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
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
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
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
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
Now, before we get to #1, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s take a look at CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s list of Top
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.
Alright, and now, the #1 reason not to buy a Nexus 7: thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s no
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.
still a very cool tablet, so be sure to check out Eric FranklinÃ¯Â¿Â½s full
review of the Nexus 7 over on CNET.
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these, head over to Top5.CNET.com.
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IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.