Nexus 7: It’s good, but where’s the keyboard? It’s almost as if the they are positioning this as a content consumption device, and not a PC substitute. Almost as if they are positioning it as something that you would buy instead of a Kindle Fire, and not buy instead of an iPad.
What a disappointment.
Also, the Kindle Fire is fucked.
(image from The Verge, via 512 Pixels)
Amazon and the (deep breath) NATPC M009S Capacitive , 7” , 1.6 GHz Super Slim Android Tablet PC with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Responsive Capacitive Screen - Flash Player 11.1 - Compatible with BBC iPlayer / Youtube / Amazon Kindle / Facebook - HD 2160P: The other day, I was knee-deep in some bromantic love for Amazon. As it turns out, they love me too, so much so that they are even helping me out with this site!
You hear that, Apple? What have I had from you in the month that I’ve been doing this tumblelog? NOTHING, THAT’S WHAT. Here’s me, doing sterling work, uncovering the very worst in Apple copycat design. And what are you doing? Working on an upgrade to OS X and showing it to your mates? You even showed it to The Verge! What are they going to say? That’s it’s a bit better than Lion, but it might not be right for some? Frankly, you should have shown me. I would have been brilliant. I would have been funny. Informative. I would have had loads of pictures, and then hyperlinked to other stuff - I’m getting quite good at that. I’ve also read a website about search engine optimisation (or “SEO” as we call it in the trade) so I would have done a slideshow with an eye-catching headline (perhaps “IS THIS THE SOFTWARE UPDATE THAT STEVE JOBS WOULDN’T HAVE RELEASED TO OS X AND ISN’T THE SORT OF THING THAT SOMETHING SOMETHING IPAD 3 AND IPHONE 5?”). But it wasn’t to be. Way to encourage the little guy, Tim. Honestly. I don’t know WHY I BOTHER.
Anyway, Amazon sent me this e-mail. And check out this baby! Amazingly, for a product costing less than a Kindle Fire, it’s had some surprisingly positive reviews, though I note that these are by the same people that bought Webroot Tablet Security for Android (why is such a product even necessary?) and a Vangoddy Wild Zebra Portfolio executive case, so perhaps we should be taking the reviews with a pinch of salt. They are probably the same people that buy things because they “look funky” or because it’s “all that they need”, ignoring the fact that the only four things, ever, that had “The Funk” were James Brown, Prince, Parliament and Funkadelic, and you never “just need a basic tablet”, you need an iPad or nothing. I’m right. You know I’m right.
Yes I have had a bad day. What of it?
(submitted by Amazon, via a targeted e-mail, obviously)