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  • Dirtbox 28 Jun 2012 00:54:51 79,216 posts
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    Google's reply to IOS and Win8 devices.

    Nexus

    And I like google a lot despite the tinfoil hat wearing wankers telling me I shouldn't trust them or whatever, but this stuff is pure bollocks. Look at the player thing, $299 for something that you can't do as much with as you could with say, an Xbox or PS3 or Apple TV. For a lot cheaper.

    And worst of all it's social.

    I couldn't give a fuck what other people do. It's like they just made TV into an always online multiplayer experience or something. Once again they've completely missed the point in old skool Microsoft style.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 01:20:13 28-06-2012

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  • DodgyPast 28 Jun 2012 05:14:16 8,541 posts
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    The tablet looks to be a more than solid compromise between functionality, specs and form... Will be grabbing one as soon as they make it to Thailand from Taiwan / Hong Kong.

    I don't get the player, maybe in the future if lots of people are using Google play for content but if that happens there'll be plenty of other devices that support it. I guess it's just to show other manufacturers what to do.

    Edited by DodgyPast at 05:19:10 28-06-2012
  • coastal 28 Jun 2012 06:35:24 5,390 posts
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    The fact that's got no micro SD slot is baffling. Nice screen res and gps are the two stand out features for me but I can pay less for more elsewhere.

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  • GuiltySpark 28 Jun 2012 06:48:49 6,470 posts
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    coastal wrote:
    but I can pay less for more elsewhere.
    I'm not saying you're wrong, but what exactly?

    Get bent.

  • DodgyPast 28 Jun 2012 07:40:30 8,541 posts
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    GuiltySpark wrote:
    coastal wrote:
    but I can pay less for more elsewhere.
    I'm not saying you're wrong, but what exactly?
    Was thinking the same. Gutted there's no SD, and if there's something similar with SD that's guaranteed Nexus levels of support I'd get that.

    As it is I can make do by chucking a 64gb card in my S2 and transferring data across from that if I'm travelling.
  • coastal 28 Jun 2012 08:42:32 5,390 posts
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    Yeah i take that back. I was looking at the other quad cores over at ipadalternative and got a bit too excited. There are some plus - big screen & sd card reader but negs - screen quality, no gps.

    if there was an app that self managed a media library every time i was on my home wifi - to delete avis and restock from a nas..

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  • Deleted user 28 June 2012 09:11:21
    Lack of an SD slot is disappointing but given that Android kit accepts these I'm not too fussed. If I were travelling or using it for films I'd just plug in a USB stick and watch the stuff from there.
  • TheSaint 28 Jun 2012 09:18:00 14,833 posts
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    Nobody has mentioned the free copy of Transformers yet. That's what sealed the deal for me.
  • sanctusmortis 28 Jun 2012 10:13:46 9,807 posts
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    The tablet is nice, but next month the revised Kindle Fire is expected to launch worldwide, most likely all this and some MicroSD chips. And hopefully, at the same time we get the US Prime, which is essentially our Prime plus Lovefilm Streaming plus a lending library for Kindle books.

    The Q media streamer is supposed to competed with Sonos, which is a silly way to work as it utterly avoids the real competition - Raspberry Pi and Apple TV. Apparently the listed accessories are $400 speakers and $50 cables.

    Jelly Bean... is an update, for sure.
  • Deleted user 28 June 2012 10:18:53
    Why limit yourself to a locked down Amazon-flavoured tablet when Prime runs on any iOS or Android device?
  • coastal 28 Jun 2012 10:23:53 5,390 posts
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    The Pi or ATV are not the real competition in streaming media. Both lack enough grunt.

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  • silentbob 28 Jun 2012 12:19:27 29,029 posts
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    sanctusmortis wrote:
    The tablet is nice, but next month the revised Kindle Fire is expected to launch worldwide, most likely all this and some MicroSD chips. And hopefully, at the same time we get the US Prime, which is essentially our Prime plus Lovefilm Streaming plus a lending library for Kindle books.
    The new Tablet is a 9-10" device though no? Hardly the same thing.

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  • TheSaint 28 Jun 2012 12:33:51 14,833 posts
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    Amazon are pushing cloud storage just as much as google. I'd be very surprised if any new version of the Kindle Fire supported SD cards.

    Edited by TheSaint at 12:33:59 28-06-2012
  • Razz 28 Jun 2012 12:58:22 61,661 posts
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    Yeah, really excited by this Nexus. It's the right price and form factor, I've already preoredered it on the Play Store, 159.99. 168.99 with delivery.

    As usualy, not even a whiff of a mention on the front page.

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  • Deleted user 28 June 2012 13:04:40
    coastal wrote:
    The Pi or ATV are not the real competition in streaming media. Both lack enough grunt.
    Grunt for what?
  • silentbob 28 Jun 2012 13:05:18 29,029 posts
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    Sorely tempted. My Galaxy Tab is great for reading, magazines in particular, I'd love the same functionality with higher DPI / smaller screen.

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  • mikew1985 28 Jun 2012 13:13:25 13,047 posts
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    The Pi is, by all accounts a very capable XBMC machine with low power draw and full network capability.

    I've ordered one to act as my main media streaming device in the lviing room. It's small size and low power draw make it absolutely perfect for this kind of thing.
  • THFourteen 28 Jun 2012 13:21:23 34,478 posts
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    not that sold on the 7" form factor for magazines or comics, or the relatively low screen res compared to a RETINA device.

    the weight looks awesome though, definitely hold it in one hand very easily which you cant do with an i-pad.

    and its cheap too...

    think my Note kind of fills this space for me though
  • Razz 28 Jun 2012 13:25:04 61,661 posts
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    I thuoght that too, but this is perfect for home use for me. Somethign to leave in the front room to mess about with whilst I'm watching the telly, or look for solutions whilst playing games etc... I wouldn't take it out as as you say, The Note fills that gap.

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  • silentbob 28 Jun 2012 13:34:35 29,029 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    not that sold on the 7" form factor for magazines or comics, or the relatively low screen res compared to a RETINA device.

    the weight looks awesome though, definitely hold it in one hand very easily which you cant do with an i-pad.

    and its cheap too...

    think my Note kind of fills this space for me though
    Bear in mind it's the same res as the current crop of 10" slates. So as long as your eyesight isn't fucked it should be ideal.

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  • coastal 28 Jun 2012 13:45:57 5,390 posts
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    Well, personal experience with the atv2. I had xbmc on the atv2 with real simple skin settings and with a library size of about 1000 files it couldn't handle the library view with fanart and posters. It struggled horribly. You could move the mysql somewhere else on your network to relieve some of the load. It was swapped for an eMachines in the end.

    I heard from the xbmc forums that the pi would be hit by the same problems plus issues over decoding blu-rays and some formats (that's all above my head i'd admit). xbmc.org pi thread

    Good luck to the chap behind raspbmc, i hear he's doing whilst revising for his exams. \o/

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  • mikew1985 28 Jun 2012 13:50:50 13,047 posts
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    Well I will only be having it streaming 720p content with all the files on a NAS.

    If it requires a little bit of tweaking to get it to display some of the library content I won't really mind. It's only 30 incl shipping.
  • silentbob 28 Jun 2012 14:47:24 29,029 posts
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    Describing the Pi as a 'capable' XBMC server isn't really accurate. 'Adequate' would be more like it.

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  • coastal 28 Jun 2012 15:14:23 5,390 posts
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    4 months! I'm a bit worried i've bought in to tech that was designed and built in 4 months.

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  • brokenkey 28 Jun 2012 16:26:13 7,159 posts
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    coastal wrote:
    4 months! I'm a bit worried i've bought in to tech that was designed and built in 4 months.
    You won't like Barclay's Pingit service then. It was developed and launched in 3 months (less tech, but since it moves your money about its more consequential.)

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  • Deleted user 28 June 2012 16:33:05
    Urgh, the 8GB Nexus has shared storage, so instead of "OS+8GB", the OS comes out of the 8, leaving 5.9GB for apps. :-/
  • Razz 28 Jun 2012 16:35:06 61,661 posts
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    o_O How many programs do you need to install that you find 5.9Gb inadequate?!

    Edited by Razz at 16:35:46 28-06-2012

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  • silentbob 28 Jun 2012 16:56:03 29,029 posts
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    Rhythm wrote:
    Urgh, the 8GB Nexus has shared storage, so instead of "OS+8GB", the OS comes out of the 8, leaving 5.9GB for apps. :-/
    How else did you think it would work out of interest?

    Uninstalling unwanted apps will net you come of that back. Could get tight if you want any movies / TV on it. But I still don't think it'd worry me.

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  • Dirtbox 28 Jun 2012 17:01:47 79,216 posts
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    Isn't it a streamer? I don't think it has to store any media.

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  • DodgyPast 28 Jun 2012 17:12:52 8,541 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Isn't it a streamer? I don't think it has to store any media.
    I'll be storing some stuff on mine, might be tempted to use it to watch downloaded episodes on my commute.

    Some games can weigh in at over a gig.

    Definitely pay the extra for the 16gb model.
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