Monthly Archives: September 2012

More thoughts on the Google Nexus 7

I’ve been using the Nexus for a few months now, and honestly I still do love it. It’s an awesome piece of kit available for less than £200, but it does have some issues.
My screen slightly lifts on the left hand side, but it’s not noticeable with the official case and doesn’t seem to affect the usage in anyway at all. I’ve got it covered on Gadget insurance, so if anything does happen it won’t be a problem to get it fixed. A bit annoying, but I can live with it!

My other main issue is that I experience some wicked slow down after general usage. I’ve read this doesn’t happen to everyone but it definitely did both to mine and to a friend of mine’s. After a few days, opening new apps would grind to crawl and the whole experience was just shit.
In a previous post I mentioned flashing AOKP, rooting the device was really simple. It’s worth doing if you’re comfortable with the process. The Nexus 7 is completely different with 3rd party roms. I haven’t experience the slowdown, and now I get the proper tablet android experience (including a horizontal homescreen!!)

Between Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Cloud MP3 Storage (a topic for another post in a few weeks…), and EZ PDF reader my nexus is well and truly ready to help me out at uni over the next 12 months.
The best thing about a £200 tablet? In a years time, there will be a new one. And I won’t feel bad buying it because it’s only £200….. If it gets lost or stolen.. well it’s not as bad as losing a £500 iPad…

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Lack of wifi won’t stop me…

The halls I’m moving into in Bangor don’t have wifi internet access, which I guess is understandable because large scale wireless network deployments are hard to get right; especially when the target users will spend all day streaming media content over it..

Whatever, we’re allowed to plug in an unmanaged switch into our network port so not all is lost. Using a USB OTG adapter, and an Apple USB Ethernet adapter I can get my Nexus 7 online via a cable. It can sit next to my laptop and stream Netflix or whatever whilst I’m working away on laptop without getting in the way. I even bought some long Ethernet cables so I can casually use my tablet in bed…

The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand doesn’t support USB Ethernet using the stock Touchwiz rom, so that’s another reason to root and flash CM10 when it gets a stable release. Apparently I’d even be able to charge at the same time if I bought an MHL adapter but I need to look into that more.

Two more weeks

Wow, time is flying. In two short weeks I’ll almost be at Bangor and ready to move in! I am sure many adventures await, but I still need to buy stuff and actually pack it…

I found out this week that I apparently have a larger room, which is good because that means I have a larger bed, which is good because if you know me I am a bit large… That also means I have to go and return the sheets that I bought, however. Bugger. That’s why you don’t buy things early…
Honestly there isn’t much that I think I need to buy… maybe some more clothes, something to wear to the pirate party (a big torrent logo, aha ha ha…!), and some basic kitchen stuff… but I can buy them at the other end with my staff discount so I might just take the bare essentials and see how I get on and then buy what I need there.

14 days, wow. I remember starting my countdown at 60 days. Shit that’s gone fast….