"No SD slot makes this device a Triple, not a Home Run."4.0 starson by lanternlad
Pros: Excellent technical specs, bright screen, no lag, light weight, very good price.
Cons: Without SD expansion, this tablet feels like an also-ran.
Summary: Having played with a Nexus 7 a friend took home from Google I/O I really liked it. Mostly.
While I realize that the point of this tablet is to get people to rely on the Google Play Store, the inability to put my own music/videos/pictures on an SD card and pop it in and go makes me question purchasing this device.
I know that Google wants everyone to use the "Cloud", but that always isn't a viable option for some of us. Some of us live in places where internet service is spotty at best and the Cloud is unusable. And if you live in Hurricane Alley where the power tends to go out due to mother nature on a regular basis, keeping all of your entertainment in the cloud instead of on your device where you can actually use it is a laughable suggestion.
It comes down to this: Android devices with SD option provide maximum flexibility without the need to be tethered to a Cloud or music program like iTunes. That's why I have an android phone and not an iPhone. The lack of expansion possibility, though meant to drive consumers to Google's ecosystem, is a poorly thought out reminder that while Google claims to be different from Apple, when it comes to making money, they have no problem copying Apple's closed system strategy. This very strategy is one of the reasons some people eschew Apple's products for Android. The ability to choose for yourself what media you'll have on your device, and how you will put it on there. When coming out into the dog-eat-dog world of the tablet market, Google REALLY needed to hit a home run with this device. Time will tell if only getting a triple will do.