my initial thoughts on the Google Nexus 7 tablet


first, let’s understand that i am a snob in many things and even my avatar has an ego (probably a bigger one than the real me!) =p

with that said, i would not have bought a tablet for myself because i see them mainly as “consumption” devices and i see myself as a “creator”. also, i think i have a hard time justifying spending that kind of money on something that i use to “consume” info (yet i’ll plop down in front of the boob tube for hours at a time!)

the Nexus is $199 in the US for the one i have and that’s a pretty good price, in the tablet market, for what you get

the 7 inch size is comfortable in my hands. at work i have an iPad for testing and am allowed to bring it home but never do, it makes my hands hurt after a while (i’m sooo delicate!) =p

the Nexus 7 is 216 pixels per inch (the original iPad was 132, the new iPad is 264, and the iPad mini is 163, and most 1920 by 1080 monitors are 92 to 102) and has a very crisp display

to me it’s like a huge phone but more comfortable to surf the web with. it’s still a novel “toy” but i do like it and enjoyed using Lumiya on it. i was on Lumiya for 36 minutes last night but really don’t see myself using that very much (because, after all, i’m a creator *nose up in the air*) =D

several people have commented here and provided some very useful tips like how to do a screenshot and that you can plug in a keyboard and a mouse! thanks Breen, keith, Jim, Mike, Paul, and Ilan! (sounds like a boy band!) =D

the screenshot is easy by pressing the volume down and power button at exactly the same time for two seconds. i did screw that up and turn it off, but once i did it simultaneously, it worked. the tablet will show a small version of the screenshot and say “saving screenshot” if you do it right. the screenshots are saved to the gallery in a folder called (wait for it) screenshots! =D

Zombie_Dash_main_580i have yet to try the keyboard which needs a micro USB to OTG cable. i ordered one the other day so that i can connect a USB stick which means that the 16 gig size Nexus is fine for a user like me who only has two games and the app on it (the games are Zombie Dash and Tank Hero – the only thing you can do in the zombie game is jump and shoot, you can’t even aim – perfect game for me!) =D

so what’s the verdict?

after using it for a full battery charge (22 hours!) i like it a lot. however, i still would not buy one for myself, maybe in a year though, but it’s an easy way to look up stuff while watching TV, look at the weather, and to check email and Twitter too. for OpenSim, it’s novel but not something i’d use regularly. it’s a convenient tool for what it does but there are other ways to spend that money (like a Space Navigator!)

i’m glad i got it as a present and will continue using it mainly when in couch potato mode. if you are on the fence about getting a tablet, don’t use OpenSim as a reason to get one, but if you do get one, i’ve been very happy with the Nexus 7 and the seven inch is easier and less tiring to hold than the 10 inch iPad

click an image to get it’s full size


there’s a bucket of gold at my feet, but it would be easy to miss


it’s easy to walk around, even in the tunnels of Hax Nuit


textures come out acceptably


the sky and water are weird but it’s a tablet

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written by Ener Hax

December 28th, 2012 at 9:51 am

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  1. You may need the tablet to check the end user experience.
    If you create for a specific situation where you know the spec of desktop PC in use, maybe not, but there’s a serious shift toward tablets and smartphones in place of desktops or even laptops. If you need to know what most people are seeing, that may be where you have to look. I don’t know what impact this has on OpenSim and other systems, but it probably does have one. Here’s a quote I found on a BBC article about ebooks “There’s a good deal of uncertainty about what will happen on Boxing Day 2012 when a few million people open up their tablet and think ‘What am I going to buy on it?’.” It applies to software and services generally I think.

    My tablet is 10″, which is fine for sofa surfing with my big hands, and for trips away in place of a laptop, and good for reading, but for carrying around all the time, a Nexus 7 would be better, and much more usable than a smartphone.

    keith selmes

    28 Dec 12 at 10:40 am

  2. Just a heads up … When you get your OTG cable for the Nexus 7 it will not work straight away with a memory stick plugged into it. The Nexus 7 does not support USB addons. You will need a program from the Play store called ‘Nexus Media Importer’ its about $2.99 but worth every cent.

    Mike Hart

    28 Dec 12 at 10:53 am

  3. Good point keith, you are right, this will affect how I build stuff in OpenSim

    Thanks Mike, you just saved me some frustration! =)

    Ener Hax

    28 Dec 12 at 1:58 pm

  4. “thanks Breen, keith, Jim, Mike, Paul, and Ilan! (sounds like a boy band!) =D”

    So the guys give you the practical solutions, and the gals give you all those wonderful creative inspirations. OK, that’s probably sexist, but come on, it sounds like you have a very well-balanced group here! :-)

    Seriously, though, I love my N7, and I hope you find it useful. Over time, you might even find that this “consumption” device is quite handy! I now regularly use it for quick Web browsing (Chrome and Dolphin Browser) checking email (Gmail and Exchange at work) catching up on news (Flipboard–this app rocks!) reading ebooks (Play Books for ebooks, Zinio for magazines, Kindle for ebooks, etc.) and checking the weather in the morning (The Weather Channel all). And it makes for a great “second screen” while watching TV (Wikipedia or IMDB lookups) and doesn’t cramp my hand.

    In retrospect, yes, that’s ALL consumption, but it’s useful, quick, and on the N7, it just works. I still rely on my laptop and desktop PCs at home for many things, but my N7 has proven to be extremely useful.

    Also, and not to bash Apple-heads, but the N7’s screen technically is HIGHER RESOLUTION than the iPad Mini. While the iPad Mini is marketed as having a PHYSICALLY larger screen (which IS true) the N7’s screen actually displays more content because of its higher resolution. It’s just might be harder to read because it’s pixels are smaller. Personally, I think BOTH devices have extremely high merits, and in the end, it typically comes down to what ecosystem (Apple or Android) you have made investments in, so by all means, stick with what you are comfortable with!

    Finally, get yourself a case. I highly recommend the , or similar cases. They’re inexpensive, very slim, easy to grip, and so far, hold up well.

    Jim Barr

    28 Dec 12 at 2:26 pm

  5. Jim Barr

    28 Dec 12 at 2:31 pm

  6. “a very well-balanced group here” – i think the OpenSim community is a wonderful group of creative people who genuinely like helping others

    i think the creative needs plus the tech patience makes for an interesting type of person who sticks with this stuff

    the Nexus is handy (i learned that Stevie Nicks lost 60 pounds with Weight Watchers and is only 5’1″!)

    it’s definitely the second screen for watching TV! i’m glad i’m not the only one and maybe this is normal and not so OCD! =D

    thanks on the links and app tips, those will come in handy =)

    Ener Hax

    28 Dec 12 at 3:23 pm

  7. ooh, neat case! the hand strap in the back might be perfect for holding a USB stick! =)

    Ener Hax

    28 Dec 12 at 3:24 pm

  8. Well, yes, I do find myself watching TV, reaching for the tablet and looking up imdb, maybe that is normal now.
    Time Marches On as they said on the newsreel.

    keith selmes

    28 Dec 12 at 4:13 pm

  9. I use my Galaxy Tab (10.1 inch) mainly as a communications device (Email, Facebook, Google+, Skype, etc). Used like this, it is a very efficient tool. I often use it in conjunction with a laptop or desktop, usually sitting off to one side so I can see and respond as communication comes in.

    I also use it as an e-book reader (I have several apps that I use for the different formats – so much better than having a dedicated e-book reader that only has limited formats it can access). The various comic readers (Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Comic X) are good. The Marvel and Comic X readers have a panel mode which zooms to individual panels and you can swipe to move between them (great on smaller devices).

    Google Drive is great for file transfers (screenshots, renderings I have done, etc).

    Pulse News is a great app for accessing news feeds (some great technology, space and humour feeds in there).

    As for games, there was the recent Humble Indie Bundle for Android that had some great indie games in it (also if you have Steam you get the games on there as part of the bundle).

    The new tables and smartphones are now just getting powerful enough to start to be able to handle these more powerful applications and tools.


    28 Dec 12 at 8:22 pm

  10. Hey! I love the Nexus7 … and no I am not dead. After many trials and even more errors I am now running 20 sims on OSG Only 4 have anything but water in them, but ….. I am thinking of turning 5 into a role play environment, but the role play community and I seem to have parted ways and I am not sure I want to invest that kind of energy to effectively be ignored @@ My personal favorite is my home … Motherland sim … Africa is underrepped in VW

    Anyhow .. I love my Nexus7 … I use it constantly .. although I only use Lumiya in emergencies. I bought myself one around my birthday someplace and haven’t gone more than 6 hours without reaching for it since LOL

    Now back to catching up on your blog *winks*


    Crystal Brewton

    31 Dec 12 at 2:07 am

  11. aww Crystal, i am so sorry to hear about the RP stuff! =-(

    well, that’s why i have No Drama signs as freebies =p

    even i got sucked into some drama last week! =/

    i would like to learn more about RP and how to do that with Hax Nuit – however, i don’t want to spend loads of time on it but also don’t even have an elementary knowledge of RP theories

    do you have any advice for a total n00b like me on some online education i can do to learn more about RP?

    Ener Hax

    31 Dec 12 at 9:29 am

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