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Old 13-03-2013, 15:31
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I've seen a few mentions of a Nexus 7 successor on the interweb recently and it has got me thinking about how the current N7 could be improved.

One thing I would like to see is an HDMI output, the lack thereof didn't bother me at the time of buying but as I no longer have my PS3 for watching Netflix, it is something that would benefit me now and would certainly be a lot more practical than connecting the laptop to the TV.

Secondly I would like to see less fiddly power and volume buttons that are not placed next to each other. It is quite annoying when I go to adjust the volume and I accidentally press the power button instead. Also it took me a while just to get the hang of being able to power the device on without several attempts, maybe that was just me though.

An SD card slot would be nice but I fear that's wishful thinking.

A screen that is enlarged into the bezel would be nice too, as long as the overall size of the device is kept roughly the same.

What other possible improvements can you think of? Would they make you buy a new N7?
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Old 13-03-2013, 16:59
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Top priority for me would be longer battery life.
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Old 13-03-2013, 17:03
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These things -

-Higher res screen to match the Nexus 10 or near
-Rear facing camera
-Less bezel
-Perhaps increase the screen size to 7.7"
-Longer battery life, though I think it's pretty good at present

Other than that it's pretty much an amazing device for the price.
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Old 13-03-2013, 17:09
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Faster with more memory as mine is sluggish at times.
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Old 13-03-2013, 17:15
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I think HDMI output is old hat now. Better to concentrate more on miracast or other wireless connectivity. Also, no interest in rear camera.

Yep, bezel is a bit big and could be slimmed down. Perhaps a little lighter too. Wireless charging maybe? Otherwise no complaints here; I suspect if KLP brings lots of new features it will feel like a new device anyway.

Would be nice if it was a bit easier to transfer photos from my SLR to the nexus 7, but I think realistically that's something that will be solved with a new SLR with wifi rather than an N7 replacement.
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Old 14-03-2013, 20:42
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Would be nice if it was a bit easier to transfer photos from my SLR to the nexus 7, but I think realistically that's something that will be solved with a new SLR with wifi rather than an N7 replacement.
There's free android apps from Samsung and Nikon to do that with therir wi-fi cameras.

My wants:

SDcard slot
Longer battery (or replaceable battery)
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Old 14-03-2013, 21:29
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There's free android apps from Samsung and Nikon to do that with therir wi-fi cameras.
Yep but most SLRs aren't wifi. (at least not without expensive accessories). Getting even a card reader working on a Nexus 7 is a bit of a faff, that I would prefer to be simpler.
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Old 15-03-2013, 08:58
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Would be nice if it was a bit easier to transfer photos from my SLR to the nexus 7, but I think realistically that's something that will be solved with a new SLR with wifi rather than an N7 replacement.
You can do that now with an EyeFi card. Its not brilliant, but it does work.
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Old 15-03-2013, 09:40
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It needs a camera.
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Old 15-03-2013, 12:20
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It really doesn't. Taking photos on tablets is pretty silly, especially when they're almost always lower quality than ones on phones.
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Old 15-03-2013, 12:31
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SD slot and 3G Calls/Text.
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Old 15-03-2013, 13:56
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It really doesn't. Taking photos on tablets is pretty silly, especially when they're almost always lower quality than ones on phones.
Not really.

I wouldn't consider a Nexus 7 until it has a camera.
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Old 15-03-2013, 14:22
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The location of the power and volume buttons is the only real annoyance for me.

Don't care about HDMI output or a camera. Wireless charging would be nice but I'm not sure if the current technology used in the Nexus 4 can deliver enough voltage.

No matter how good the 2nd generation Nexus 7 is I can't see there being anything to justify an upgrade. I think I'll wait for the 3rd generation one.
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Old 15-03-2013, 15:03
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-SD slot.
-reasonable rear camera
-better battery
-same foot print, possibly slightly bigger screen.

i also have no interest in hdmi
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Old 15-03-2013, 15:58
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It really doesn't. Taking photos on tablets is pretty silly, especially when they're almost always lower quality than ones on phones.
I can't see the point either. We all have cameras in our phones these days, so there is no need for another one in our tablets as well.
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Old 15-03-2013, 16:25
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I can't see the point either. We all have cameras in our phones these days, so there is no need for another one in our tablets as well.
Agreed.

I see the need for a front camera for video chat/calls, but holding up a tablet for photos isn't practical and it's often very irritating to other people at things like sports and concerts as the tablet can block your view.
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Old 15-03-2013, 17:13
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Yep but most SLRs aren't wifi. (at least not without expensive accessories). Getting even a card reader working on a Nexus 7 is a bit of a faff, that I would prefer to be simpler.
I've only had mine for a week and was quite impressed how easy it was to get things on to the Nexus 7 from a SD Card reader / USB Stick / USB HDD using a cheap OTG cable and the Nexus media import app. (IMO much easier than an Ipad).
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Old 15-03-2013, 19:46
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Agreed.

I see the need for a front camera for video chat/calls, but holding up a tablet for photos isn't practical and it's often very irritating to other people at things like sports and concerts as the tablet can block your view.
Not to mention that people waving their iPads around taking photos look like idiots.
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Old 15-03-2013, 19:48
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I've only had mine for a week and was quite impressed how easy it was to get things on to the Nexus 7 from a SD Card reader / USB Stick / USB HDD using a cheap OTG cable and the Nexus media import app. (IMO much easier than an Ipad).
Which cable did you buy? Most of them say they should work, but no guarantee.
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Old 15-03-2013, 23:37
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A 7" version of the Nexus 10 would do just fine e.g. more poke and higher res display. Or, better still, the Note II phablet in 7" form. Lovely.
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Old 16-03-2013, 00:00
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Keep the size, it's pretty much perfect, but agree with the bezel.. take the screen to the edge.
Also agree with the volume/power buttons being moved away from each other.
Could do with an SD slot.
Whilst battery life is already impressive, longer life is always welcome.
Induction charging.
Make it waterproof (just in case )

Other than that I can't think of any other features I'd like.
Rear camera is pointless, especially when mobile phones are ubiquitous and have better cameras as well as being easier to use. It would be a useless feature that only a tiny minority would use.
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Old 17-03-2013, 09:19
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Keep the size, it's pretty much perfect, but agree with the bezel.. take the screen to the edge.
Also agree with the volume/power buttons being moved away from each other.
Could do with an SD slot.
Whilst battery life is already impressive, longer life is always welcome.
Induction charging.
Make it waterproof (just in case )

Other than that I can't think of any other features I'd like.
Rear camera is pointless, especially when mobile phones are ubiquitous and have better cameras as well as being easier to use. It would be a useless feature that only a tiny minority would use.
how would you hold a tablet that size that had screen to the edge?
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Old 17-03-2013, 11:11
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how would you hold a tablet that size that had screen to the edge?
Pretty much the same as I hold it now.
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Old 17-03-2013, 11:46
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There are plenty of companies like liquipel making waterproof nano-coatings for hardware. It's about time this was rolled out and could be a major selling point!
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Old 17-03-2013, 13:01
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how would you hold a tablet that size that had screen to the edge?
just needs a few clever algorithms to tell the difference between holding it and interacting with the screen. Don't think its anything too tricky.
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