Plight of the Spec Snob: Why Nexus 7 Still Isn't Good Enough For Some
In my daily tech news sleuthing, I’ve come to expect something radical to pop up. There’s a reserved excitement I contain as I thumb through the likes of TechCrunch, Neowin and CNET. The coverage from these sources report on many of the same things: Apple’s well-calculated releases that get the blogosphere pissing itself like overly excited puppies, Microsoft slowly releasing deets on new Windows 8 features and the occasional rumor that RIM is preparing the most epic yard sale ever to help make rent. But what I need to reconsider is social media, one outlet of news that is one-part story summary with link, one-part community bitchfest.
One recent bitchfest comes courtesy of CNET's official Facebook page. Around 1:30PM ET on 6/29/12, the other big C posted this:
Google's Nexus 7 is easily the best 7" tablet available and is one of the top tablets on the market. We awarded it a CNET Editors' Choice: http://cnet.co/N2XNh2
Seems innocent enough – nothing to get riled up about, right? Wrong, so says the proceeding comments.
Nathan Pflanz: I was planning on buy one but with no expandable storage it's not gonna happen.
Mike Donatello: Meh, no storage slot, no bueno. And HDMI out woulda been nice, too.
Nik Brown: No SD card expansion, no LTE/4G and, only available in 8 or 16GB, NOT GOING IN MY GADGET BAG!
Whoa now! If it's not good enough for Nik Brown's gadget bag, then what is? – and this is where I came in:
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Jesus Baby Christ! You whiners — really? No SD slot? No 4G option? Like it or not, it's about the CLOUD. Use your FREE cloud storage — it's for your benefit and makes life easier. And only a very small fraction of people require mobile access beyond Wi-Fi, but if you must, just upgrade your cell plan to use that as a hot spot for your tablet. It's really not that big of a deal and it'd serve you well to accept the Big 3 are aiming for the broadest consumer base, not the power-user geek squad like yourselves. Once you accept it, you can start enjoying your tech instead of continually analyzing it while waiting for the non-iPad Jesus tablet that will NEVER come.