It’s something of an unwritten rule that these countdown thingies should have either five or seven items. It just sounds better. Alas, having racked my aging brain, I can only come up with four reasons why I reckon the imminent Asus Nexus 7 is set to perform quite splendidly.
If you can think of a fifth reason, hit me up and I’ll make the necessary amendments (maybe). Also, I’ll give you 50p (not really). In the meantime, check out these four.
Essentially, the Asus Nexus 7 will follow in the Amazon Kindle Fire’s footsteps, and they was rather successful steps, bruv. The Asus Nexus 7, all going well, looks set to be even more, uhm, successfuller.
The Asus Nexus 7 is expected to come in around the $199 mark, which would easily make it the highest profile tablet in the budget category. For those reluctant to spend several hundred quid/bucks on an iPad, the Asus Nexus 7 is a no-brainer.
The Amazon Kindle Fire has already shown that there’s a market for a budget 7in tablet; it was shifting a million units a week last Christmas.
However, for various reasons, the Amazon Kindle Fire is far from perfect, and the Asus Nexus 7 will – presumably – address each of the aforementioned tablet’s shortcomings.
The Amazon Kindle Fire made a pretty big splash and produced countless headlines around the world. Heck, we’ve certainly written plenty about it. But the Amazon Kindle Fire remains – seven months after release – a US exclusive.
We think it’s pretty fair to say that the Asus Nexus 7 will receive a global release.
The Amazon Kindle Fire, as I said, sold by the bucketload, but that was despite an abundance of criticism from, er, critics.
You get what you pay for, but the Amazon Kindle Fire reportedly feels quite cheap in the old hand, even for $199; and – this is the thing that always makes me laugh – failed to include an external volume control. Amazing!
As for the Asus Nexus 7, when Google’s Eric Schmidt first spoke of a proper Nexus tablet (the Motorola Xoom almost counts) last December, he yelled: “In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.”
Somewhat surprisingly, however, next to nothing is known about the Asus Nexus 7 at this stage, other than having a 7in display and rocking a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. It's sure to be pretty solid though, to warrant the Nexus branding.
4. Google Play
One of the major shortcomings of the Amazon Kindle Fire is the restricted access to the Android Market, or “Google Play” – as it’s now known.
The Amazon Kindle Fire has its own cross-section of apps hosted in the Amazon Android Marketplace, but the Asus Nexus 7 will have access to all 89,000 Android fart apps. Success!
The Asus Nexus 7 is tipped for a Google I/O unveiling. This year’s event goes down from June 27 to June 29 (Wednesday to Friday next week). Stay tuned…