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Google Nexus 7 Tablet vs Kindle Fire in the Pinoy context

(Ed’s Note: This piece is a work in progress)

Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Yay!

So if you live in the Philippines, the announcement of the Google’s new Nexus 7″ “reading device” by ASUS should bring good news of great joy. Here’s the context: my father in law owns a Kindle Fire (apart from the more traditional Kindle) and if its one thing that it can’t do locally, it’s really almost everything. The Fire makes use of the Kindle sign in credentials and not your Google account which means you’re pretty much screwed if you’re going to avail of the cloud services and app downloads. No international support. This is odd because everything works fine on a “regular” Kindle.

Enter Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. The video says it all. I’m impressed by the tech, but really the one thing that’s got me excited is the fact that I’ll be able to do everything the Kindle Fire does but using Google’s sign in process. In short: It’s international and won’t be a $199.00 brick when it arrives in the Philippines.

The Google I/O conference will focus on the content you can access with the new affordable Nexus 7 by ASUS.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

One reply on “Google Nexus 7 Tablet vs Kindle Fire in the Pinoy context”

Unfortunately, all the content that was mentioned in the IO keynote, movies, magazines, books, tv, music, etc are all currently unavailable in the Philippines…
Sure, you’ll be able to install apps, and add your own content, but, all nexusness, i.e. the ‘your content lives in the google play cloud and is available across your devices’ doesn’t yet apply to the Philippines…
It’s still an extremely nice looking device, especially at the $200 price point, but, until Google manages to bring their content to the Philippines and Globe/Smart/Sun catch up to the rest of the world on connectivity, the Nexus dream of keeping the content in the cloud and not needing local expandable storage doesn’t really apply here.

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