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Six things we hate about the Google Nexus 7

Ross Catanzariti | Aug. 10, 2012
Google's 7in Nexus 7 is one of the best Android tablets on the market, but does this mean it comes without flaws?

What also lacks in Australia is Google's multimedia content. Where US users can purchase magazines, books, music, TV shows and movies in the Play Store, Aussies can only buy books and rent movies. There are plenty of other ways to load content on the Nexus 7 but the lack of options in the Australian Play Store is a black mark on a device specifically designed for this purpose.

6. Gaming downloads can be a pain

The Nexus 7's small size and light weight makes it an excellent gaming device. The Play Store has an excellent selection of games and unlike many other apps, most of them run perfectly well on the tablet. In fact, we didn't experience any performance issues during testing -- the Nexus 7 handled graphically intense titles like Shadowgun, FIFA 12, Dungeon Hunter 3 and Dead Trigger with relative ease.

So what's the problem? Google's method for download games with large file sizes. On some large games downloading the game from the Play Store only downloads a small file. Then, when you install the game and open it for the first time, the additional files required to run the game are downloaded.

This may not sound like a big problem, but these downloads are often huge sizes. Gameloft's Modern Combat 3, for example, requires 1.37GB of free storage space to download extra files after the initial 4.1MB download, while N.O.V.A 2 needs around 450MB of space after the initial 2.5MB Play Store download. There's no indication of how much space is needed before you purchase these games and we found the download often failed if you tried to push it into the background. That means you can't effectively use the Nexus 7 while these big files are downloading. This process leaves a black mark on the overall user experience.

Do any of these issues put you off buying a Nexus 7? Have you bought one already? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

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