The most important point about the Nexus 7, however, is the LTE version, which becomes available in August for $349 SIM-unlocked and with 32-gig storage. It is the first unlocked LTE device in the U.S. market that can work on three of the biggest wireless operators from the same SKU device:
In other words, if you buy the LTE version of the Nexus 7, you can swap SIM cards as often as you like between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. This will force these companies to play against each other with the best possible rates. For example, you can go to Wal-Mart right now and get a $30 per month data plan from T-Mobile.
From a software perspective, Google has now plugged one of its two major shortcomings compared to
and its AirPlay. This is called Chromecast and the device costs $35, or a lot less than Apple's $99. Just plug it into your TV's HDMI port, and you can now get your PC's, tablet's or phone's video or audio content onto your home entertainment system.
Google now has only one box to check in order to convince me to get rid of my remaining iOS device: podcasts. Google and Android need a competitive native podcast player, just like it has a music and a movie player that's native on the Android deck.
The fact is that many people are wedded to their podcasts, either for educational or entertainment audio or television purposes. Podcasts need to be updated automatically, but only over WiFi unless you make an explicit exception, and they need to be stored locally on the device -- not streamed. They also need to work on all of your devices, with synchronized bookmarks, even though the libraries will likely vary from device to device as a result of different storage capabilities.
The most important point: Why not make a phone out of Nexus 7?
Let's say Google and Asus will sell three million Nexus 7 devices the next couple of quarters. I have an idea that would enable to Google and Asus to sell probably five times as many of them:
Include full phone functionality with the LTE version of the Nexus 7!