmer and 50 grams lighter.

Google says the battery life is longer: Google promises more than nine hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or reading. Total battery life of the old model was listed as nine hours, but this estimate may have been high according to user reviews.

It's powerful: A 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro should keep the tablet speedy and responsive even when handling large files.

It's also the first device to ship with Android 4.3, the newest version of Android.

Google's new Nexus 7 will come in a 16GB Wi-Fi model ($229), a 32GB Wi-Fi model ($269) and an unlocked 32GB 4G LTE version ($349). The Wi-Fi models will become available first, starting on July 30 in the U.S. Availability in additional countries will follow.

There's a lot of comparisons to be made between the new Nexus 7 and last year's iPad mini, and currently the Android model appears to offer more bang for your buck:

 New Nexus 7iPad mini
Memory 2GB 512MB
Screen resolution 1920x1200, 323 ppi 1024x768, 163 ppi
Battery life 9-10 hours, depending on use 9-10 hours, depending on use
Processing power 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1 GHz dual-core A5
Camera specs 1.2MP front camera, 5MP primary camera 1.2MP front camera, 5MP primary camera
Pricing $229 (16GB Wi-Fi), $269 (32GB Wi-Fi), $349 (32GB 4G LTE) $329 (16GB Wi-Fi), $429 (32GB Wi-Fi), $529 (64GB Wi-Fi), $459 (16GB 4G LTE), $559 (32GB 4G LTE), $659 (64GB 4G LTE)

 

Let's hear from you: Are you interested in the new Nexus 7?

Comments

Total comments: 95
markwy

Download Nexus Media Importer. Buy an otg cable dedicated to the Nexus, use good quality SD cards (Kingston) and flash drives (Sandisk). Add on Vplayer and you have unlimited memory extension of your Nexus 7. You can view photos and avi videos off your dslr's SD card and you can export to it. If you are lucky the Nexus will drive an external HDD. Download Kingsoft Office and you can read and edit Word files on the external drive.
In fact the Nexus operates as an e/eternal drive. I believe there is also an app for WiFi cameras. It all works perfectly. Mark

1 upvote
solman

How do You download photos from a memory card. Unlike iPad mini there is no connector for memory card.

0 upvotes
San Francisco Jerry

The Nexus 7, 2nd generation is my first tablet & I love it. The pictures are astonishing for such a small lens. I took pictures not expecting much, but in several shots under different lightning conditions I was amazed. The camera has several features. I had never had a pan-scenic function before & will now find it much easier to do panoramas. The Nexus 7 screen has more resolution than my computer monitor & displays pictures in all their glory. It wont replace my Canon but will be a nice device to have on my next trip. It wont be my primary camera as I am not comfortable holding this type of device for picture taking. I need something I can grip in my hands & not fear that it will fall.

The price is great for a device with so many features.

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jack Hoggard

Why isn't this available in the Gear List?

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2001

l just picked up my ipad , one thing I've always despised and will always despise is the photo sync via iphoto . Would really love to see drag and drop arrive to the ipad. As it stands the Google Nexus screen coupled with the swift, painless, simplicity of getting photos on and off this tablet may be enough of a reason to get it, in spite storage , usb host (?) and other issues. Although my ipad 3 is a magnificent piece of hardware, it's painfully incapacitated by un necessarily slow, complex and convoluted software that at times feels as though it were vindictively designed by engineers who despise photographers

0 upvotes
the Mtn Man

Google "nexus problems". Hopefully this new Nexus will be better.

For the sake of comparison, Google something like "samsung galaxy tab 2 problems" and note the stark difference in search results.

1 upvote
CameraLabTester

This is one of those gadgets where you have to buy it before finding out why you need it.

Hypnotic. (but in the digital age, hypnotic lasts only a few weeks...)

.

2 upvotes
Jim Fenton

how god or bad is the screen color fidelity? Loved the Nexus 10 but the colors were horrible.

0 upvotes
IslandBased

One benefit of the original Nexus 7 is the pogo connector. Used with the accessory stand, you can connect both a charger cable and a DSLR camera at the same time. The new Nexus 7 lacks the pogo connector.

0 upvotes
Pedagydusz

For me, as a photographer, there are two very important questions:
1. Is it possible to use it to fully control a wi-fi enabled camera? I don't mean just to transfer photos, but to use the camera tethered, so to speak, via Wi-Fi, with full live view and command of parameters?
2. Can an external USB hard drive, or SSD, be used with this device? That is not possible with the iPad, for example. I wonder if the mini-USB port allows that

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martink3S04

You should be able to if you root it. I have the first gen Nexus 7 and use it all the time to transfer files directly from my camera card to the tablet's memory, where I can then sort using the Gallery App or edit it with Photomate Pro (a very powerful editor). Unlike the ipad, the Android systems have a full hierarchical file system that allows for folders, copy and paste, delete, etc.

On a remote trip, my work flow would be as follows:

1. Shoot in Raw+jpeg
2. Remove SD card and connect to Nexus using a 4-in-1 card reader from Juiced Systems (or others- runs around $20-$30 on Amazon)
3. Open the SD card using Stickmount and Jumble File Manager. Cut and paste all jpegs to a folder on the tablet.
4. On the tablets Gallery app, sort through the jpegs, deleting any unwanted shots
5. When I get back to the computer, move the jpegs back into the raw folder and delete any raws not accompanied by a matching jpeg.

Sorting this way has saved a ton of time.

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AdisX

You can shoot RAW only and for review use RawDroid. It's free and fast enough, can delete, rate, mark, show full metadata (exif), zoom fast to 100% preview and so on.
Just try it!

0 upvotes
2001

If you have a Samsung NX with wifi you can do this by downloading the Samsung app . I can do this using my Samsung NX 1000 with my iPad and my Galaxy note 2 phone. As far as I know Samsung is the only camera that provides full wifi tethered shooting. For other cameras I use an Eye Fi card

0 upvotes
Crypticmx

I have a Sony RX100-II and you can also just do it by simply downloading its app. You can use it to view and select files to transfer or control the camera remotely

0 upvotes
DonnaRead54

I have a 'first edition' N7 and love it to edit on the fly! I have a wifi card in my camera which uploads automatically and I use Snapseed for quick edits. On bigger projects I start in PS or Picasa depending how much work is needed, upload to Dropbox, finish my edit in Snapseed (It has some fun effects) on the tablet (usually in bed at night!) and reload to DB for filing. Love my N7 but of course there's always a v2.0, 3.0, 3.3 and on to infinity but basic bells and whistles are the same.

1 upvote
UncleSanguine

I'm surprised this article didnt touch on the concept of using the tablet as a Live-View screen on a DSLR. as a photographer, this is the main thing that concerns me. the last Nexus 7 supported USB-host (a protocol needed for a tablet to support Live-view apps) but Google surprised alot of people by disabling support for it on the Nexus 4, after promising it during its launch.

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AdisX

You can root.

0 upvotes
Michaels7

I want to order it, but I haven't seen any mobile carriers that sell it.

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G Davidson

Well I suppose the main differences are the rear camera making at least suitable for picture-taking of something other than a selfie and the sharper screen, though the screen on my older Nexus 7 is pretty sharp itself. For me a 7-inch tablet isn't all that big and I might use it now and then for snaps.

What may surprise many is how much some people love to use their tablet for photography. The large screen, as big as a print, gives you a great sense of the final result and it is easy to touch to focus. It's a bit like the experience of a large format camera, so yes, before too long some pro or other will popularise it in Chase Jarvis style.

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IslandBased

There are programs such as Helicon Remote that allow you to control some dslr cameras via an OTG USB cable.
My Nexus 7 works with my Nikon D90. I just found a .5 meter mini-b to micro-b OTG cable by by Lindy, DPReview might think about offering a similar product in the GearShop.

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WazzaP

I'd be more interested to hear about the colour accuracy. It's the main reason I've stayed clear of most top end android devices. Samsung generally have the worst but most oversaturate the colours. Apple products are generally pretty good.

0 upvotes
IcyPepsi

I agree with the color accuracy thing. But i don't know of any Apple prod supporting 100% of even sRGB. That makes me wonder why so many photographers use Apple monitors. Am i missing anything

0 upvotes
AdisX

First genaration of Nexus 7 has good screen with just little bit too low blue color.

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BRPWS

I am still trying to figure out the title. "What the new Nexus 7 tablet means for photographers".....
I am not reading what it offers. How do you get images from memory card to device? I thought the Ipad was a pain because it needs an adapter. This device offers zero difference for photographers. May as well be a Kindle.

4 upvotes
martink3S04

Android tablets support USB "on the go". This allows for special device with micro-usb plugs to be connected. Amazon carries any number of card readers, USB adapters, etc for cheap. The catch is, in order to support USB storage, you need to root the tablet (very easy, but will "technically" void the warrantee... just remember to unroot it if you have to send it in for anything). Samsung tablets and phones already have that capability without needing root. That feature alone is worth the price of admission!

0 upvotes
peevee1

They could totally include SD slot, not even microSD - this is not a phone, there is plenty of space. Just decided not to.
At least it is Nexus, they update software for a while. All other Android devices get updated late (if ever) and maybe once - basically throw-aways.
Strange that my Nexus 4 is not asking for upgrade to Android 4.3 yet, while the tablets with it are already in the stores...

2 upvotes
GURL

"They could have at least mentioned that some tablets can be used for camera control" (W5JCK)

As tablet screens are larger and better defined than camera small screens they actually should test camera control + image preview + image display on tablets, but:
- Live-view images on a tablet are suffering from the low definition used for these small camera screens (this explains why an actual but not saved shoot is available as a preview with Helicon Focus.)
- Either the camera or the tablet must be on a tripod and setting both on the same tripod is not easy.
- Tethered USB enable camera control for some but not all cameras.
- It looks like camera control using wifi is never possible (?)
- Whether wifi is fast enough to be useful is left unknown by camera tests (Eyefi cards included.)

0 upvotes
nonuniform

I wish Wacom would come out with a pressure sensitive tablet already.

1 upvote
dccdp

There already exists. Samsung Galaxy Note.

0 upvotes
Jake Loves Good Glass

There is also the Microsoft surface. It comes with a stylus, is pressure sensitive, and can run full versions of adobe or other editing programs. This should be the graphics makers' dream device.

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2001

The only thing that really stands out for me is the screen. knowing what it's really like would be great. Let's hope ppi doesn't become another variation of the megapixel myth. That said, aside from being woefully incapacitated in terms of external storage, tablets can be very useful as external monitors, and viewing editing and emailing photos. Tablets may give photographers wings but steal the sky with slow wireless uploads and tiny storage.

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William Blair

"Let's hope ppi doesn't become another variation of the megapixel myth."

It already is. Plug the LCD dimension and resolution info into an online HD theater optimum viewing distance calculator and you'll get a 4.2 to 9.1" range for optimum viewing distance meaning that any further than 9.1" from the LCD, you won't notice the increase in resolution. These resolutions on small LCDs are absurd and a byproduct of marketing and the fact that the graphics processor must already be powerful enough to handle the 1080p HDMI output anyway.

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William Blair

"aside from being woefully incapacitated in terms of external storage"

External USB drives, both flash and (self-powered) hard drive, can be attached and used with a $3.99 application Nexus Media Importer (and exporter). Apps are tiny in comparison to what they are on PCs, so even the smaller 16GB internal flash model can hold every app I could possibly want. MP3s, videos, etc. are on external storage and used via the USB port.

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Fellwalker

I've run out of space on both my nexus 4 and nexus 7 16GB. I've had to remove apps and clear data and cache. I have NO music or films on this, and no photos on the n7. for me 32GB is the minimum acceptable. I'll probably change just for that.

1 upvote
NetMage

Tablets are used for different things then HD TVs - mainly, reading. Typography needs much higher resolution at close range then moving images.

2 upvotes
Delacosta

I refuse to buy a device like this that does not include an SD slot.
Its only omitted so that consumers can be squeezed out of $40 for 16GB extra internal memory.

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luxinacio

good

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spitfire31

No.

I'm not interested.

Now you've heard from me. ;-)

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jtan163

So what will the Nexus 7 mean for photographers.
Spec sheet.
Doesn't really suggest any particular way that the Nexus 7 will be particularly different for photographers.
I usually skip these posts because I don't care about spec sheets.
But since this article is titled to suggest that it was going to discuss how the tool might be used or change the status quo for photographers, I thought I'd take the chance.
Stupid of me.
I know it's a slow news week.

7 upvotes
W5JCK

Yep, just another stupid article on DPReview about smartphones/tablets. They could have at least mentioned that some tablets can be used for camera control, but they didn't... This article did little more than cause a flaming war between Applephiles and Fandroids. Waste of time!

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tompabes2

Ok, there are two distinct websites:
- dpreview, for camera related stuff
- connect, for smartphone/tablet related stuff
If you don't want to read about smartphones and tablets, why do read and comment articles on Connect?

1 upvote
NetMage

While I disagree with the comment, this article is linked from the front page of DPReview, so it is certainly fair game on the not relevant scale.

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NJOW

Some information on the colour gamut the screen covers would be nice. iPad had a notable advantage over Google stuff previously...

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technic

not just gamut but also other display properties like how accurate are the displayed colors for the standard sRGB color space, how much variation between individual devices, is it possible to calibrate the screen, contrast/black level, how even is the background illumination etc.
Those things are important for photographers (maybe more than just high resolution), especially if you use the tablet as a portable portfolio or for judging new images.

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NJOW

+1 as jtan163 says above, the article is really a regurgitated spec sheet with a misleading header...nothing to see here!

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Shamael

apple is testing the 13 incher, and I just live with hope that we will see them on the market. It would open the world of tablets for those that seek a tool to work with. Everything smaller than that is toys for children. Beyond 5 inches, it is not pocketable, so, carrying a case with a 7, a 9, a 10, or a 13 incher, what does it matter. I will not buy a tablet until a 13 incher is on the market.
Some companies have made 22 inchers, but here, I do not know what it is good for. If I wanna work on such a large tool, I can buy a 23 inch Cintiq from Wacom.

Just add also that no tablet without an external storage slot will ever enter in my place. I do not know what a tablet without external storage is good for. With some cards in a matchbox, I can have my photocollections, my videos, my bookstore, just anything, with ma all time.

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NetMage

Perhaps you should talk to the millions who are using those "toys" for very real work before rushing to judgement on something you haven't tried.

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CameraLabTester

They are all starting to look the same.

All bland. Just fighting for internal tech attention...

The first one to come out with shooting mode, exposure compensation dials and playback buttons will smoke all of them.

.

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johnny 99

I don't get the demand for a micro-SD card slot. Once you start storing apps on the micro-SD card (like almost all Android users do), you cannot remove the micro-SD and expect the device to keep working. Having the memory sealed into the device makes it sturdier and thinner.

A full sized SD card slot would be nice, but it is easy enough to plug a card reader into the micro-USB port (using an OTG cable).

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technic

IMHO the demand for a cardslot (especially SD type) is mostly for fast access to data like images and videos, not for apps.

The problem with external attachments is that you can forget to bring them along, or they get damaged or lost while in use on location. Anything that sticks out is a hazard for portable devices. And having to attach a cable or adapter frequently is a risk in itself (damaged tiny connectors etc.).

6 upvotes
ptodd

I think people like to have the option of a cheap semi-permanent memory upgrade, especially given the premium that device manufacturers (Apple especially) tend to charge for storage. I know I appreciated that on my old phone and miss it on my new one.

3 upvotes
dccdp

That is not the only usage scenario. I miss having a micro SD card slot even with my 32 GB Nexus 7. I don't need it to install apps on it, i need it to be able to rapidly switch different large photo collections that I could store on different cards.

Moreover, it's much easier and much faster to copy large amounts of data from the computer to a SD card directly, instead of using the cable and the slow transfer protocols the current Nexus provides.

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ChesterY

I get and and share everyone's desire for a memory card slot, but people should stop feeling disappointed in their absence from Google handheld devices.

Google makes and sells these devices to propagate their platform, which is all about shifting people from local to cloud storage. So that you use their platform to access all your data, so that you will see ads while doing so.

So they will never build in memory card slots. Local storage is antithetical to what they are trying to achieve, overall, and specifically with these devices.

3 upvotes
TrojMacReady

While in general you're right, Google sells (in their own playstore) devices with cardslots too now, such as the Google edition of the Samsung S4.

1 upvote
SirSeth

Great screen specs, front and rear cameras for skype, new Android, great price. Yay.

2 upvotes
dylanbarnhart

The old Nexus 7 is plagued with quality issues, especially with the screen cracking by itself. Let's see if Google improved the build quality on this newer version.

4 upvotes
TrojMacReady

Let's see if Asus improved build quality. ;)

Some of the Asus transformer tablets (T700 for example) have similar issues.

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tompabes2

Cracking by itself? LOL.. let's say that people probably put the tablet in their pockets… we have 3 nex7 in the family and didn't run in any quality issue.

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Stu 5

tompabes2 some Nexus 7 tablets shipped with a screen defect which means that the screen lifts slightly away from the plastic bezel.

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martink3S04

My Nexus has been pretty tough, but it did develop a strange yellowish cast across the edges of the screen. It doesn't render it unuseable, but it is annoying and not a promising indicator of the quality of those screens. Hope this generation is better...

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technic

1920x1200 pixels sounds great for portable portfolio (16GB of storage is way over 10.000 images in native resolution), checking images on the road (if ones camera has a crappy LCD) or hooking up to cameras with NFC/Wifi. But without an SD card slot it becomes a lot less practical for the average photographer; I'm not interested in storing my images in the NSA cloud. Extra devices are required to make things work and the whole thing becomes a bit of a kludge.

IMHO the primary competition is the new 7" Asus tablet which has a 1280x800 IPS screen, microSD card slot and lower price. I would be interested to know how display quality compares between the two (calibration not really possible I assume?).

The iPad mini is NO competition, it is way behind on many of the specs; although I guess it helps if there is more photo software available on iOS.

9 upvotes
joe6pack

The older Nexus 7 can still take SD card via a USB adapter.

But I agree, the upcoming Asus 7" HD tablet is going to be very interesting.

1 upvote
Nikonworks

Sub-title:
"Google takes a big bite out of the Apple".

8 upvotes
Stu 5

It's not happened with their last tablet and there is no reason why it will happen now unless they suddenly improve build quality. It is cheaper but it feels even cheaper than the price when you handle it.

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William Blair

Build feel is cheaper because it is cheaper, considerably cheaper, so I'll put up with any minor "feel" difference. The score for tablets last quarter was 56% Android, 42% iOS, with Apple's share continuously declining and Android's continuously rising.

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TrojMacReady

Actually, it did happen with the previous 7 inch tablet. Android tablets already outsell iOS tablets and Google is one of the top 2 Android sellers.

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martink3S04

I'll take cheaper feel for ~$250 vs ~$350 since the way I handle things, it won't look nice for long anyways. I have the Iphone 5 and it is already pretty scuffed up. I'd rather use my toys than show em off. I personally don't see my gen 1 Nexus 7 (which is coming on 9 months old now) living much more than another 6 months or so anyways ;-)

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zaurus

As universally acknowledged, even the 1st generation Nexus 7 was far superior, and cheaper to, and preceding the iPad Mini -- both hardware and software wise.

Why did you not post a table then for everyone to see? Huh?

NOW you are posting a table, but talking it down: Yes, the Nexus 7 is superior, but to the old iPad Mini.

Talk about iSheep and their defence mechanisms -- it's really pathetic to what extremes they are willing to go.

7 upvotes
abortabort

The only rabid fanboy here is you.

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GURL

323 dpi ? that's a lot of dpi !

I'm quite doubtful about images on a 7" 1920x1200 tablet being actually better than 1024x768, 163 ppi ones. I'm using a 11" 1920x1200 tablet and, as I'm VERY short-sighted, I often use it at a very short distance from my nose (like 8" ~ 20 cm) and can't discern any pixel.

Besides that 7", 11" and even larger tablets having the same screen definition is good news: I'm tired to have to use the "Request desktop site" option and having to use apps designed for a much smaller phone screen.

A 5 MP camera is more than enough for a 2.3 MP screen if (but only if) the lens is not not good enough for "crop-zooming".

:-) I would like to glue a compact Wifi + NFC camera to my tablet but hopefully Nokia will market a Pure View tablet before that...

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duartix

Believe me. People with regular to good vision do notice it. Photos aren't critical but I can tell form a distance jagged text and there is nothing worse than that.

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tompabes2

Oh, come on, if you think that there's no difference between a 1024x768 tablet and the nexus 7 (even the "old" generation) then you have never tried one, or… it's time to get a new pair of glasses… :-)

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Kendall Helmstetter Gelner

It's a nice tablet but there are still a lot more really good photo editing applications on the iPad, included Apple's own iPhoto which makes a very excellent and quick 100% examination tool. To a large degree the possible selection of software should be even more important to choosing a device than just the hardware.

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zaurus

Instead of cheap general talk, please substantiate how exactly is the photo-related selection on Android inferior? And how about applications, like Photo Mate for Android which are unmatched on iOS?

Oh, and in addition to Android having a better hardware selection, it also has the superior operating system resulting in a faster, smoother system overall.
I hope you will not try to compare Android 4.2 to the slow and partial rip-off that's called iOS 6?

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JerryFn

No one flags up that the ipad does not have GPS or NFC. IMHO folk who buy them can't really use them too much so just opt for easy peasy. Not even comparable now. Apple is cider.

4 upvotes
W5JCK

I guess having roids really makes people crabby and narrowminded. Instead of getting mad if someone mentions an iPad, try putting your mouth in sleep mode! Truth is the iPad has APPs that are just as good and better than the crAPPs found on Android.

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NetMage

The original N7 lacked GPS and the cellular iPad mini has GPS, and the uses for NFC can be counted on one finger for most. Anything else?

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Rolf Kristian Snilsberg

The original Nexus 7 has gps (both the wifi only and cellular edition), unlike the Ipad mini wifi.

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martink3S04

Photomate Pro (with the raw developer option) is probably the best $10 I ever spent. Its handling and features punch way above its weight class. It can't do selections the way that PS Touch can (which is on iOS and Android as well) but it does have some pretty sophisticated tools (curves, whitebalance, raw conversion, etc)

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mosswings

I frankly don't worry that much about the lack of an SD card slot, but my usage pattern may differ from yours. I use a wireless SD card reader/hub from Kensington, which lets me back up all my images directly to a portable HDD, and I can still access those images from the tablet wirelessly at relatively good speed since the HDD looks just like another file directory to the tablet. I don't store a ton of programs, image files, or other media on the tablet itself, keeping the on-board memory reserved for those essential programs and files that I can't keep in outboard storage. At 32GB, I would be quite satisfied with the bang/buck of this tablet in my present usage model.

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techmine

The lack of micro SD card slot is a big let down. I waited for this device long enough to be disappointed for one small reason. there are lots of positives here - screen resolution, latest jb, powerful cpu, enough RAM.

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technic

agree about the lack of a card slot, but for most photographers microSD isn't very useful either as we use SD or CF (or other cards) in our cameras, and even if microSD can be used with an adapter in the camera there is probably a price/speed penalty.

I really would like an internal SD card slot (anything that sticks out may be damaged or get lost on the road), but I'm not holding my breath because of all the space constraints in these tablets.

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dccdp

@technic There is no price or speed penalty when using microSD in an SD adapter. Just buy a decent brand and you won't notice any difference.

I use microsd cards in my cameras regularly, and when my old tablet had a memory card slot it was great to just get the card from the camera, insert it, and view the pictures in seconds. Sadly, my current tablet doesn't have a microSD slot, and I now miss a very useful feature.

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technic

@dccdp:
So the fastest SD cards are available for the same price in micro-SD format? I haven't checked lately, but that would be nice. And another plus for the new Asus Memopad HD7.

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William Blair

"So the fastest SD cards are available for the same price in micro-SD format?'

Yes, for the maximum speed I use which is 6. Don't know about others. I buy nothing but microSD and just use an adapter when needed.

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MarioV

I have the previous Nexus 7. These are very good devices. Only issue is that, over a few months, the battery steadily loses the ability to hold a charge for very long when in standby mode. Higher res and 50g lighter are nice, but doesn't make me rush to upgrade.

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Combatmedic870

Wipe battery stats and do a battery cycle discharge.
1.Kill the battery completely (when it dies turn it back on, over and over until it doesnt turn back on)
2.Then charge it fully and completely
3. wipe battery stats
4 kill it again(look up a really long 42 hour movie on you tube and play it and leave it) make sure its completely dead. as in wont turn on
5 Charge it up COMPLETELY again and enjoy!

This is the best way to do it. Theres other ways, but this has always worked best for me with built in batteries.
If you want it done FAST and will work ok and, skip # 1

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MarioV

Thanks. Will give it a try some time.

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Mark Alan Thomas

Fandroids are the new iSheep.

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irm

is it true multi-tasking or is all that computing power a marketing ploy? One day Apple will wake and make an ipad/ipad mini into a true multi-tasking toy.
I have an ipad and an ipad mini also tablet for work. I am not fussed either way, but for photography quick and dirty yes, if you left the real camera home, otherwise buy a real camera.

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dccdp

@irm It's true multitasking.

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William Blair

"Only issue is that, over a few months, the battery steadily loses the ability to hold a charge for very long when in standby mode."

You should have returned it under warranty. I had an HP Touchpad do exactly the same thing. I returned it for warranty repair, got it back a week later (2nd day shipping paid both ways by HP) with a new battery that has worked great since.

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William Blair

"Fandroids are the new iSheep."

No, I just don't buy prestige hardware where I know insane markups are being charged. Price/performance are important to me and if the lower cost device does everything I need and want, I buy it and don't care who makes it. If Apple ever does that, I'll buy one.

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NetMage

Or buy an iPad and don't worry about standby time, or battery issues.

I think the N7 is great for what it is, but the amount of hassle some are willing to put up with for a $100 savings amazes me.

(BTW, don't use all your memory on the OG N7 either, or you will be slowing down all the time.)

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