Google Nexus 7 winging its way towards me — 6 Comments

  1. I’ll be very interested in your reaction to the smaller size. I’ve had the original Nexus 7 for about a year, and I use it constantly. The size seems good to me but I have never used a larger tablet for more than a few minutes so I have no basis for comparison.

  2. The size is one of the things I’m very interested in. I have an iPhone 5 and an iPad 2. If I’m just sitting around, even if both are within hands’ reach, I almost inevitably reach for the iPhone. I like the iPad, but I think it’s too heavy to use all the time.

    And I never bring the iPad up to my bedroom for reading at night. It’s too large and heavy to hold while lying down to read a book. But the iPhone is really too small for reading a book.

    I’m thinking the new Nexus 7 might be just right – almost book size – and the new display is supposed to be very comfortable for reading.

    So I look forward to trying that out.

  3. I have read many, many novels on my Nexus 7, I’m sure you’ll love it for that. I find though that while I often check my email and RSS feeds on it, for any kind of detailed response (like this one) I generally move to a computer with an actual keyboard. Typing on the Nexus 7, for me at least, is just not very much fun.

  4. I wonder if it has a dictation feature, like on my iPhone 5. If I respond to email and stuff from my iPhone I prefer to dictate as much as possible. Even with corrections it’s faster than typing things in.

  5. Yes, dictation is a standard Android feature. It works better for some people than for others – I often dictate short responses but if I talk too fast it stumbles badly. I have learned to talk like a robot when dictating, in a monotone with distinct spaces between words. Jeanne doesn’t seem to have that problem, dictation works much better for her than it does for me. I’m curious to see whether you think the iPhone or Android dictation systems is better.

  6. I don’t have to go monotone with Siri, and it’s mostly good, but sometimes makes dumb mistakes. What’s interesting is that if I happen to be in Japanese input mode it also takes dictation well in Japanese, which can be a time saver.

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