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With the introduction of the Nexus Q and Nexus 7 devices at Google I/O yesterday, one (big) question remains – how will the market react to these products?

The Nexus Q, a social media streaming device is undoubtedly a cool gadget – it allows you and your friends to stream content in your living room by interacting with one centralized device – the Q makes putting your Play Store content on your TV or external speakers an absolute breeze.

The Nexus 7, meanwhile, represents the long-rumored 7-inch tablet produced by Google at an affordable price. With a 7" IPS display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and (of course) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it is no doubt an attractive device – but is Google taking the right approach to entering a direct competitor to the Kindle Fire into the tablet market?

Finally, we want to know how many of our readers actually plan on buying these devices. After all, no matter how awesome a new device is, there's no guarantee it will capture public interest.

To get a handle on how Google I/O followers view the new products, we decided to create a few polls. First up is the Nexus Q.

Nexus Q – Is It Worth The Price?

While the Nexus Q is a super-cool gizmo, and definitely adds some efficiency to your living room by centralizing access to your Play content, its price is a bit steep, running customers $300 from the Play Store.

While it's worth noting that the Nexus Q is fully manufactured in the US, its price is still high for what it actually does. Would the price be more reasonable if the device also came with Google TV (or any kind of interface of its own – right now the device is controlled entirely by other devices)? Simply put, is the Nexus Q worth it right now?

Is the Nexus Q worth its price?

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Nexus 7 – Is Google Play Ready For A Consumption-Oriented Device?

The Nexus 7. We've been anticipating it for what seems like a lifetime. Google's introduction video for the device bills it as a consumption device. In other words, Google is pegging it as a competitor to Amazon's Kindle Fire, but a competitor based on the consumption of content from the Play Store.

Even considering the Play Store's recent content expansion, many are questioning whether the Play Store can hold up to Amazon's dazzling array of media content. Of course, Android users can access Amazon's apps, Kindle books, and almost everything else, but things like instant video are still off-limits. While the Nexus 7 is an undeniably nice tablet for a sub-$200 price, does the Play Store offer enough content for a device to be sold on the basis of its access to Google's content?

Is Google Play ready to compete in the market of consumption-oriented devices?

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Are You Planning On Buying One Of The New Nexus Devices?

Having taken a look at some of the more specific questions surrounding both new Nexi, perhaps the most important question is – will you buy these devices? Ultimately, sales will be the determining factor in the success of either Nexus device. Both have their advantages, but who's looking forward to actually making a purchase?

Will you buy one of the new Nexus devices?

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Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Justin

    Keynote wasn't even over and I bought a Nexus 7.
    So yeah... Response was SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

    • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

      Same here...I bought the Nexus 7 as soon as it went live in the Play Store!

      • http://profiles.google.com/wisefire935 Joshua Wise

        Same move here. Was actually in apple training for work, ran to the truck to get the wallet.. :)

    • fixxmyhead

      Yup same here bro. The moment they announced it I immediately went to the play store cuz I thouht it would sell out so I bought it on impulse. To be honest I wasnt really excited hearing the rumors about it but damn blat 200 bucks you just can't say no with quad core and jelly bean

  • Driscoll42

    Just to point out that you CAN access Amazon Instant Videos through your browser. It's also very easy to just add a shortcut to that link in place of an Instant Video "app".

    • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

      exactly.. i do this now with my gt 10.1 all the time with my amazon prime account and free instant videos.. so the fact that you get both amazon and google content without any rooting or modification out of the gate makes the nexus 7 even more of a win over amazons offerings.

  • Bariman43

    At first I hated the Nexus 7's look--big top and bottom bezel, phone-like UI--but I grew to like it, especially when the big top and bottom bezels would be super helpful when playing games holding the tab on its side, and the Phone UI is necessary because a standard HC/ICS tablet UI doesn't really look that good on a small 7" screen (I always thought the Galaxy Tab 7" tablets looked a bit weird). Once I get the money, I'm definitely getting myself a Nexus 7.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      I'm pretty sure I went through the exact same transition. It actually ended up making a lot of sense from a hardware and software perspective.

    • nsnsmj

      It's actually not the phone UI. It's a hybrid of the two. Some apps are even displayed with their tablet UI's, like Gmail and Chrome. Android basically now has three UI's, which I'm assuming is based on the screen's density and/or screen size. You've got phone, small tablet, and large tablet UI's now.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    Nexus 7 yay, Nexus Q nay.

    I always wanted a tablet but 400-500 Euro for a tablet? Nah, I'm still a student here and didn't learn the skill "Sh*it money" (yet, all skill points go in there!). 200/250 Euro are a very attractive price and you get a lot of bang for your buck. I would have liked a MicroSD slot but eh, it's a Nexus device, Big G will never offer that.

    And well, after learning that the Nexus 7 tablet isn't gonna work (officially?) with an MHL adapter, I don't wanna buy a $300 "dongle" just to see something on the big screen. HTC offers their Media Link for ~$100 which is still too much, but I don't need all the music stuff from the Q, I'd just plug in some loudspeakers.

    The Nexus Q is a Sonos competitor and not an Apple TV contender and I'm not an audiophile, so way too much for my taste.

    EDIT: Ohhhh, I totally forgot one big point: The media stuff is worthless outside the US, Canada, UK or Australia. As I was already bragging, in Germany we got books, in Austria only apps.

    • Jasonc07

      Australia doesnt have Music, Magazines or Tv shows either and we can only rent Movies.

  • ScottyByrd

    Already ordered a Nexus 7

  • http://twitter.com/chris_penner Chris Penner

    Tablet is nice, 4.1 looks great.  Almost tempted to get a Galaxy Nexus instead of the Evo LTE.

    Nexus Q... not sold yet.  Definitely looks interesting, but I'd have to see it in action.  And I'd want Hulu and streaming over my LAN to justify its price.  Looks great, though.

  • Jose Marie Maquinay

    Really want the Nexus 7, I just hope it will become available to Asian countries, especially in the Philippines...

  • AppleFUD

    I've played with several tablets and gotten rid of them all — not really a necessity for me — and don't think I'll be getting the Nexus 7 especially when their is no video out — I'll be looking more for a phablet in the future. Until then the GNexus will suffice.

    If the Nexus Q integrated Google TV with its current features I would buy it in a heartbeat, but just to stream from Google Play, not today.

    • Droidmahn

      Nexus 7 has MHL I thought..

      • AppleFUD

        Not that I can find anywhere. I read through all the documentation and nowhere do they mention video out of any type and they do mention USB host.

        theverge said NO when discussing how Asus made it from the MeMO. . .

        • Tyler Chappell

          However, during day one when a guy was interviewing 3 people about the Nexus 7 and the Q, the guy asked about being able to display it on the big screen, referring to the tv in the background that the Q was hooked up to, and all the guy did in response was have a big grin on his face and say "we can't talk about that yet"

  • Level380

    Results can be a little skewed...... Nexus Q is only for release in the USA. So for me I can only get the Nexus 7 device!

  • Yuriy

    neither :( i was really hoping that it had an HDMI out port. Might get a Nexus 7 for the gf or something but it looks like i'll be buying the Transformer TF700T. 

    • Greyhame

      I'm in the same boat as you regarding the nexus devices. Still trying to decide on the TF700.. but wondering if I should wait for the next bump up in the graphics chip department to support that high of a resolution.. decisions, decisions.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    Where's the option for "I already have both new Nexus devices"?

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    wow how many people seem willing to get the tablet!

  • David Bell

    Google's content will grow, whether or not it surpasses Itune is unclear,but Google has quite an intellectual library in it's archive already and it's free, all in one place, bundle that with music, bestsellers, indie "green" merchandise, and all the vendors pist-off at how Amazon and Itune has a gun to their head and it may just surprise everyone.

  • pman

    Over here in the Philippines, the only thing Google Play has for us is apps. Meanwhile, Amazon isn't present. Therefore I say Google Play lacks content, but the Nexus 7 (16GB model) seems worth it - once and if it reaches us.

    Side note: waiting for the successor(s) to Galaxy Nexus though

  • Nick McMurray

    I would need to know more about the Nexus Q before deciding, if it only streams content from the Play store then I really have no interest.  I like what I've seen of the Nexus 7, but I'm not looking for a 7" tablet.  I'll be holding out to see if they decide to make a 10", if not there are plenty of suitable choices still out there.

    • AppleFUD

      Pretty much all the Nexus Q does is stream audio & video. Hackers have already tried to get apps (games) working on it which shows that it isn't a full fledged Android device.

      • http://www.facebook.com/alec.cunningham Alec Carson Cunningham

        they successfully did get it to run...

        • AppleFUD

          Not exactly. . . they got a game to "load on the device." Apparently there is some touch element needed for it to work properly that isn't available in the Nexus Q. . . . 

          Nonetheless, it shows that the Nexus Q seems to be more for developers at this point in time than consumers looking for a full fledged media streamer or Google TV device — as it stands, for consumers, it's for streaming Google Play media ONLY. . . maybe it can also access files on an external USB HDD — it has a USB port but have not seen anyone use it. 

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    I havent pre-ordered, yet anyway, but at some point I will be getting the Nexus 7 as my first tablet. An SD card slot would have made it pretty near perfect for me, but it's close enough.

  • ericl5112

    The Q looks great, and I'd buy it in a heartbeat, if it only had an airplay like service built in.  It is one of the few features I really want from iOS, and cannot seem to have.  Is it so hard to stream a local file to a TV? I guess the closest I can get is try for a real google TV device that can run the apps I'd stream anyway.

    The 7 has my money though. 16Gb for sure. Pending reviews.

    • Jasonc07

      I stream local files to my tv all the time. Have done ever since I got my Galaxy S.

      • Greyhame

        Nice. What apps / tools do you use to accomplish that? (I'm in agreement with the OP, airplay is pretty friggin' sweet)

        • JonJJon

          I assume he is talking about DLNA to a wifi tv or via a Internet connected bluray player like I do for music etc

          • Greyhame

            Is this possible using a PS3?

          • JonJJon

            The PS3 technically does support DLNA and I have sent videos and music from my android phone to be streamed through my friends PS3 on the TV however the PS3 seems to be quite temperamental with DLNA and hasn't been working for the past few weeks to which me and my mate haven't found a solution yet. But technically you can stream content from a device on the home network through the PS3 so long as it supports DLNA. I would suggest a quick search of "PS3 DLNA streaming support/stream content from android to PS3" or something along those lines to see if other people have problems/success.

          • Greyhame

            Thanks for the info!!

      • ericl5112

        What's your setup?  I've been wanting to do this for a very long time.  Haven't found one that isn't either proprietary or terrible.

  • Andydrummer

    Already ordered a Nexus 7 - Also do you guys use your own polling service?  GoPollGo's shows demographics and stuff;  saw them on yahoo today - maybe think about using them?

  • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

    Nexus 7 is very nice... but what bothers me is no SD slot and no HD output. Unless you can side-load files and apps somehow. The Nexus Q is a DOA device because of cost. Too many other options in the $100 ranges that do the same damn thing.

    • moelsen8

      Download files or apps.. Or hook it up to your computer and transfer stuff over? I hate that there's no microsd too.. But they have my money anyway.

  • moelsen8

    Nexus 7 pre ordered already. Q is way too over priced. Feel like it should include Google tv too.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    Already bought a Nexus 7. Super pumped to get it in a few weeks!

  • Sootie

    Waiting for a nexus 10 and dont hold massive hopes for being able to get the q (or probably the direct from google stuff) in aus any time soon. The Q does look freekin cool though

  • Zachary Bogdanski

    They should have just merged the Nexus Q tech with Google TV.  It might have sparked some new interest in Google TV.  However, the price would probably be ungodly then.

    • Max M

      That's what I though immediately. If they kept the same price and design, I would buy it in a heartbeat. 

    • AppleFUD

      THIS!

      Price should be the same. . . all the hardware and then some are already there in the NQ — it's pretty much a GNexus without a screen + amp.

      And if they wanted to make the "made in USA price" more tolerable, then have the internals upgradeable — make a great case with great amp, and the SoC easily upgradeable by them or a knowledgeable user. I would pay $300 for that and I'm pretty frugal!

  • http://www.facebook.com/KatoWerks Marcel ‘Kato’ Natson

    I want to wait and see if there is a 10 inch nexus in the pipe line first...

  • An Observer

    Nexus 7 in the 16gb version looks handy for around the home.

    Lack of an sd slot is irrelevant.

    • fixxmyhead

      I like ur thinking bro. Too many people complaining about that and at 200$ u just can't do that for what they offer. Ungrateful bastards

      • SebaKL

        Come on. At home the tablet is charging for when I'm going out. I only use to update it, set it up and install apps. At home I use macAir, because nothing compete with proper keyboard. And on a go, is where I need access to files or share files. Mostly without WIFI access, so cloud is not an option. And of course when travel, to use maps, find places, communicate and the like. That's the time I like to store videos and photos, have music with me and movies for killing time in airports and the like. Additional storage is a must and it's a total deal breaker for me. Regardless price, item is just not practical. 

        • Sven Enterlein

          Sounds like something I could have said. Except that I don't have a Macbook Air. But I know that I won't invest in a large tablet again due to restrictions in productivity. A 7" tab is perfect for media consumption but for work I will invest in an Ultrabook.

  • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

    I'm probably grabbing one a few months from now, I'll let Asus decide whether or not the original Transformer will get Jelly Bean (one of very few deciding factors of whether or not I'll transition to a N7.)

    Also, I like to output videos to my HDTV.. er.. lets see if a pogo pin dock comes for this.

  • Knlegend1

    Nexus 7 is a must buy item. I can see myself doing some great gaming on that machine. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/justin.king323 Justin King

    Nexus Q is a mind boggling was of time and money when you consider Vizio just announced a Google_TV Co-Star for only $10o that includes full streaming game support.

    The Q is horrifically overpriced and underdelivering.  It's basically a massive "so what" even at $50.  Seriously: uPNP has been around for ever and can be done via most budget  Blu-Ray players.

    It's Apple level stupid.

    • Chiper_tss_tss

      I see these two things becoming one in the future... I don't like the idea of it as it is now... They should have brought out a Nexus GoogleTV with the features of the Nexus Q... 

  • Rrjp

    A resounding, "meh". Already have a 7" tablet (A100) that I only paid $250 for 6 months ago, and not really seeing the need for another one with less ports, quad core or not. If anything I'd get an A700 or Transformer Infinity with the 1080p screen... Too much zooming at 7" so that I can make the web page big enough to touch the thing I am trying to click on. The screen has to be 220 PPI or higher to make it worth while to upgrade IMHO...

    The Q is just crazy. I can already stream content from my computer, Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon to my TV with Roku, laptop, and tablet. Why do I need another device to do that? I don't have any Play store content. It doesn't seem to bring anything more to the table than the Vizio Co-Star. Even Co-Star isn't really compelling enough for me to buy it...
     

    • Tyler Chappell

      Same! I got my A100 for $250 as well! That same day right before xmas, also got the A500 for $250. Basically, Walmart had a sale on the A100 which at the time was around $330 I think. That walmart was fresh out of A100's and apparently due to some glitch in their system, you could get the A500 for the same $250 price.
      Day or 2 later, went to another wally world and picked up the A100. Not only that, also managed to get the GalaxyTab 10.1 for $360. So for xmas, my mom decided she would like a 7" tablet after trying out my dad's Kindle Fire, so she got the A100. My brother took the A500, and we got the GTab for my dad. I had my eyes set on the Transformer Prime but ended up cancelling my order in january after hearing about the wifi and GPS issues.
      I'm so glad that 6 months later I am getting a device that does 99% of what the Prime does, for half the price, in a more portable form factor.
      If it weren't for the poor quality TFT screen that really becomes a nuisance in portrait mode, and the mediocre 5 battery life, the A100 could have been a killer tablet.

  • JonJJon

    I know the average reader here at AP isn't a "normal" android user but things like TV out, hdmi, micro SD etc etc just aren't thought about from the average consumer in tablets, especially £150-200 ones in a 7" form. I've ordered one because I'll use it for what it is designed for and use usb host if I need extra storage out and about on long times away from a PC/wifi network (I can always tether also). At their price point Google, like amazon, is going to get a lot of impulse buys that will spread the word anyway :-) not a failure in the least. I very much look forward to my Nexus 7.

    • JonJJon

      Shame about the no USB storage support, ah well not a big negative tbh.

  • Rawr4dj

    7 inches is just tooo dang smal lfor me if they would just make a Nexus 10 OMG ID JIZZZZZ for no more than $350 and id be sold simple as that. But 7 inches is just not what im looking for I want something very similar to the Asus EEE pad 10 inch devices

  • Xeratun

    I'm very tempted by the the Nexus 7, but I'd much prefer a 10" tablet to a 7". Release a Nexus 10 and I'm in!

  • Andreas

    Besides the fact that the Nexus Q works with the very limited Play marketplace (if do not live in the US) even if its hackable that's not an excuse for forgetting to include a public API. Specially if it runs android (as I think it does), there is no reason why you can't use that device to stream content from different services like spotify/netflix or whatever is available for you. did they forgot that android was great because it was opensource and had a API tools early on (contrary to G+ which took much longer).

    • http://www.facebook.com/alec.cunningham Alec Carson Cunningham

      dude, it is still a stock tablet! you can completely ignore the play stores content if you really wanted, spotify, netflix, etc will still be able to be installed - unlike the Kindle Fire, their competition ;)

      • andreas

        nexus Q is the sphere "media center" thingy. I have no issues with nexus 7 infact I preordere one :)

  • gladgura

    People keep forgetting that you can use and do more then Google Play on the Nexus 7. if google doesn't offer what you want there are other means. Netflix, Hulu+, Crackle, Amazon MP3 (with Cloud player), Kindle for android and so so much more. It was great marketing, but this is still a Stock Android tablet. Side-load, alternative App Stores modding Hacking rooting. unlike the kindle fire (which they made it seem to be competing with) which is lock down "some what" to Amazon only. 

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    unfortunately I'm still recovering from my GS3 purchase so I cant buy the nexus 7 right off but I do plan on getting it ASAP. The Q confuses me. I find that this could have been their chance to make a really good GTV combined with the NFC that they showed off in IO2012 but they didn't. I can't get behind this it's to much like GTV (rather, the capabilities are) and GTV is way cheaper ($99 starting now)

  • Noreen

    I'm going to preorder the Nexus 7 next week (got to pay those bills first, doh!) I like the Nexus Q, but won't be purchasing it any time soon...maybe as a Christmas present.

    As for the Play Store, it seems to be evolving and getting better. (I love my apps and Google's Play Store!)

  • LazarusDark

    The Q has hdmi out right? So, is it a fully functional android device or not? Maybe once the modders get ahold, some more interesting things will come from it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hudspeth Mathew Hudspeth

    If that last question was "Do you WANT.."  I would pick both :-P  Unfortunately, zero money leads me to pick neither. 

  • kev

    If you google could offer a plan like amazon prime for an unlimited movies, books, and tv shows for the nexus q then it might be worth it...renting those movies and tv shows can get expensive

    • Sven Enterlein

      Or maybe, as others mentioned, one will be able to play from amazon directly. Maybe that's what they were implying in the "hackability".

  • Sven Enterlein

    I can't seem to find the article anymore but if I'm not mistaken someone mentioned that 5 Nexus devices might be presented at this year's I/O. Is there any word on a new Nexus phone although the last one was presented in October?

  • Aeires

    Ordered the Nexus 7" Wednesday night, too good to pass on.  What I wanted to see was more Nexus phones, maybe one each from Samsung, HTC, and Asus.  

  • Jeremy Powers

    My main issue with the Play store is i have to buy everything. With amazon Prime half the shows i want to watch are free.

  • crankerchick

    Rather have a 10" Android tablet with nice screen. The Q doesn't interest me because Android still falls short when it comes to media management across multiple devices if you care about things like song ratings, playcounts, last played, smart playlists, etc.

  • Bruno Pedro

    I don't have acess to media content from Play Store.. so... yeah bastards

  • RolandDeschain17

    Could use another poll option along the lines of "Waiting to see full feature set/capabilities on Q".

  • Zaatour36

    i hate that Nexus devices don't have Micro-SD, and don't see why not!

    Also, old Galaxy internal available is only 2 ish GB, only with the GS3 it came to 11 Gb available to users...

  • Jer85008

    My guess is that you will be able to get a Kindle Fire sometime soon for around $149. Still probably getting the N7. Glad to see they didn't try to go after the iPad, many superior devices have tried and failed miserably.

  • Christopher Wice

    Bought one right away. 
    A little worried about Music manager in Canada though, and no case available yet.
    I don't really want to use a proxy to join play.
    I told Google the early adopters should get a copy of "Back to the future" as future day was our day of purchase.

  • Silvermirror

    Just ordered mine. I'm planning to use it for work ( as a super smart digital assistant ) and play ( easy access to my stamp catalogues and wantlists, etc ). I hope nexus7 blows away the ipad. :-)

  • Alu Zeros

    No version of cellular, otherwise i would be interested

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