Will Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean solve Android's tablet problems?

Moderated by Lawrence Dignan | August 13, 2012 -- 07:00 GMT (00:00 PDT)

Summary: Ed Burnette says the Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 changes the tablet game. Jason Perlow sees the same old same old.

Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette

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Jason Perlow

Jason Perlow

Best Argument: No

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Opening Statements

Google’s Nexus 7 will eat iPad's lunch

Ed Burnette: This summer’s hottest gadget is the Nexus 7, which happens to be both one of the most powerful and least expensive tablets on the market. It’s no surprise that the 16GB model sold out almost immediately. At least one retailer is saying that they won’t get more until September.

Android’s tablet market share spiked over 40% when the Kindle Fire was introduced last year. While the Fire was limited, its form factor highlighted a need for tablets that could fit in your coat pocket or purse. The Nexus 7 is going to hit this niche even harder with prices less than half that of a new iPad. Unless Apple moves down-market with a smaller, cheaper iPad, Google’s Nexus 7 and devices like it are going to eat their lunch in this segment.

Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) adds game-changing features such as smooth, predictable framerates (Project Butter), and Google Now, Google's innovative personal assistant. Manufacturers that take advantage of Google's new Platform Development Kit will get a head start on upgrades, which means quicker adoption of new versions in the future. As a Google-supported device, the Nexus 7 will always be up to date.

An improvement, but not enough

Jason Perlow: The Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean 4.1 is Google's latest attempt to make Android a relevant player in the tablet scene, after several failed attempts to gain significant market share away from Apple's iPad with previous platform releases and the participation of several OEMs.

While the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean introduce significant improvements over previous tablet and OS incarnations, such as increased performance (Project Butter) and better platform stablity, Android tablets fundamentally have many of the same problems that have plagued the platform since its introduction.

These include a more complex and inconsistent user interface when compared with iOS, a lack of tablet optimized applications, and despite the aggressive pricing on the 7" Nexus 7, a wide proliferation of expensive OEM full-sized tablet hardware is still sitting in the distributor and retail channel.

Lastly, the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean do absolutely nothing to resolve the OEM tablet OS software upgrade issues which have been an inescapable quagmire for the Android manufacturer ecosystem since its inception. OEMs are just barely getting out of their Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade rut, and have little or no plans to upgrade current products in the channel to Jelly Bean.

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  • Not good enough

    With iPad's dominance and Win 8 tablets coming out... Android tablets will be out of place.
    Sunovavic
    Reply 18 Votes I'm for No
    • Windows?

      Windows will not break into the tablet space. Not yet, anyway. I see surface going no where. Android is plagued by diversity but it will do just fine. It's becoming the Windows 95 of the tablet arena and will continue to build, though not likely ever conquer, iOS. Apple's forthcoming mini iPad, though, will suck all the air out of the room if it's priced right. Windows is about to dumb-down its desktop in leu of tablet glory it simply can't achieve in the near-term.
      jpolk84
      Reply 18 Votes I'm Undecided
      • Still no 'phone connectivity

        The only problem I have with tablet devices is that they're not 'phones! Why can't they have a bt earpiece ... I don't want to have to carry multiple devices around with me.

        I wont be buying any tablet until this feature is added. I don't need a portable play system, or something to keep the kids occupied I need a useful device!
        Pastabake
        Reply 7 Votes I'm Undecided
        • 5" tablets are here

          Take a look at the Samsung Note. Excellent 5" tablet with phone built in.
          Mark Jahansouz
          Reply 6 Votes I'm Undecided
        • Yeah

          Check Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" what has GSM chip so you can make typical GSM calls and send SMS. You can either use tablet speaker mode, tablet headset with cables, bluetooth headset or even hold it as phone.

          Galaxy has taken count that some people would like to have tablet but use it as well phone (rare cases) with bluetooth dongle.

          And Asus has done same thing with Padphone. When you attach your smartphone to tablet (and tablet to keyboard dock), you can use its bluetooth pen as phone.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlBCTdFV1Uw

          So your answers has been answered long time ago but people don't like to search it. :)
          Fri13
          Reply Vote I'm Undecided
        • Yeah

          Check Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" what has GSM chip so you can make typical GSM calls and send SMS. You can either use tablet speaker mode, tablet headset with cables, bluetooth headset or even hold it as phone.

          Galaxy has taken count that some people would like to have tablet but use it as well phone (rare cases) with bluetooth dongle.

          And Asus has done same thing with Padphone. When you attach your smartphone to tablet (and tablet to keyboard dock), you can use its bluetooth pen as phone.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlBCTdFV1Uw

          So your answers has been answered long time ago but people don't like to search it. :)
          Fri13
          Reply Vote I'm Undecided
        • Yeah

          Check Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" what has GSM chip so you can make typical GSM calls and send SMS. You can either use tablet speaker mode, tablet headset with cables, bluetooth headset or even hold it as phone.

          Galaxy has taken count that some people would like to have tablet but use it as well phone (rare cases) with bluetooth dongle.

          And Asus has done same thing with Padphone. When you attach your smartphone to tablet (and tablet to keyboard dock), you can use its bluetooth pen as phone.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlBCTdFV1Uw

          So your answers has been answered long time ago but people don't like to search it. :)
          Fri13
          Reply 1 Vote I'm Undecided
        • Jellybean lets you have some of that.

          It lets you tether to phones that support internet sharing via BT. Meaning that you can actually use the net with your tablet anywhere, via your wireless connection, without having to pay for another data plan. Now thats what I call integration.
          Jimster480
          Reply 2 Votes I'm Undecided
        • BT Phone App

          There's an app that you can install for a phone in the Google Play store.
          Lisa White
          Reply Vote I'm Undecided
        • Its a PC and not a handset

          Tablets are personal computers, but appears as big handsets. Initially handsets evolved from computers and now appears tablets evolved from smart phones. A powerful personal computing tablet has to focus to processing units and chip sets for performance, not on silly things like 2g/3g connectivity. See that they have WiFi and Bluetooth using with we can tether to even a 2G handset.
          Louis Kurian
          Reply Vote I'm Undecided