Friday, September 07


iPad Pre-review

That screen is beautiful.  It's big enough for comfortable web browsing, when the Nexus 7 really isn't.  Though for an IPS screen the viewing angles aren't that great - it loses clarity quite noticeably at even modest angles.

So far, I still prefer the (much cheaper) Nexus 7.  It's much lighter (almost exactly half the weight), easier to navigate (physically, due to the smaller size), more comfortable to hold (the rubberised back makes a big difference), and much more responsive.  

In particular, Google Play kills the App Store dead when it comes to performance.  It can take several seconds for an app to start downloading on the iPad, and you just have to sit there and wait.  If you try to select another app to download, it cancels the first request.  The Nexus 7 lets you just go blip-blip-blip.

On the other hand, I have some much more featurey apps on the iPad, like GarageBand, ArtRage, and Pages.  And I've finished my big bulk app install and won't need to go through that again for a while.  We'll see how it holds up for doing actual work - I use the Nexus 7 for reading, playing games, and checking on things, but even answering email is a chore on a screen that small.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 11:19 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Thats odd. I've never noticed the itunes store acting that way. Purchases and updates have all run concurrently as far as I've experienced.
In truth, the 10" form factor has never been an issue. I can understand 7 being a little more convenient for maneuvering on a busy bus or train and stowing away when on the move.
I just wish for faster screen refresh on the iPad. Its a little laggy for ssh.

Posted by: Andrew at Sunday, September 09 2012 12:51 PM (Ob5uo)

2 Okay, maybe a network issue then.  I'll see how it goes over the next few weeks.

As for the size and weight - the iPad is certainly much lighter and easier to hold than a notebook, but the Nexus 7 is so light that you don't notice the weight at all.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, September 09 2012 04:33 PM (PiXy!)

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