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Nexus 7 vs. iPad Mini: A Comparative Review

Jackson Chung 15-01-2013

If you’re shopping for a 7-inch tablet, there’s absolutely no shortage of options. It’s undeniable, however, that the leading choices are Apple’s iPad mini Apple iPad Mini Review and Giveaway This is a much overdue review, I'll admit, but instead of publishing a breezy overview of the iPad mini, I wanted to experience and integrate it in my daily life in order to truly tell... Read More and Google’s Nexus 7 Google Nexus 7 (16GB) Android Tablet Review and Giveaway We purchased a 16GB Nexus 7 for $249 which I've been reviewing for a week or so now, and I've really grown to love the little thing. We'll be giving it away at the end... Read More . We’ve reviewed both of these devices individually, but it’s time to put them head-to-head.


Some might say that comparing the iPad mini to the Nexus 7 is like comparing apples to oranges. They’re very different devices, with different ecosystems and an even more contrasting user base. So comparing specifications simply does not make sense. Instead, I’ll be comparing certain important aspects which matter in everyday use.

Price and storage

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Let’s begin with the most obvious comparison: price. If you’re on a budget, the Nexus 7 is the clear winner. The 16GB model is available at just under $200; whereas the iPad mini (Wi-Fi only model) in the same capacity is $130 dearer. In fact, the price difference gets even steeper as we move higher along the product line.

  • 16GB Nexus 7: $199
  • 16GB iPad mini: $329
  • Price difference: $130
  • 32GB Nexus 7: $249
  • 32GB iPad mini: $429
  • Price difference: $180
  • 32GB Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi + cellular): $299
  • 32GB iPad mini (Wi-Fi + cellular): $559
  • Price difference: $260

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It doesn’t take much to see that the Nexus 7 offers better value. However, it’s important to note when making your decision that both devices do not have storage expansion slots. So if you need more than just 32GB of storage (actually less after taking into account the operating system) or if you think you might in the future, only Apple offers the iPad mini in 64GB configurations for both Wi-Fi and cellular models.


The display

I’ve been criticising the iPad mini’s screen Apple iPad Mini Review and Giveaway This is a much overdue review, I'll admit, but instead of publishing a breezy overview of the iPad mini, I wanted to experience and integrate it in my daily life in order to truly tell... Read More since I first heard that it wasn’t a Retina Display. Apple took a step backwards with that decision. The iPad mini is more expensive than its competition, so it’s only fair to expect a better display. Instead, the Nexus 7 packs more pixels into a smaller screen. To be more specific, the Nexus 7 has a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, with a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch. As noted Google Nexus 7 (16GB) Android Tablet Review and Giveaway We purchased a 16GB Nexus 7 for $249 which I've been reviewing for a week or so now, and I've really grown to love the little thing. We'll be giving it away at the end... Read More by my colleague James Bruce, the screen is “…bright and clear, with crisp and vibrant colours and text, even outdoors.” and I’ll have to agree with him.

ipad mini

The iPad mini, however, has a larger 7.9-inch display with a lower resolution of 1024 x 768 at 163 pixels per inch. With both devices side by side, the difference is quite apparent. The colours of the iPad mini seem more washed out compared to the Nexus 7’s vibrant display. As a result of higher pixel density, text is rendered more clearly on the Nexus 7, which makes it ideal as an electronic reader.

ipad mini


Another important point to consider is the fact that the iPad mini’s display is not only larger, it has an aspect ratio of 4:3 while the Nexus 7’s display carries an aspect ratio of 16:9. Basically, the iPad mini is wider — and that makes web browsing more enjoyable because more elements can be displayed.

But is it too wide? I had difficulty grasping the iPad mini in my hand, but then again, my hands aren’t that large. Ultimately, I’ll just say that it’s too wide to hold with one hand, but I’m happy with the trade off for a slightly larger screen.

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In contrast, the display size and aspect ratio of the Nexus 7, coupled with the soft buttons, does hurt it slightly. The soft buttons at the bottom of the screen (back, home, multitasker) take up about 0.6″ when they’re visible, and that’s more or less all the time. I’ll admit the Nexus 7 is easier and more effortless to hold with one hand, and that’s partly attributed to its rubberised, dimpled rear panel.


nexus 7 vs ipad mini

Dimensions and design

nexus 7 vs ipad mini

The differences between both tablets in terms of dimensions is negligible. They weigh roughly the same, but the iPad mini is noticeably thinner (although longer and wider). The Nexus 7 doesn’t feature any hardware buttons on its front surface, which often begs the question, “Which side is up?” To answer that, you’ll have to search for evidence of its front-facing camera. On more than one occasion, I’ve picked up the Nexus 7 and fumbled around feeling for the power button, which camouflages with the rear rubberised panel. It’s not a device that you can easily wake from sleep unless you pick it up, unlike the iPad mini which has a home button on its front surface.

nexus 7 vs ipad mini


Between the two, the iPad mini, with its glass and aluminium construction, is slightly more appealing. It feels more expensive, if you get my drift. And because of that, you’re more likely to purchase a case for it and eventually, add a bit of bulk to the package. Not so with the Nexus 7, which gives off a sturdy aura — it can stand up for itself without a case. The iPad mini also sports a rear-facing 5MP camera, which you will want to protect.

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Battery Life

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Subjectively, I can tell you, even without any thorough testing, that the iPad mini’s battery life is more superior than the Nexus 7’s, despite having similar batteries (Nexus 7: 4325 mAh; iPad mini: 4440 mAh). On standby with Wi-Fi enabled, the Nexus 7’s battery will drain in just a couple of days whereas on the iPad mini, the battery meter wouldn’t have even flinched. If you think it’s weird, this is actually a known issue. As a result, uptime on the Nexus 7 is significantly reduced when Wi-Fi is enabled. Some users have reported that a system reset rectifies the issue, but that’s unproven.


As a seasoned iOS user, I’m more comfortable with using the iPad mini; simply because I’m able to download every purchased app from the iTunes Store free of charge to new devices. Prior to this, I haven’t used very many Android apps, and most of them were free. From my observations, apps from Google Play, more specifically free apps, aren’t really up to iTunes Store standards.

Take for example, the Facebook app. On the iPad mini, the Facebook application mimics the desktop layout as closely as possible. On the Nexus 7 however, it’s merely a blown up version designed for Android smartphones.

ipad mini review

Admittedly, Google Play’s selection of books and magazines are pretty impressive, and most of them are significantly cheaper than the iBookstore. So again, the Nexus 7 wins the battle of electronic readers. As you can probably tell, I’m personally coming to the conclusion that the Nexus 7 is ideal as an ereader, disappointed only by the lack of great apps from Google Play. Unfortunately, that’s a shame because its Tegra processor is capable of so much more.

The bottom line

The Nexus 7 is a great, affordable 7-inch Android tablet, let down only by the lack of properly designed applications on Google Play. Before you decide on which tablet to purchase, you need to know what you’ll be doing with it: consuming or creating? Although the iPad mini has a superb selection of apps to fall back on, the Nexus 7 is a great all-rounder with excellent hardware specs.

Advantages of the Nexus 7:

  • affordable price
  • crisp, high definition display
  • solid design
  • capable hardware (including NFC)
    Disadvantages of the Nexus 7:
  • cramped display
  • lack of hardware buttons
  • lack of high resolution rear-facing camera
  • needs better apps
  • battery life could be better

For more in-depth reviews of either device, please read Apple iPad Mini Review and Giveaway Apple iPad Mini Review and Giveaway This is a much overdue review, I'll admit, but instead of publishing a breezy overview of the iPad mini, I wanted to experience and integrate it in my daily life in order to truly tell... Read More or Google Nexus 7 (16GB) Android Tablet Review and Giveaway Google Nexus 7 (16GB) Android Tablet Review and Giveaway We purchased a 16GB Nexus 7 for $249 which I've been reviewing for a week or so now, and I've really grown to love the little thing. We'll be giving it away at the end... Read More

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  1. _n
    June 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    So...I'm trying to decide between a Nexus 7 and an iPad mini. I'll mostly be creating, not consuming (coding, writing, drawing, researching). I'll also be reading. But I won't be watching movies or listening to music. I basically want a mini lite production device for when I'm traveling and don't feel like taking my laptop along.

    What say you makeuseof? Which do you recommend for that kind of use case, and why?

  2. Pete
    May 26, 2013 at 4:42 am

    "the iPad mini is wider — and that makes web browsing more enjoyable because more elements can be displayed." Hmm... Please explain. The iPad's screen is 763 pixels wide, while the Nexus 7's is 800. Doesn't it mean, that using the same zoom factor, the Nexus 7 displays more elements of the web page?
    Did you mean "the iPad mini has a lower screen resolution, which makes web browsing more enjoyable because everything looks bigger"?

  3. Japhet Balabagno
    April 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

    is the quad core from nexus 7 better than the apple's dual core A chip processor? then why so many video in youtube where the apple processor have better performance like playing HD games? :)

  4. Sachin
    April 6, 2013 at 8:10 am

    apple piche karna hai

  5. Sachin
    April 6, 2013 at 8:08 am

    fantastic than ipad mini

  6. Rishi Chaturvedi
    March 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

    2 big disadvantages of Nexus7 cant be ignored -
    1. Rear Facing Camera
    2. Battery Life

    This is going to be a primary concern at least for me while buying a tablet.

  7. Huki
    March 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

    The Nexus 7 is not cramped space as you mentioned. You forgot to compare movie watching.... a 16:9 is way better than a 4:3 where it cuts off everything in the movie. As for the battery life on mini, apple lies about the 10hr standard. At most on a good day, maybe you get 6hrs tops. I would love to get an apple but as far as tablets go, they haven't made one better than an android yet, only their computers are better.

  8. Francisco de Gusmão
    February 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Some argue that the soft buttons on android devices are actually an advantage.. It makes sense for me too, since they follow the screen rotation and you can add more buttons for your favourite functions (in a nutshell: it's more flexible)
    By the way, great review, I think it was fair for both parts!

  9. fritz Richard
    February 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    thanks for the article! 12000 points is so far :) good job to those who have 12k points!

  10. Chris
    February 11, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Nice article. I've been thinking about these two for a while.

  11. Chris
    February 11, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Nice article. I've been thinking about these two for a while.

  12. Macwitty
    February 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Sorry friends, I took the last one

    Do not cry, remember what Jackson Chung wrote January 17th ”don’t worry, we’ll have lots more hardware Rewards to come. Just keep on earning more points!”

    It will be your turn next time because I have used all my points now

    • Jack Schiff
      February 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm


      • Malkhaz Abuladze
        February 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        Congratulations, Macwitty

    • ha14
      February 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

      hope you will receive it soon, congrats and enjoy:)

    • Sonesh Lakhani
      May 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

      How many points you have exchange for it ?

  13. ozmark
    February 8, 2013 at 7:44 am

    This is hilarious, starting as a x-product vs y-product spiel, but then ending up only passing judgement on x-product, as if y is beyond reproach.

    The "Ecosystem" verdict is awesome, basically "I've already spent a boat-load in APL-land, so the Nexus is at fault because I'm locked in". And, yes, The Faceplant app proves that *all* APL apps are better. Just like nav, right?

  14. Ayush Mittal
    February 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Do You Ship In India

    • Ayush Mittal
      February 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      If Yes How Much Rupees

  15. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    February 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Idea for future rewards: premium programs like Adobe's Photoshop or Evernote premium subscription (3 months, 1yr, etc). I'm sure a lot of people would like to have Evernote premium a chance without spending any money to try it first ;)

  16. Arshad Hasan
    February 2, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Nexus 4

  17. Scott Hilderbran
    January 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    They both have great advantages but I think I will be getting an Nexus 7 just for the "Android Experience" I think that it will be really fun to mess around with the more open style OS.

  18. Gianna Marie Lanete
    January 27, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I hope i have enoguh points for this.

  19. Ivan Vucic
    January 25, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Oh well, only if i have spent more time here instead of playing Heroes of Newerth, ah well, i should get back to playing games :D

  20. Charles Orlando
    January 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Definitely the 7 over the mini. I think Apple is usability farming. Well its their company. And I don't sweat the total app in your market comparison. When we need an app that's proprietary to one platform, just chill for a few months or a year. either it will be available soon on your platform, or someone will write something that does the same thing or better.

  21. Larry Johnson
    January 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I've got my Nexus. Put the giveaway sounds great. Only 11939 points to go. Maybe next decade. :o} Otherwise, I love my Nexus. It's a great reader. I've learned how to get all my e-books to it. Thanks to "Make Use of" help. It's great for casual browsing, FB and of course the occasional game.

  22. Ahmedmahir
    January 23, 2013 at 6:55 am

    That is great

  23. Patricia Calvert
    January 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    For me, this was a very, very good review. It helped me look at the basics, giving me a lot to think about if I'm ever faced with this choice. For, me, anything over $10 deserves careful thought.

  24. Noman Fayez
    January 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    It is almost impossible to get 12000 points from now on..... Points are not so easy to earn

  25. Graham Mott
    January 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I love the nexus 7, so happy that its being exchanged.

  26. Onur Engün
    January 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    ?pad mini better than this

  27. Trevor Hackett
    January 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    This will take forever to get my points that high! I guess I'll just save them up and hope I have enough in time for the next great give away.

  28. raymond mcnatt
    January 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I haven't used an Apple device since 1986.

  29. Gerhard Tinned
    January 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

    12000 points is a lot ... sadly i have not even close to enough points. :-(

  30. Jurmy Chris
    January 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Hip Hip.... 10k more points to earn and i can enter the comp, gr8 giveaway anyway ;) !!!!

    • Jackson Chung
      January 21, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Keep earning points! Who knows what else we might offer in the future!

  31. Taswir Haider
    January 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Nexus7 is damn good but I would prefer iPad Mini.

  32. Sam Ayirookuzhiyil
    January 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    nah..ill just buy one of those cheap 99 dollar android tabs from a discount store and expand it with a micro sd. If any issues i can just cyanogen mod it

  33. Réy Aétar
    January 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    so thats why there are no more quality answers or comments ,some just comment for getting points..

    • Jackson Chung
      January 21, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Nope, we don't award points for comments anymore. In order to get points for your comments now, other readers will have to Like your comments.

  34. Caroline West
    January 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Thanks so much for this review. I'm an inch closer to buying the Asus Nexus but I wanted to check out the reviews here first. I can no way afford to buy an Apple iPad in any shape or form so the Nexus is really my only option.

    I've seen some other tablets but the Nexus 7 is out-weighing all of them. It does run the 4.1 Jelly-Bean version. And from a review that I read on Amazon, one customer who gave an update to his already glowing review, said that Nexus will upgrade to 4.2 which is handy.

    I think I'm going to buy it. This version is 32Gb so Google I guess listened to peoples complaints about the initial 8 & 16Gb not having the function to add extra memory and produced a 32Gb one.

    I just hope it lives up to its set bar although I am concerned about the negative point of it being 'Cramped'. If there were a 10" version, I'd probably go for that instead. But, it has great reviews - so I'm sold!

    • Jackson Chung
      January 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

      There is! It's called the Nexus 10:

    • ha14
      January 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Nexus 10 has two cameras, in Back 5 Megapixel and in Front 1.9megapixel, so you can be served well on most occasions, plus there should be a cellular version with wifi! Also i think Samsung Made Nexus 10 and is little more reactive than Nexus 7!

  35. Shridhar Patel
    January 19, 2013 at 8:11 am

    The Nexus 7 has a better display than the upcoming Ipad 4.

  36. Shrey Gokani
    January 19, 2013 at 6:40 am

    obviously one should go for nexus 7. tho i dont have 12k points, i will be buying it on my birthday!! Cheers for such a good comparision!

  37. Vinh
    January 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I would go for the Nexus 7 as well. Android is a much funner OS all-around.

  38. Dr. Jan Pieter Mulder
    January 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I´d prefer a "nexus" over an I-something anytime, since there is always much more innovation behind it for a smaller cost. Let's be real... Apple is over the top.

  39. Tim Schluter
    January 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Just bought a 32GB Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi + cellular), and I'm actually rather disappointed in it... enough so to consider sending it back.
    I would instantly upgrade to a model that had a rear view facing camera (essential for scanning), LED flash and built telephony. While the Nexus 7 is a bit big for a phone, it would be nice to make calls on it with a Bluetooth headset/mic. I'm also a bit surprised to find that some of the apps that show up in Google Play actually are not compatible with the Nexus 7. In particular I'm think of a program (My Pantry) that incorporates a scanning function. I don't know if this is because Jellybean lacks backward compatibility, or if it's because of the lack of a full-feature rear facing camera.

  40. druv vb
    January 18, 2013 at 6:04 am

    This review is in favor of the Nexus 7, and I like that. Its not that the iPad Mini is bad. The Nexus 7 is better than the iPad Mini, for now.

  41. Audrey Johnson
    January 18, 2013 at 4:29 am

    This is very much out of my point range, but maybe one day I will be blessed enough to get one. Thanks for the opportunity though, may I can get one the next time it comes around.

    Make Use Of, please do offer this special again as a lot of loyal members didn't have chance to take advantage of this great deal, with or without the cash or the rewards points.

    • Jackson Chung
      January 21, 2013 at 12:26 am

      We'll definitely consider it, Audrey. Cheers.

  42. AndroidPcGamer
    January 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I actually would rather go with the Nexus 7 rather than the ipad mini. The Nexus has way more juice under the good perfect for running emulators on Android whereas not only does iOS have a crappy selection of emulators you can only get through jail breaking it also it has powerful. As for the mini's slightly bigger screen well I use a 10.1 inch tablet when I want screen space not a 7 inch. Overall I'd never buy a ipad mini or any other apple device for that matter. There way to overpriced for what you get and there are many cooler more productive options out there. Anyway that's my opinion.

  43. Victor Ong
    January 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    This isn't a typical giveaway is it? It's more of a point redemation! There's no drawing I guess, so if you have the points, you get it!

    154 points away onLY!!

    • Jackson Chung
      January 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Go for it!!!

  44. Dan Farrow
    January 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    If only i had 12000 points

  45. Adrian Navan
    January 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

    What a biased review. By your own admission an iOS user and obviously destined to stay that way. No comparison was made of the following.

    Speed of the processor
    Ability to render 3D graphocs for gaming
    Mullti tasking ability

    Pretty significant criteria which you managed to totally ignore. Oh and as for your gripe about the power button, you can buy some very nice cases with a Sleep/Power Up switch built in.
    If you can't do better than that just don't bother.

    • Jackson Chung
      January 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Well, would you be able to tell the difference between an A4 chip and a Tegra processor in everyday use without benchmarking? That's what I'm trying to accomplish here. I'm allowing the Nexus 7 to integrate into my daily workflow without considering the under-the-hood specifications.

      Generally, I'm not a huge gamer, and I wouldn't buy a Nexus 7 just for gaming anyway. There are better consoles for that. iOS and Android 4.2.1 multitask pretty similarly -- so there's hardly anything to compare there. NFC -- how often did I use it? Not at all.

      So basically, it came down to how the Nexus 7 performed when doing the things I usually do on my iPad mini i.e. reading, browsing, playing simple games, emailing -- in essence, consuming media. Without considering the operating system at all, I came to the conclusion that I preferred doing all that on an iPad mini. Of course, I have my gripes with the iPad mini, but overall, my experience with it was more pleasant and required less user intervention compared to the Nexus 7.

      I'm not saying that the Nexus 7 is lousy in anyway; I wouldn't have picked it to review (and offer it to you) otherwise. It's just not for me. And clearly, lots of other people would like to own one.

  46. Mahesh Kumar
    January 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Great Giveaway.. Google Nexus 7 is just awesome for the price we pay for it..

  47. Ran Kinory
    January 17, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Too far 12000 points

  48. Er Deepak Garg
    January 17, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Google nexus appears to be better in terms of price and specs..

    this giveaway is amazing
    I am a beginner how can I win this giveaway..?

  49. Jack Schiff
    January 17, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I'd like to see you a review (and reward if possible) interesting device - ISOstick. Maybe interview Eric Agan.
    I, with great difficulty gained 12k for this tablet. Because I didn't expect such luxury offers, or would try to advance (I didn't have 150) And now I will only giveaways for 25 points))

  50. Yang Yang Li
    January 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Bet those who traded 7000 points for their LaCie Key are feeling a bit left out!

    • Jackson Chung
      January 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Admittedly, we priced this hardware Rewards too conservatively but don't worry, we'll have lots more hardware Rewards to come. Just keep on earning more points!

  51. Biobaku Collins
    January 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Though way out of my point range. I believe overtime android based device will have more to offer than iOS

  52. Austin Phillip
    January 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    This isnt just Super.. No No No...

    This is Super Duper... And that's much much more than it being just Super

    Because it's got a Duper on the End of it..

  53. John Kirkpatrick
    January 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I think I've finally got a handle on this POINTS business. I don't have any.

    • Yang Yang Li
      January 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Just liked your post so now you do!

  54. Anonymous
    January 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I would choose Nexus 7 anytime..

  55. Asif Khan
    January 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I have a Galaxy Tab 2 and one of my friend has iPad mini. I didn't mention the name of companies because it all comes down to the OS they run on. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, and we fight (argue) with each other over that.

    About the giveaway, congrats to whoever wins the Nexus 7.

  56. Russell Banfield
    January 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Great giveaway! Does anyone have 12000 points?!

    • Adrian Rea
      January 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      look at your profile page and click on the top user of all time :)

  57. Suyanto Milanistik
    January 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I am waiting the prize : )

    • Alex Schnapps
      January 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm


    • Jack Schiff
      January 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Now, couple of months will have to wait until someone can win the remaining tablets. 12k is a very much of points.

    • Noy Sobu
      January 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      So you're one of the three who already claimed. Congrats.

    • Yang Yang Li
      January 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm


    • ha14
      January 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      many congratulations, enjoy it and start making new points for the future:)

  58. M.S.Vish
    January 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Nexus 7 battery , if allowed to drain off, sometimes does not begin to charge when connected to the mains power supply. There have been many such complaints as evident from the user forum. I had a similar misfortune and after searching the web extensively, I succeeded in getting a tip and it worked. Due to this I can never let my Nexus 7 unit drain out completely.

  59. Nikhil Chandak
    January 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    great giveaway !
    but 12000 points !!

  60. Brahma Das
    January 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I like nexus. I like Google and all of its featured product. The initiatives taken by Google for electric car and Google glass is super. Tech means Google Tech

  61. Jack Schiff
    January 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Oh no! I'm foolish muoer

  62. Kiky Wulandary
    January 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

    good :)

  63. cbsmith
    January 16, 2013 at 10:14 am

    A pipedream at the moment. Not enough points but an incentive to continue collecting for the next amazing giveaway

  64. Ned
    January 16, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Makeuseof is a great service and I never hesitate to recommend it. The giveaways are a nice touch but I cannot imagine ever accumulating the high number of points. I think that it would be a good idea to sponser giveaways based on the most useful posts of the week/month, whatever. This would encourage qulity input which would also tend to attract more interest in Makeuseof. I will not try to get into logistics of setting this up but it may well be worth the effort.

    • Jackson Chung
      January 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

      It would be a good idea to create an account and start earning points yourself, Ned :)

      • Ned
        January 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm


        Am a bit confused here. The welcome email that I received from makeuseof on 10/23/12 did not mean that I have an account? I have actually been eeking out a few comments since then. Christian Cawley even sent a complimentary msg to me on my input to the smartphone "Don't Be A Victim" article.

        My post was a well intended suggestion and although brief I had given thought to what I said. I am somewhat disappointed that your response was evasive. Good grief - a bit of presumptuous finger-wagging. :-P###..

        • Tina Sieber
          January 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm


          You need to log in using one of your social networking account. This is how you then create an account with us. As of this comment, you are not logged in and not collecting any points.

          We send a welcome email to people who subscribe to the newsletter. This does not equal creating an account. In other words, creating an account and subscribing to the newsletter are two different things, independent of each other.

          Sorry if this is confusing, hope it's clear now. :)

  65. ridwaan
    January 16, 2013 at 8:05 am

    would be great if i earn 12000 points

    • Noy Sobu
      January 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      It is not impossible but it kinda takes time.

  66. Keno Clayton
    January 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

    This is an awesome giveaway but at the current point price then :( seems I have to retreat out of this one. Congrats to anyone who is able to muster up the 12,000 points in time :-) and great review by the way.

    One suggestion though would be to make more ways of gaining points possible because that would really show which people are active on the site and deserve things like these.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      January 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      I have 4369 at the point of this comment. The LaCie Coolkeys costed 8000 points. Given the price of the item, I think it's justified.
      I don't know since when you're a member, but we used to gain 5 points/comment, but that led to spams and off-topic replies.

      • Yang Yang Li
        January 16, 2013 at 11:14 pm

        Just realized now that I no longer recieve points for commenting. I finally know why. It angers me to think of people abusing the system by leaving one-liners just to get points and ruining it for the rest of us. I have been leaving comments for the past 2 months without giving much thought to points. I hope MUO finds a way to reward legitimate users invested in the site.

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          January 17, 2013 at 12:16 am

          Actually there was a post explaining the change. Maybe you missed it. I'm not too concerned about points anymore since I can't participate in physical giveaways/rewards anyway (no US address and too cheap to pay for mail forwarding)-but my points are enough for any software rewards.
          You're right. The one-liners are annoying, but double blow when they ruin the whole system.

        • Muo TechGuy
          January 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

          There, I'll throw you a like for that ;)

        • Jackson Chung
          January 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

          And one from me. Enjoy!

  67. Nahla
    January 16, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I come from the Philippines, one of those 5 ineligible countries where your site can’t ship physical items. If someone wins from those countries, do you notify that person first that she/he is illegible to get the prize? Or do you just simply choose another winner without informing? Just wondering…

    • Jackson Chung
      January 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Nahla, this isn't a giveaway, so there isn't a "winner". As long as anyone has 12,000 points, they are able to claim the tablet from our Rewards program.

      • Nahla
        January 17, 2013 at 8:27 am

        Oh. I noticed from the comments that almost everybody thinks this is a "giveaway". You can't really blame us since technically, you're giving this away, so it's a "giveaway" in a way. ;P But hey, thanks for clarifying. I now know it's under your "Rewards" section. =)

    • Jackson Chung
      January 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      With that said, we do not ship to certain countries for a reason, and that is deliverability. We don't want to be held responsible if the item failed to be delivered, so we would rather if people from those the list of ineligible countries arrange for final delivery to their home countries.

      • Nahla
        January 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

        Oh, so you mean you do inform the winners first who come from these ineligible countries? I see. Thanks. The problem in our place is that usually the charge of overseas parcels costs ridiculously high that you'd realize it's better to buy that thing locally instead. Oh, the pain...

    • Noy Sobu
      January 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Hi Nahla! Where can I find the list of ineligible countries? If I remember it right, I have seen a photo of a MUO winner from PH somewhere. Hmmmm...

      • Noy Sobu
        January 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        Just saw it. Well, if someone from those countries win anything, they should be told I guess. They may have relatives from other countries where the prize can be shipped.

        • Nahla
          January 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

          Exactly my point. Jackson says they do inform the winners first.

      • Nahla
        January 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

        Did they remove the link? The ineligible countries I remember are: India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. I can't remember the other one. Well, am from PH and I won a licence for a software once. Thanks, MUO. I appreciate it. =)

        • Jackson Chung
          January 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

          Yes, we removed the condition. Now, we will deliver to any fixed address for free.

        • Noy Sobu
          January 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

          That's great news.

          Sadly for me, it is just now that I registered although I have been visiting this site for over a year now. I love to have the bitfinder license since mine is only good for a year. It's time to harvest those points. :D

  68. prabhath kaushalya
    January 16, 2013 at 6:07 am

    nice one......

  69. Stephanie Staker
    January 16, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I actually prefer the look (at least the photos you have) of the Nexus 7 pad. I know Apple leads the market just because they were first but still pricey in my book. Great review, by the way.

  70. Sai Krishna
    January 16, 2013 at 5:59 am

    very informative review

  71. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    January 16, 2013 at 5:12 am

    That means I can't get the reward even if I pay for the shipping cost? (I'm in Indonesia)

    • Tina Sieber
      January 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      I think shipping costs are not the main issue. We want to keep maintenance down and shipping to other countries causes a lot of headache, not just us, but also the recipients. While only Jackson can answer your question, for now I would say it's not possible.

    • Jackson Chung
      January 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      It's not a question of money. We don't want to be held accountable if the item fails to be delivered. So we would rather if you were responsible for delivery to your home country, and this means that we'll be more than happy to deliver it to a fixed address provided by any mail forwarding company.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        January 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        Since I've got severalpackages lost in the way, I perfectly understand your concern. Postal service here is horrid. One time the package arrived half a year after the shipment, and it's a first class mail.
        I'm sorry that you have to deal with a lot of disappointed users, but am also grateful for the explanation. Do you have any mail forwarding service recommendation?

        • Jackson Chung
          January 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

          We've now changed our terms and decided to ship to any fixed address for free.

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          January 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

          Thanks, I guess?
          Looks like this problem has finally exploded amongst users (not that I'm not grateful). Thank you very much.

  72. Ashwin Ramesh
    January 16, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I guess I'll miss out on this one, like many of you readers. 12000 points is quite a lot? Well, am not so sure. I think 12000 points is decent enough for this one :) MakeUseOf has come a long way from having taken 8000 points for a 20$ Lacie CooKey (with portable apps) to offering a 250$ tablet for 12000 points. Way to go MUO! We can expect better rewards in the days ahead :)

  73. Wilson Lim
    January 16, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Wow great giveaway, but long way go!!!

  74. Rene Bernal
    January 16, 2013 at 2:11 am

    another great info about ipad mini vs nexus 7!

  75. Bj Reilly
    January 16, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Nice giveaway!

  76. Judith
    January 16, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Oh, please let me win one.....sigh. Thanks for reading my beg.

  77. Calum Henderson
    January 16, 2013 at 2:00 am

    12,000 points? Oh :( Only 11,950 to go... D:

  78. Jackie Linehan
    January 16, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Great review but way out of reach for my points. I can't imagine ever earning that many points.

  79. Rene Gatdula
    January 16, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I was supposed to jump with joy..until I saw PH is one of those ineligible countries...:-(

    • Jackson Chung
      January 16, 2013 at 1:47 am

      Hi Rene,

      If you're happy to provide us with a US, UK or Australian shipping address, we can deliver it there for free. You can arrange to have it shipped to your final destination on your own.

      Hope that helps.

      • Rene Gatdula
        January 16, 2013 at 4:34 am

        ..that would take a long....long process since the only way I can have a US address is to have a Paypal account which is US funded..
        ...aww...I feel like I'm singled-out... :-(

      • Harshit Jain
        January 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

        Any hope for future rewards where India is eligible?

        • Tina Sieber
          January 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

          All Software Rewards are open worldwide.

        • Harshit Jain
          January 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

          I mean the hardware rewards. I am from India and got the Lacked Cooley from rewards and it is great. So
          will MUO also have hardware rewards where India will be eligible?

        • Jackson Chung
          January 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

          In fact, all software giveaways are worldwide as well. This rule is only imposed when there's a physical product involved and we have to arrange for shipping.

  80. Brandon Brown
    January 16, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I was torn between the Ipad mini and the Nexus 7 during the holiday as a gift for my mom. I really wanted to push her towards the Android ecosystem when I couldn't find an Ipad mini in stock. I stuck it out though and lucked up on one through Craigslist without much premium. After reading this review I feel better about the decision.

    Make no mistake, for me and my house we go Android. But this user and this tablet (ipad) was the better decision this time around. Next holiday though...

  81. ale L
    January 16, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Incredibly useful review! I always have issues when choosing technology because I don't really know the differences between products. I will definitely keep this in mind for my next purchase. Thank you!

  82. Wolfgang Marcos
    January 16, 2013 at 12:45 am

    So long following the blog and just now I found out that I needed a MakeUseOf account to join some giveaway =(

  83. Kai Nam Tai
    January 16, 2013 at 12:37 am

    By the time i reach 12000 points, Nexus 70 will be out.

  84. Curtis C.
    January 16, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I just need 11360 points more to get this lol

  85. Red Protoman
    January 16, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I will win this

    • Tina Sieber
      January 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Actually, you won't. You need 12,000 points and then you can just have it.

  86. salvador hernandez
    January 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Will work for points... lol

  87. salvador hernandez
    January 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Only 10k points away!!!!!

  88. Noy Sobu
    January 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Like my comment and I will create my own Nexus 7 giveaway if I get one from MUO. Hahaha.

  89. Anthony
    January 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Now I just need 11995 points!

  90. Edward Bellair
    January 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    So many points needed, so little time!

  91. Lucero De La Tierra
    January 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    My mother and sis-in-law each have 16GB Nexus 7s. Given my familiarity and comfort with the Android OS I'd probably opt for the Nexus.

  92. Scott Macmillan
    January 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    A great prize.A little steep for me with the amount of points needed though.

  93. Yash Desai
    January 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I like the ipad, but i feel that the nexus 7 offers way more for the money. Also this is a great giveaway, nice job anyone that has 12000 points

  94. Anonymous
    January 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    All this back and forth about what's better, Apple or Android, is to me, a moot point. For me it really boils down to how I plan using the device. I'm definitely not a hacker, but I love the fact that I customize my Galaxy S3 in a number of ways through various settings and widgets. My wife's iPad doesn't give me the same options and I find myself continually frustrated by its set up.

    I think the same goes for the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini. It doesn't matter if your an Apple fanboy or prefer Androids, but you should really look at how you plan on using it as both have their strengths and weaknesses.

    • Muo TechGuy
      January 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Register an account, and you'd get points for such a balanced and thoughtful approach.

  95. Dave Ward
    January 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I got a Nexus 7 tablet about two months after the launch. After a few weeks the battery was toast I couldn't even use it plugged into the mains. So I contacted my retailer who gave me ASUS;s number. Let me say that their customer service is chronically substandard compared to say DELL.

    They refused to accept the unit for repair unless I paid the shipping charges (their policy). When I got it back it only lasted a day before the problem returned. Fuming I called them to complain, they offered me a fee shipping label this time but no offer of a refund for the previous shipping price. Since it has come back though I have had no further issues with it but when they invited me to take an online customer survey I couldn't even get to the web page.

    Despite all of this drama the Nexus 7 is proving to be value for money, when I first purchased it I got a $30 credit for the play store which is not available now, though they do now offer more storage for the same price which I honestly I would have preferred. I bought the 16 g version for $250 bucks.

    Some of the main features which I like are the stunning HD display, I downloaded the pilot version of Chicago Fire and the quality was just amazing, and Google now is just Epic, I can ask for directions by voice before I leave and then turn on Navigation, once you have done this it will guide you to your destination without the need for Wifi and with extreme accuracy, (though you will not be able to use it to get to another destination without WiIFI, bit of a bummer) and to use it you need to download a local map which a snap.

    I also have several bibles installed and even a free audio bible, I have also downloaded several books in addition to The Bourne Legacy which came pre-installed/ I am however disappointed at the lack of a rear facing camera and the frugal amount of apps in the play store but hopefully this will soon change.

    In Summary

    Great Price
    Superb Screen Quality
    Great Navigation System
    Great for downloading audio books (including your local library)
    Fast access to Gmail
    Great Google+ App
    Good notification System
    Awesome for viewing Movies ,TV shows and for Skyping
    GOOGLE Music can match all the music on your PC now and stream it back to you on your Nexus for FREE (up to 20,000 songs no size limit) including your iTunes Library
    Nice Large Calculator

    Inferior Customer Support from ASUS
    Battery takes a long time to charge
    Power button and volume rocker difficult to find sometimes
    Lack of Apps
    Lack of rear facing camera
    No Folder System to Group Icons like Apple does

    Overall I am happy I bought this unit it's proving great as a consumer device at an affordable price.

    • = edyshor =
      January 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      There are a lot of great apps aout there to help you organize, i use something called 'Apps Organizer' that groups your app icons in folders based on tags you assign to the apps. This was one of the first apps i found when i searched for one so i'm guessing there could be more as great or greater. For browsing the filesystem i recommend 'ES File Explorer' but hmm .. i'm using it for my SD Card on my phone and since Nexus 7 doesn't have a SD card ..

      • Dave Ward
        January 16, 2013 at 7:23 am

        Thanks I appreciate the heads up, I will search it out on play

  96. Todd Gerhauser
    January 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    The Nexus 7 is an amazing tablet. Crystal clear display, no delay in responding to commands. I bought one Nexus 7 tablet for my older daughter, and one lesser tablet for my younger daughter. Putting these 2 tablets side by side is like putting a Ferrari and a Toyota Camry side by side. There simply isn't a comparison.

    It's design, while inexpensive next to the Ipad is still a quality design, the other tablet feels cheep in comparison. My oldest prefers to use it over the Ipad (full size) as it is easier for her to hold and not nearly as heavy.

    I will note, that when I went looking for one a number of retailers told me that the 16GB version has been discontinued, meaning that the 32GB is the lowest price point remaining. The lack of an expansion slot isn't the end of the world when you use cloud storage such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

    • Pam Young
      January 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      I learned something from the review (4 points), AND a BUY link for the price you mentioned would have been appreciated (-1 point).

  97. Ng Hong
    January 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Well I would still opt for Nexus over Apple.I don't know, based on the affordability and the pros and cons between them actually doesn't make that much of a big deal. That what I think.

  98. John Mack
    January 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I'll never make it :(.

  99. Muhammad Shafeeq
    January 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    great giveaway

  100. Zia Shahid Choudhery
    January 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    It's helP for better selection

  101. pam holt
    January 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Man, I gotta get some points-too bad I can't trade my Slotmania points. :-(

  102. Gene Michelsen
    January 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Want one!

  103. Vinicius Balani
    January 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Amazing! Pitty that I don't get enough points!

  104. Ryszard Grodzicki
    January 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I think I prefer giveaways for random people than for those who collect enormous amounts of points by spamming their friends, begging for likes etc.

  105. Muhannad Agha
    January 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Would be great to have.

  106. dragonmouth
    January 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Too bad the comparison was done by a Fruitco faithful. Nexus never had a chance.

    • Paul van den Bergen
      January 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Totally.. It's a bit hard to compare the app markets if you've only used iTunes.. I've used both and found Play both cheaper (same applies on both markets often cheaper or free on Play) and with a wider range of apps. WRT tablet v's mobile apps, and that's down to the developer not the store.. I bet any app with active development on both platforms will have a tablet version that works perfectly well on both.

      • = edyshor =
        January 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        I know right? I've seen this trend in other places too, apple accoustomed users writing a comparison between apple and android ^_^ But i guess there's no helping it since apple was first and everyone in the 'test & attest' business jumped on the wagon then became hooked, its completely normal for them to find GPlay awkward :)

        • Paul van den Bergen
          January 16, 2013 at 1:46 am

          There is a bit of an uncanny valley problem... Cf MSword versus any other word processor - so close in expected standard behaviour that the exceptions freak us out

          And a bit of invested effort.. That we learn and invest in first is often hard to overcome a prejudice.. See vi versus Emacs.

          But.... This is supposed to be a professional review without that sort of bias.... Not impressed.

    • Muo TechGuy
      January 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

      You've never actually owned an Apple device of any kind, have you?

      • dragonmouth
        January 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm

        I have never owned a Rolex but that doesn't stop me from considering it an overpriced status symbol. A Bulova or a Movado can tell time just as well at a much lower price.

        Oh, I have been a Fruitco products owner going back to Apple II+.

  107. Richard Young
    January 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Interesting giveaway

    • Tina Sieber
      January 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Hardware Reward. :)

  108. Arxadius Stark
    January 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Good lord man! How in god's name are we supposed to get 12000 points! It'll take me nearly 2 weeks to get half that amount! O_o

    • Dustin Smith
      January 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      I know, now chance on winning this time.

      • Somaiya Ebrahim
        January 16, 2013 at 8:51 am

        actually, if you are a non-Pakistani/Indian, you DO have a chance of winning, i have been joining giveaways since over a year, just now i learned that even if i won, they would give my reward to someone else...thank God i have stopped commenting/sharing on this website as much as i used to. i am very disappointed

        • Tina Sieber
          January 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm


          I'm sorry for your disappointment and maybe I can change it a little.

          What you say is true for Hardware Giveaways and Rewards. This is a Hardware Reward, not a Giveaway.

          We cannot safely ship products to some countries, including Pakistan and India. They routinely get lost or those countries charge the recipients large fees. In the past, this has caused us and the recipients a lot of issues, which is why we have restricted Giveaways and Hardware Rewards.

          Moreover, you can win Giveaways and receive Hardware Rewards if you are able to provide us with a US mailing address. Apparently there are services which offer a US mailing address for residents of other countries.

          I hope this makes things a little clearer.

        • Yashodhan Bhatt
          January 26, 2013 at 4:44 am

          So is that for sure that you no longer ship to India ?

          :(... That's both disheartening and confusing at the same time.

          Just today I read the comment of an Indian guy (as his name suggests) that he received an 8 GB Lacie?
          I have even asked him to clarify.

          In my sense it is more important to have an extensive source of varied articles to read than to simply share them as a point freak but your restrictions to India kind of made me sad.

          It is because in that case MUO would lose a great population of interested users. I am at no level to judge your restrictions,just a friendly remark.

          Anyway,please find time to clarify me on whether I can receive a hardware ( giveaway and (or) ) reward if I horde up enough points. Also that do you plan to manage the shipping hassles some day in the future?
          I am clear about the premium software issues.

          Thanks for reading...Good Day!

        • Tina Sieber
          January 26, 2013 at 10:36 am

          Since I wrote this comment we have re-opened Hardware Rewards (not Giveaways) to participants worldwide.

        • Jackson Chung
          January 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm

          We only impose restrictions whenever it involves shipping because as my colleague, Tina, pointed out, we often face issues with deliverability to those countries. These are known cases which we've fought with in the past.

          When it comes to software giveaways, anyone can win, regardless of where you're from.

        • Somaiya Ebrahim
          January 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

          i did not know the restriction applied to only hardware, thank you for clarifying. i really do appreciate a response

        • Somaiya Ebrahim
          January 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

          i did not know the restriction applied to only hardware, thank you for clarifying. i really do appreciate a response to my complaint so quickly

  109. Valentin Tudor
    January 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Not even close to 12000 points! It would take me forever!

  110. Mishaal Fatima
    January 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    this is so unfair :(

    • Dee Wheat
      January 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      It's not unfair. MUO bought the tablets, and they get to determine how they will be distributed. Had they just sent them to the readers they like, THAT would be unfair.

      I've been a MUO reader, and have benefitted from the knowledge I've gained, for years, and I'm sitting here with 193 points, which I personally think is quite fair because I don't comment a lot. The fact that earning one of these tablets requires a significant investment in time and energy in the site is absolutely fair. In fact, it couldn't get much more fair.

  111. Jack Stockbridge
    January 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Nexus 7 is a no brainer... Awesome giveaway - wish I'd been here longer.

  112. Diana Hill
    January 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    nice giveaway! I will never have enough points to enter this though.. Good luck everyone.

  113. Safwan Khatri
    January 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm


    • Muo TechGuy
      January 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Why so sad?

  114. Viet Phan
    January 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I was so hyped to see this giveaway because it is such an awesome giveaway then i saw the amount of points needed and my heart sank it seems so far away till i can get that many points =(

  115. Ch. B.
    January 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I need to start getting some points fot the next giveaway, I guess.

  116. Bogdan Chirita
    January 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Great giveaway.
    On the other side I only need 11908 more points... lol
    I guess I'll get some points for this comment so maybe if I am really quick and post ten thousands more by the morning I have enough.

    • = edyshor =
      January 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      you have a daily limit :)
      pe de alta parte stai chill, nu cred ca-s multi care au punctele alea :)

    • Yang Yang Li
      January 16, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Sorry to dash your hopes but users no longer recieve points by commenting. Only helpful posts that generate "Likes" will count towards points in your account. So let us help each other and really create a community by being generous with our likes. It isn't costing us anything except kindness which everyone knows exhibits a positive cycle effect.

  117. Ashish Ramachandran
    January 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    In layman's terms, there are 2 factions - pro-apple and anti-apple. So it really depends on which group you fall under. Personally, I am really happy to get almost all the features I need on a tablet for a much cheaper price :-) So Nexus it is !!!

    • Dee Wheat
      January 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Honestly, I really believe that a great deal of Apple product appeal is due to the fact that they ARE so expensive. It's a status thing, like Rolex watches, Tiffany's stock jewelry, and a thousand other examples that I won't bore you with. Yes, I know, back in the day, there were things you could do with a Mac that simply weren't possible with anything else, but those days are gone.

      The truth is that there are now thousands of factories in China throwing together a thousand different brands of electronics all at the same time, and the only difference in most of them is the name on the case.

  118. Malkhaz Abuladze
    January 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Great gift, but I am far away from it. Thank you very much for offering such great prizes

  119. C. Devesh Prabhu
    January 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Good should have started a Nexus combo giveaway...1 giveaway to rule them all....a combo of all the nexus devices from all manufacturers for that one lucky person....

    • timmyjohnboy
      January 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Or a Nexus 7 AND an iPad Mini!

  120. timmyjohnboy
    January 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I've been oogling over the Nexus 7 for quite some time now but I'm kinda waiting and hoping a future gen will sport another camera.

    • Anonymous
      January 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      I've never really understood the need for rear cameras on tablets. How often do you plan on using the rear camera instead of a phone or point and shoot? In my house, the only people who ever use the rear camera on our iPad are my 6 and 3 year old nieces. IMO, it just seems too unwieldly to use a tablet camera.

      • Dee Wheat
        January 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

        I agree...if I want to take a pic, I have several thousand dollars worth of photographic equipment to use LOL. Using any tablet camera....or even the camera in my phone, for that matter....just doesn't cut it in terms of picture quality.

      • = edyshor =
        January 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        you know .. there is this amazing thing that i'm really hopping to take off in the following years called 'Augmented Reality' which isn't that amazing without a camera cu create the layer upon which to be augmentation is done :)

        And i really believe that tables (like the 7" ones) will really boost the development and popularity of AR apps. If they have a rear camera and the battery to sustain it for longer periods of time (^_^)

      • = edyshor =
        January 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        In short, for entertainment purposes (like your gps or gyro sensor) not for professional usage :)

  121. Hoku Sarroca
    January 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    awesome giveaway for those that have the points for it LOL

  122. Alex Hoekstra
    January 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I can't help but think that it's a little disingenuous to call this offer a "giveaway" since it requires the exchange of (A LOT of) reward points. I'm not complaining; just sayin'.

    • Jackson Chung
      January 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      No one called this a giveaway, Alex. Technically, it's a hardware Rewards.

  123. James LaBarre
    January 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    No expansion slots????? How damned cheap can they **GET** with these things???? It's bad enough that most won't give you anything better than a MicroSD slot instead of a FAR more useful SD/MMC full-size slot, but none at all??? What, can't afford to spend the extra 5 cents? Afraid it'll cut into the CEO's donut budget?

    • Austin Halsell
      January 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      You seem to have a strange sense of entitlement and way too much anger at something that hardly affects your life. Sorry you can't cram a couple thousand more pictures into your tablet.

    • Vipul Jain
      January 16, 2013 at 5:09 am

      Actually your anger is right but also wrong :P
      The expansion slot is not added considering lowering budgets. So that's why you're wrong there.
      But Google's CEO gave this statement for No expansion slots in ANY NEXUS devices -

      "Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it’s just confusing for users.
      If you’re saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card? Should there be a setting? Prompt everytime? What happens to the experience when you swap out the card? It’s just too complicated.
      We take a different approach. Your Nexus has a fixed amount of space and your apps just seamlessly use it for you without you ever having to worry about files or volumes or any of that techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing.
      With a Nexus you know exactly how much storage you get upfront and you can decide what’s the right size for you. That’s simple and good for users."

      Now this dumb statement is what you should be angry about!

      • James LaBarre
        January 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        So because Google is apparently targeting their hardware to brain-dead morons, that means **I** have to suffer to make up for their stupidity? Sorry, but that's a major contributor to the decline of Western Civilization; catering to idiots. I guess it's good for the bottom line, as the morons probably spend more money on throw-away technology than the rest of us that are actually capable of using our brains. So it looks as I'll be using my brain by **NOT** buying either a Nexus7 OR a whyPad Mini.

        Yeah, you're right. Although I'm suspecting it's more cleverness on the part of Google's CEO taking advantage of stupidity on the buyer's part.

        • Vipul Jain
          January 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          God knows who gave them this mindframe!
          Anyhow just FYI, if anyone wishes to buy a decent tab, Acer has launched Iconia B1 at $120-150 (depending on locations) and it's a pretty standard tab WITH A Micro SD Slot!

  124. Debbie Strandberg
    January 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Well this is a great give a way, but I can't every get into my rewards account to know how many points I have. When I click on Login or even register, I get caught in a circle when on the "rewards" page. I'm signed in to facebook so I have no clue what I am doing wrong. I'm getting all the emails and have a confirmation email that I am registered. I have been sharring and making comments for a very long time. Hmmm I'm frustrated. Have even tried "help" to no avail. Oh well It's not meant to be.

    • Austin Halsell
      January 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Could be your browser. I use Chrome almost exclusively, but I have to use Safari or Firefox to log in to MUO. Other than this site, I seriously only use Chrome.

    • Dee Wheat
      January 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      I had that problem for a while, and ironically, when I switched from Internet Explorer to Chrome it simply ceased to be a problem LOL. I suspect it was my AVG....I had tested a new version and started having a few problems that I couldn't directly link to it, but that was the only change I could identify....but as I said, that's just a guess.

    • Jackson Chung
      January 16, 2013 at 1:49 am

      Hi Debbie, please contact for assistance anytime.

    • Muo TechGuy
      January 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Debbie, registering a user account and subscribing to the newsletter are separate things. The "register or login" link you are clicking on is simply a page explaining how to login. Did you read it? As outlined, just click the "social buttons" in the top right to associate an account; in your case, you could use Facebook. If you dont see those buttons, please disable any internet breaking plugins such as Adblock plus, noScript, Ghostery, or DoNotTrack. Also, be sure you have no third party cookie blocking in your system firewall - AVIRA is known to do this, for instance.

  125. Jorge Andrade
    January 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I am happy with my nexus 7, but think the ipad mini would make me use it more often

  126. Adrian Rea
    January 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Well it would be lovely to earn enough points to win this but it took me ages to earn my current 3000 points and I have to do that 3 more times? I started being a prolific commenter, sharer and helper, but I was very disheartened in the last batch of prizes giveaways that the winners all seemed to be people I had never heard of and searching in google, they had never posted on MUO. I wish prizes given were for useful help comment and support. If that were the case I would have certainly been eligible for many. I don't like posting one liners to boost my points count and there are many giveaways we never heard the winners of. Come on Jackson, be a fair editor an let the good commenters win once in a while!

    • Austin Halsell
      January 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Got to say that I totally agree. And now it's even harder to get points since simply leaving a comment no longer gets you any points. Now we have to rely on other people to "like" our comments. I for one have been trying to do that for people I see commenting often and being generally insightful or helpful, but there are far more one time random comments.

      Also, I am always reticent to share because I don't like spamming my friends with stuff they couldn't care less about. I try to help occasionally with answering questions, but to be honest, I'm not that savvy, and often the question has already been answered by some one else, and I'm not going to waste time saying what others have already said.

      I like the idea of the profiles and points, but it just seems to be frustrating in experience. I don't mean to be judgmental or critical since I can't think of an other (let alone, better) way of executing it, but I don't think this works for the most part. Also, I too can't stand that winners of the contests never seem to be contributing readers/members. I've never won and entered countless times.

      • Dee Wheat
        January 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        I am an older group member, both in terms of age (64) and of membership (I remember when there was no MUO website!), and while I don't always comment on articles....I refuse to go to every article and make a one or two word unrelated post simply to increase my point level.....I do read virtually every article whether it's something in which I'm currently interested or not because I've found that almost all of them can be useful to me personally.

        When I won the Kindle Touch, which I absolutely love and use every single day, Jackson asked me to send a pic of me holding my Kindle when it arrived because people were questioning their giveaways. Because I'm a power wheelchair user, it was virtually impossible to get a timed pic of us (me and my Kindle LOL!), and there is no one around who can operate my DSLR. I live alone, and my neighbors are all bikers....long story, but they're good guys even though they try to appear big and bad a lot of the time and they watch over me like a bunch of ....Male silverback gorillas, maybe?....but they're not at all technology oriented and that DSLR, and even my point-and-shoot, which seems painfully simple to me intimidates this group who think buying a disposable film camera for a specific event is pretty out there. Getting them to try to take a pic was a complete failure, so I sent him a pic of my Kindle and a pic of me in my wheelchair, which happens to be an Ibot that will climb steps, four wheel drive, hop curbs, and balances on two wheels to make me 5'10".

        At any rate, let me assure you as one who has been an MUO fan for a long, long time that these giveaways are very real, and the people who are fortunate enough to win them are also very real. The very fact that many of us who win are not prolific posters is actually proof positive of that. If they weren't real, all the prizes would go to a small and select group, and they don't, as some of you have pointed out.

        This may not change your mind, but consider whether an arthritic old woman would take the time and trouble to type this all out if she weren't sincere.

        • Adrian Rea
          January 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm

          Thank you Dee for your reply I do appreciate it. I hope that future competitions include those that reward directly for their involvement in the site. Article competitions, best support responses points for submissions or pro active sharing. If Jackson needs more ideas I am available :)
          I would like to add that I do find MUO one of the best wide spectrum of articles that really keep my interest. meone who works mainly in old tech, I wish I could write some of the articles.

        • Tina Sieber
          January 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

          Keep those ideas coming, Adrian! We are always looking for ways to improve the site. Especially right now... :)

        • Austin Halsell
          January 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

          I agree with Adrian; thank you Dee for your reply. I too don't post too frequently, which is why the points system for rewards bothers me a little. I realize now that it sounds like I was complaining about the giveaway system, but really it was more about the rewards. Super happy for your winning the Kindle Touch!

          All in all, I must admit that the points and rewards program is not often in my thoughts when reading MUO articles. I love this site for it's quality reviews, helpful tips, and general awesomeness. The points, giveaways, and rewards are all just perks, the icing on the cake. It's just so easy to become a self-entitled, whiny jerk, especially behind the keyboard. Sorry about that.

        • Tina Sieber
          January 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm


          I remember when you won the Kindle. Jackson shared the photos with the MakeUseOf staff. We were all very touched and happy that you won. Moreover, I have read several of your comments in my role as comments editor. So you're not a stranger to me.

          Thank you for being such an awesome reader! We definitely have to find a way to reward people like you more. Do let us know if you have ideas! :)

        • Dee Wheat
          January 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm


          I have no ideas at the moment, but I'll think about it. One of those Nexus tablets would be lovely LOL, but I really think the way you are handling that particular giveaway is perfect even though it knocks me out. It's a killer little toy, though.

          I do have a tablet, and when my desktop decided to cop an attitude on me a few days ago, I used that little $45 tablet to get online LOL. It's slow, but so am I, and at least it works. My "high speed broadband" here in SE TX isn't exactly lightning fast anyway, so I have become accustomed to slower connections in the past two years LOL. Now I've beaten the desktop back into submission, so we're good, at least for the moment. I really can't complain, since this thing is still being widely sold at about $1100 (yep, that's not a typo!) and the guy who crashed it sold it to me for parts for $20! It took me a few days to figure out what he had done to it and get it to boot, so I could make restore disks, and we were off and running. It still likes to give me a hard time once in a while, but for the most part it behaves very nicely.

          I think there are probably a lot of readers who don't comment a lot simply because, like me, they don't always feel that they have something significant to contribute, but they do benefit from the articles. And additionally, the forum where you can ask a tech question when you're having an issue and get multiple ideas regarding how to tackle it are especially helpful.
          Again, though, unless there was a tracker of some sort that showed who was reading the articles, which is absolutely the sort of thing MUO is opposed to, I'm not sure how you would be able to judge just how much people read but don't post. I'll think about it, though, and if I come up with something astounding I'll let you know LOL.

      • Tina Sieber
        January 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm


        Thank you for your feedback! We are trying to make the point system and rewards less frustrating for readers.

        Giveaways are independent of user activity, by the way. It's more like a lottery and meant to attract new users.

        Rewards, however, are for loyal readers only, which is why you can only have them in exchange for points. Please have a look at our

    • Jackson Chung
      January 15, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Hi Adrian,

      To be clear, this isn't a giveaway and I don't get to pick the people who receive these tablets. As long as you have enough points, you can go ahead and claim one. As for giveaways, I don't get to select the winners as well -- they're all generated randomly.

      • Dee Wheat
        January 16, 2013 at 12:13 am

        Technically it IS a giveaway, but just not a contest LOL. Adrian and Austin, I'm delighted that I could contribute something that hopefully helped reassure you two as well as others that these giveaways are real. I promise you, they really are.

        Ironically, my Kindle is especially dear to me because I'm a lifelong diehard reader, and even the larger paperbacks were beginning to hurt my hands. I gave up hardbacks years ago. I realize that the $80-90 price tag doesn't mean much to you youngsters, but for an old woman on Social Security, it's a significant outlay for what is essentially a luxury. Yes, I know, I have a ton of expensive photographic equipment, but I obtained that through a grant, not out of pocket. Any other electronics I have I have gotten at steep discounts and almost all used, or I cobbled them together from parts I got from discarded electronics LOL.

    • Vipul Jain
      January 16, 2013 at 5:03 am

      Well, for one I've been an avid participator at MUO (I guess almost a year now). And i had over the time accumulated a horde of points.
      Even I was a recipient of a 8GB Lacie Cookey..
      So it's not all non-helpers :)

      The unfair part is that a 8GB pen drive was for 8000 points and a "NEXUS 7" is for 12000 points.. :/

      • Yashodhan Bhatt
        January 26, 2013 at 4:33 am

        You actually received the 8GB Lacie??
        How come that's possible? Aren't you from India?
        Tina and Jackson just clarified in their comments that they have stopped shipping such hardware rewards to India?
        Do clarify please.

        • Vipul Jain
          January 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          This should clarify why they'd be hesitant while delivering here.

    • Tina Sieber
      January 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm


      Giveaways and Rewards are two different things.

      Rewards are given to loyal readers in exchange for the points they collected by interacting with the site as you describe. This hardware reward is for our most active and loyal readers. However, there are a lot of other rewards that are available for a much smaller amount of points and I'm sure you'll find something you like or need.

  127. Ash
    January 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Not bad at all

  128. Christian Caldwell
    January 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    This is slightly out of my "point" range.

  129. Kypros Vassiliou
    January 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Only 11805 points away!! lol

  130. Kp Rao
    January 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Really great giveaway

  131. Mayur Godhani
    January 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    An amazing giveaway in exchange of points !!
    Well 12,000 points ! someone will be lucky if he/she have 12000 points :)