Nexus 7 LTE: Future of Mobility
What is revolutionary with the Nexus 7 LTE design is its seven-band radio that can connect to all top three providers in the US. This flexibility has never before existed on a mobile device. This allows a US consumer to on a monthly basis reconsider which provider is the best, and this at roughly half that of today’s price points. The provider can no longer dictate when the consumer can get a new device, and what that device is going to be. This change of power dynamic is going to make Google and Larry Page famous, and bolster a more appropriate brand image for Nexus: providing the seemingly impossible.
- Never before has the US’ top four service providers been on the same technology.
- Never before did a manufacturer not intentionally design incompatible variants for each provider.
- Never before could a consumer independently buy a device without first considering what service to use.
The Nexus Benefit
Nexus has historically produced sophisticated devices at attractive price points. Nexus allows for device owners to take full control of their devices, which is unusual in mobility, and allowing that without affecting device warranty.
Nexus does not guarantee software updates, though has consistently provided timely over-the-air updates for devices even two years old.
The LTE Benefit
Youtube cat-videos killed the 3G cellular network. Only LTE can serve the demands of today's consumers in terms of speed and number of connected devices. The only reason to support anything else is that LTE may not be available. The Nexus 7 LTE supports HSPA on frequencies used world wide.
Additionally, in the US, frequency bands used for LTE forces the provider to allow the consumer freedom of how the service is used. This prevents the provider from blocking various services or preventing the use of certain software.
The Price BenefitA forward consumer today would buy something like the Samsung
Galaxy S4 for about $650 in a version that would only work on Verizon. He could also choose to pay $200 for it and commit to a two-year agreement at a monthly cost of around $90 or so.
- This phone, as-delivered, would have a number of far-reaching limitations imposed by Verizon.
- The phone features an incredibly complex facilitation of Verizon's practically useless legacy 3G network.
- The phone is about twice the price of the Nexus 7 LTE and is of little use with any other provider.
- The usability of an on-screen keyboard is limited as its width is reduced: a perfect keyboard is 10" wide, on the Nexus 7 it’s about 5.5".
- The Nexus 10 and the HTC One has front-facing speakers, the Nexus 7 does not.
- Does a 7" tablet fit your pocket? I can somehow fit it into mine.
Why You Haven't HeardThe Nexus 7 LTE is not yet available for purchase. As of August 21, 2013, Google stopped promising it would be available within weeks, which they started saying on July 24th.
Nexus 7 LTE supports LTE:1/2/3/4/5/13/17, HSPA:1/2/4/5/8
Verizon: 13 and now 4
AT&T: 4, 17, 29 (with 2 or 4), now 30. 5/850 and 2/1900 MHz hspa
T-Mobile USA: 4, 2/1900 MHz HSPA
Sprint: 25 (ie 2+), 26 (ie 5-6-18-19), 41 (TD-LTE)