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This review is from: ASUS Google Nexus 7 First Gen 7" 32GB Android Wi-Fi Tablet
Pros: Beautiful - indistinguishable from new.
Price - very low for what you get
4.4.2 after OTA update
Easily unlocked / locked
Very custom ROM compatible.
Tegra3 is a surprisingly good cpu/gpu that sips power.
CM11 + ART = Butter!
Cons: The USB cord is frighteningly short. You WILL want a longer one. It's so short, I almost considered deducting two eggs.
The micro USB port is mounted parallel to the plane of the screen, like almost every device now-a-days. Unfortunately, the device bezel cuts an inward 45 degree angle betwixt the parallel and perpendicular. This renders EVERY cord-device connection loose and insecure. Sadly, a proper mating cannot occur due to unnecessary obstruction. This is purely a design flaw and should never have passed User Acceptance Testing - but it did.
Speaker output is stronger (not better) than headphone output. Even with "safe headphone volume" off the volume is not as intense as seems from the speakers. (Slightly sub-audiophile caliber 'phones used for comparison.) The Realtek (RMC) ALC5642 processor is also quite power hungry, I recently discovered. At 50% volume, while charging from the wall, I LOST ~8% battery/hour.
Also, the resolution is a little weak by 1080p standards.
The 2013 model addresses these weaknesses, among others. If you have the extra $$$, get the 2013.
Other Thoughts: A note on ASUS and Price:
I would not have bought this for any other price than that which I did.
$250 is fair for the hardware, but too much for ASUS' you-touch-it-you-bought-it warranty. I bought this in hope that it's a "loss leader."
Pros: My monitor failure was not typical. It was great before the flimsy LCD glass cracked for no obvious reason.
If you get a good one, the visual quality of the monitor is unquestionable.
Cons: Don't make the mistake of believing a manufacturer's response to a negative review is evidence of a positive outcome. Asus 'customer loyalty' responders know that the impression given is one of resolution even if their 'help' begins and ends with acknowledgemnt of an unhappy customer. Do your homework. Asus warrantee and repair has a terrible reputation for good reason.
Other Thoughts: As stated in my other, two star review, I will be buying from another 4 letter 'A' name manufacturer in future. Not only is the alternative less expensive, but they are also far more dependable in my experience. Point in case: My 24" equivalent to this Asus model has traveled over 20000 miles in my luggage during business airline travel and performs as good today as when first unboxed. I wouldn't trust Asus products to make it through TSA visual inspection.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Beautiful monitor. Fast Refresh.
Cons: Customer service. Quality Control. Repair cost is HIGHER than original purchase price.
Other Thoughts: While I am disappointed and disagree with Asus' decision not to repair my monitor as a matter of quality control, despite my assurance that the damage observed was a result of atypical failure and not physical impact, I accept it. I might have given more thought to the monetary benefit of maintaining a customer over the cost of a bit of inventory, were our positions reversed, but it is clear that Asus and I differ in this respect.
What I do not accept is Asus' proposal to repair my monitor at a cost greater than the original purchase price. In fact, I find myself atypically offended by the lack of consideration such a gesture extends to a recent and, until today, a frequently repeat customer.
For what it is worth, I thank Asus Customer Service for lending credit to the negative reviews I chose to ignore during my original purchase decisions. I, too, have acted on calculated risk. I will no longer be doing so to the benefit of Asus. In fact, I will be extending the details of my experience to those in my rather large workgroup, and to the patrons of the web site where I made my original purchase. There are many who are and in the future will be in the market for tech products. I will do what I can to steer them far clear of a manufacturer who does not stand behind their products.
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