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CNET Top 5: Reasons not to buy a Nexus 7

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CNET Top 5: Reasons not to buy a Nexus 7

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Google's Nexus 7 is the hottest tablet on CNET right now, but it's not perfect. Here are the top five reasons you should pass.

Forget the iPad. The hottest tablet on CNET right now is the Google Nexus 7. It has the price of a Kindle Fire, and features like NFC, Google Wallet, and Android 4.1, that other tablets just don�t offer. But if you have no business buying a new gadget right now, I�m here to talk you down. In this episode of Top 5, I have the best reasons to skip the Nexus 7 and wait for something better. Starting off the list at #5: no rear camera. Personally, I don�t get why people want to take pictures with their tablet, but people are doing it. Like, a disturbing amount of people. If Apple comes out with an iPad Mini this year, you know it�s gonna have a rear camera. At #4: There�s no video output. That pretty much rules this thing out for giving presentations or hooking Angry Birds up to your TV. You could spend $300 on a Nexus Q for the privilege of wirelessly beaming a sliver of your tablet content to your TV, but that�s $100 more than the price of the tablet. Plus, the Q kinda looks like it will eat your children when you�re not looking. Still not convinced? How about #3: no Adobe Flash support. Adobe is giving up on Flash for Mobile and, as of Android 4.1, Android is giving up on Flash. And yet, there�s still a ton of Flash content out there on the web. Maybe what you really want is a killer Windows 8 tablet. At #2: there�s no cellular data option. Wi-Fi is great around the house, but a lot of people want the same pay-as-you-go data coverage offered on the iPad. But hey, at least it�s a refreshing change from all those 3G Honeycomb tablets that came on contract. Now, before we get to #1, let�s take a look at CNET�s list of Top Budget Tablets. Who would have guessed that the iPad would be facing so much competition from $200 tablets. As for the non-iPad tablets priced at $500 and up ...I hear they�ve started a support group. Poor bastards. Alright, and now, the #1 reason not to buy a Nexus 7: there�s no memory expansion. Considering that this was everyone�s biggest complaint on the Kindle Fire, you�d think Google would have thrown it in. And that extra $50 you�ll spend for the 16GB model won�t take away the sting when Samsung throws down a version with a microSD card slot any day now. So there you go, hopefully I�ve tempered your Nexus 7 enthusiasm just enough to help you make a sound decision. It�s still a very cool tablet, so be sure to check out Eric Franklin�s full review of the Nexus 7 over on CNET. For more Top 5�s like these, head over to Top5.CNET.com. We�re also on your TiVo now in HD. I�m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.
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