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Reasons not to buy a Nexus 7Google'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 donÃ¯Â¿Â½t offer. But if you have no business buying a new gadget right now, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m 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 donÃ¯Â¿Â½t 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 itÃ¯Â¿Â½s gonna have a rear camera. At #4: ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s 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 thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s $100 more than the price of the tablet. Plus, the Q kinda looks like it will eat your children when youÃ¯Â¿Â½re 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, thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s still a ton of Flash content out there on the web. Maybe what you really want is a killer Windows 8 tablet. At #2: thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s 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 itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a refreshing change from all those 3G Honeycomb tablets that came on contract. Now, before we get to #1, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s take a look at CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s 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 theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ve started a support group. Poor bastards. Alright, and now, the #1 reason not to buy a Nexus 7: thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s no memory expansion. Considering that this was everyoneÃ¯Â¿Â½s biggest complaint on the Kindle Fire, youÃ¯Â¿Â½d think Google would have thrown it in. And that extra $50 youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll spend for the 16GB model wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t take away the sting when Samsung throws down a version with a microSD card slot any day now. So there you go, hopefully IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve tempered your Nexus 7 enthusiasm just enough to help you make a sound decision. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s still a very cool tablet, so be sure to check out Eric FranklinÃ¯Â¿Â½s full review of the Nexus 7 over on CNET. For more Top 5Ã¯Â¿Â½s like these, head over to Top5.CNET.com. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½re also on your TiVo now in HD. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.