In the next few weeks, Google is expected to make an announcement that it was expected to make at Google I/O 2013, an announcement for the heavily rumored Nexus 7 2. The device will more than likely replace the Nexus 7 on the Google Play Store as the company’s flagship 7-inch slate. And while the prospects of the Nexus 7 2 are exciting, not everyone should be waiting for the new Nexus 7 to arrive.
In May, Google took the stage in San Francisco at its annual developers conference and made some announcements. However, those announcements pertained to many of the company’s current services, rather than new brand new products. Google did announce the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus at Google I/O, but the Galaxy S4 isn’t a new device.
The company skipped out on two of the big announcements that seemed like distinct possibilities: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a new Nexus 7 2 tablet. However, as we have learned in the weeks since, these products were just vapor, they appear to be very real.
Android 4.3 has been rumored for release a few weeks after the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus and it could be that it arrives alongside the Nexus 7 2 which is rumored for a launch in July, just like its predecessor, the Nexus 7.
Backing up the notion of a launch is the fact that an Asus-made tablet passed through the FCC with all signs pointing to it being a Nexus tablet. Seriously, the filing stated in plain English that the device would be marketed as a Nexus device.
So, it’s pretty clear that Google and Asus have something up their sleeves for the weeks ahead and it’s looking like it’s going to be a new Nexus 7, presumably called the Nexus 7 2 or Nexus 7 HD.
We’ve already discussed why consumers might want to wait for the Nexus 7 2 and now, it’s time to take a look at the flip side and look at some reasons why consumers might not want to wait for the Nexus 7 2 to arrive.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait for the Nexus 7 2
For some, the Nexus 7 2 will seem like a major update. It’s said to have a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. It’s thought to have a 1080p display. It’s also rumored to have a 5MP rear camera on board, something that the Nexus 7 did not have. However, for most users, the Nexus 7 2 is looking like an average update.
From the FCC filing, it doesn’t appear to posses any major design changes from the original Nexus 7. For many, design is a big thing and the Nexus 7 design while good, simply isn’t as good as the metal iPad mini.
The original Nexus 7 has a quad-core processor as well in the form of the Tegra 3 which will be enough horsepower for most people and the fact that a camera will be on board isn’t an upgrade at all. Tablets still make for horrible cameras.
Content consumers will love the 1080p display but for those that simply watch a few videos per week or read lots of books, the 720p HD display on devices like the Nexus 7 will be perfectly fine.
If Google was cooking up Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie for the Nexus 7 2, things might have been different. But because the hardware is an incremental upgrade and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is thought to be a minor update, the Nexus 7 2 is likely not going to be a major upgrade in the eyes of average consumers.
Software Isn’t an Upgrade
Yes, the Nexus 7 2 will be coming a year after the Nexus 7 but that doesn’t mean it will garner any benefits in terms of update speed. In fact, those who own or are thinking about buying the Nexus 7 will get updates at the same time as Nexus 7 2 owners.
Something else to think about is that Apple devices tend to possess more longevity than Android devices, even Google supported ones, so the iPad mini, which is getting outfitted with iOS 7 later this year, might be the device that some consumers should be looking closer at.
Simply put, the iPad mini is arguably the best 7-inch tablet on the market right now thanks to a solid aluminum design, a relatively cheap price, a wealth of iPad-specific apps and updates that will be arriving for years to come.
Indeed, the Nexus 7 2 will beat the iPad mini in at least one area, screen resolution. However, when it comes to software support, design, and app choices, the iPad mini is the superior device.
We should also throw in the fact that those who simply live in the Apple ecosystem, whether it’s due to a Mac, an iPhone, or both, should seriously consider the iPad mini over the Nexus 7 2 because of the cross-device benefits that iOS and OS X provide.
You Don’t Like Bugs
The Nexus 7 2 is a Nexus device and that means that it’s a developer device. And like the Google developer devices before it, the Nexus 7 2 is more than likely going to arrive with a host of bugs.
Over the past year, the Nexus 7 experience has gone from fantastic, to good, to plain bad after the update to Android 4.2. The device, for some people, simply is unusable. This has happened to plenty of Nexus devices before it, including the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
These devices do offer benefits, like vanilla Android software, but they often come with pitfalls that make owners feel like they’re guinea pigs for Google. Those that don’t like bugs will want to look at other devices that aren’t called Nexus.
You Need Tons of Storage
One of the prominent features of Google’s Nexus devices is the lack of a microSD card slot. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if Google offered Nexus devices that had tons of internal storage. It doesn’t.
Instead, it tends to offer 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of storage and the Nexus 7 2 will likely have the latter of the two. Those who need tons of storage but don’t want to depend on the cloud will want to check out other tablets, like the iPad mini 64GB or the iPad 128GB. There are also other Android tablets that possess microSD card slots for expanded storage.
For many, this won’t be a big deal, but for those that need tons of storage for gaming, movies and more, the Nexus 7 2 will be limited.