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Can you use the Google Nexus 7 as an ebook reader?

Discussion in 'Geek - Computers - Gaming - Gadgets' started by alexd, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    I am wondering if you can use the Nexus 7 as an ebook reader? This would save me from buying a Kindle....
  2. Bacchus

    Bacchus TRIBE Promoter

    yes, there are numerous E-Reader apps for any android device, and they're mostly free.

    The battery drain will be much higher, and the LCD of a superphone will be tougher on the eyes.
  3. KodiaK

    KodiaK TRIBE Member

    no, I cant.

    GSP can though...

  4. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    My dream tech would be a tablet w/ a traditional LCD, but an e-reader "layer"

    I ended up going e-reader just for the screen tech, and I knew reading on a backlit LCD would be a pain...
  5. Lurker

    Lurker TRIBE Member

    dumb question but are these out in Toronto yet?

    I'm coming home for a mini-vacation next week and was thinking of picking one up
  6. SneakyPete

    SneakyPete TRIBE Member

    Should be out by next week but might be hard to find since most places are sold out from pre-orders.
  7. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

    The 8gig is in stock at Google, the 16g "ships soon". I ordered mine a week or so back, hope to see it shortly.

  8. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

    I am guessing the Kindle Fire would be a better choice? Not as great specs as the nexus 7, but it can run 4.1 (JellyBean).

  9. deep

    deep TRIBE Member


    The Nexus 7 is the first Jellybean device. Amazon runs a highly customized version of Android geared towards their media platform.

    You can use the Nexus 7 as an e-reader. Many reviewers found the higher ppi of the iPad's Retina display and likely with the Nexus 7 to make for a reading experience in some ways better than paper. I think an e-reader still has its merits as a dedicated reading device, but think the added flexibility you get with a tablet is compelling also (e.g. zoom and gestures, creating documents from what you're reading, wider multimedia format support, etc.)
  10. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

    Nexus 7 is the first "official" device, but Jelly bean has been ported to the Kindle Fire. Just saying.. :)

  11. Lurker

    Lurker TRIBE Member

    Thanks! I tried ordering online but it didn't like that I was trying to do it from a European IP and wouldn't let me.

    Which retailers might have it? Futureshop & Bestbuy I guess?
  12. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

    Staples is the only one I know of.

  13. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    Both Future Shop and Best Buy are carrying it, but supplies are likely to be short in store once they hit. NCIX and London Drugs are supposed to be carrying it too.
  14. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    Ah, okay. I think it also bears mentioning Amazon is supposed to be releasing an update to the Fire sometime in Q3 that is aimed to cut the gap between the Nexus 7.
  15. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

    I am going to hunt one down.. according to this, I will be getting mine last. F that!

    Thanks for the info.

  16. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    No problem :) I'm hoping to look at one in person soon.
  17. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    Found this thread on XDA, evidently Canada Computers and Memory Express are also carrying it. There may be others, I haven't read through it all yet.

    [q] N7 and Canada - Page 4 - xda-developers

    There also seems to be an issue with the screen not being screwed down securely.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  18. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

    All the London drugs here in Vancouver were completely out, did not know when they were coming back in and refused to put any on hold.

    Found a Best Buy (across the road from my work) with 20 or so in stock, went and picked up two.

    Google better be nice and cancel my order :)

  19. Lurker

    Lurker TRIBE Member

    If they don't I'll buy it from you :)
  20. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

  21. agentRC4

    agentRC4 TRIBE Member

    My wife really likes her Kobo Vox and I have had no complaints using my Sony Tablet as an e-reader.

    That is all
  22. Sleepy Giant

    Sleepy Giant TRIBE Member

    I currently don't have a tablet and am strongly considering one of these. Is it as good as everyone says it is?
  23. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

    I find it a little glossy for reading, but for the price, the specs are awesome. It all depends on what your needs are. The missing external storage or HDMI might be a deal breaker for some.

  24. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

    When said external, I meant SD card slot as there is an OTG cable that will allow you to use external drives.

  25. Sleepy Giant

    Sleepy Giant TRIBE Member

    It's better than I ever imagined. If you are looking for a tablet and aren't an apple fanboy, this is the one for you.

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