The best tablet you can buy

The Verge:

There are countless tablets available for purchase today, and we’ve surveyed all of the models you might come across in your local electronics store or on Amazon’s virtual shelves. It’s almost a tie for first place, but not quite.

Obviously, this doesn’t surprise anyone at The Loop but take a look at The Verge’s third choice. Their description of the Asus Nexus 7 doesn’t seem to warrant its score.



  • SockRolid

    My guess is that the Asus was installed in 3rd place for one main reason:

    $229.

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      I wouldn’t disagree but giving it a score of 9 seems “generous”.

      • lkalliance

        Hey, the dart lands where the dart lands.

      • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

        I assume they got an extra +2 or so for the “not Apple” feature that their readers love so much.

        • invinciblegod

          And you commenters try to deny your Apple fanboys. Your just as bad as the android fanboys. Theverge commenters always say that theverge is biased for Apple because they get the highest score. Meanwhile, you’re here saying that the android score WASN’T LOW ENOUGH FOR YOUR SATISFACTION. If we substract 2 to the score per your suggestion, it becomes WORSE THAN THE KINDLE FIRE.

          • Moeskido

            Yes, there are indeed foolish people everywhere.

          • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

            Hey, here’s reality: The text is extremely negative. The score is 9/10. You don’t have a problem with, basically, every review ever posted to The Verge because of that?

            +2 is is a joke. I have no idea what the score should be. Generally, when a review is extremely negative I expect it to be less than 5/10.

            What exactly is The Verge’s average rating for reviews over its history?

            I’m not calling them out for rating this tablet so highly in isolation. I’m calling them out for having no review standards or common sense anywhere. I don’t believe their reviews on anything, and that definitely includes Apple products. Just because a crappy publication might say something I agree with once doesn’t mean they’re not a crappy publication.

          • invinciblegod

            The Verge: “Google’s Nexus 7 is a solid option for a smaller tablet, offering a good, high-resolution display, fast performance, and good build quality. It can also be found for quite cheap (about half the price of the iPad mini) if you shop around. But it’s been on the market for over a year and has more software issues than the iPad mini, while having fewer actual tablet apps available for it.”

            or to summarize

            “Good. Good. Good. Good. Good. Old. Less Apps. More bugs.”

            That’s not an “extremely negative” review unless you didn’t actually read it. Also, they most likely use the school grading system of 70% is average. Not everyone has to conform to your 50% is average grading system.

          • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

            That was quite a bit more rational and was actually polite, thank you. Though I still disagree.

      • The White Tiger

        Keep in mind that while the blurbs are new to each “This is My Next” article, the scores themselves come from their original reviews on the site. In the case of the 2013 Nexus 7, here:

        http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/26/4558626/google-nexus-7-review-2013

        And that was, of course, written in July of 2013, when that model first came out. They’re likely conceding that it’s starting to get a little long in the tooth in August of 2014– purely in terms of annual upgrade cycles, of course.

  • GFYantiapplezealots

    Because it’s Googles’ brand. They need it to satisfy their base otherwise they’d have a riot on their hands.

  • Matthew Shettler

    I’ve got friends who still regularly use their Nexus 7 tablets more than a year after purchase. I can’t say the same for any other non-apple tablet. If Apple products aren’t an option, I’d say that’s still probably the best choice.

    • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

      Right, but the problem is the score. That score says that the iPad is only 3 parts per 100 better. And with that explanation?

      • The White Tiger

        The reviews are not all dated at the same time; this article is merely a curated and aggregated collection of what they think you should buy. Their score for the Nexus 7 is from four months before the iPad Air was even announced.

        • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

          That makes sense, though they are showing the scores way too prominently on the aggregation.

          • The White Tiger

            I agree, it’s confusing and they usually don’t take dates into account with these lists. But people are fascinated by and crave graded reviews, for some reason.

          • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

            As I write this, the numeric scores on The Verge’s current first page of reviews are: 8.4, 6.2, 5.7, 5.9, 8.0. Surely not all five things are really above average?

  • http://www.jonathanguenther.com/blog Jonathan Guenther

    Pretty sad for the competition that two tablets that will probably be phased out in October are still better than anything else out there.

    They probably had to give something else a decently competitive score in order to not be written off as “Apple sheep” propaganda, even though in reality nothing else is close to a 9 if the iPad Air and Mini are each 9.3.

  • Jwcorey

    I bet the comments section of that article are all really well-thought-out and highly-informed.

    • Moeskido

      They must be. A pig just flew out of my fat ass.

      • James Hughes

        Ow

  • franksspam

    Do people actually trust The Verge for quality reviews? I do not understand the appeal of that site.

  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    It’s a great tablet. 3rd place is fair.