Aug 28 AT 5:20 PM Taylor Wimberly 77 Comments

Are you ready to play? This week we start a new focus on mobile entertainment. Over the next two weeks we will cover the best Android apps for movies and music, review the VIZIO Co-Star, highlight new accessories, and more.

All our entertainment related content will be featured in a new channel page that is launching soon. To help get the Entertainment Channel going, we are once again teaming up with @NVIDIATegra to give away a Nexus 7 tablet to people who create a thread about mobile entertainment. We have long promised that we will feature user generated content on our front page, and this is your opportunity to have something you create shared with thousands of Android fans.

The Giveaway: Google Nexus 7 (16 GB)

Nexus 7 is a no compromise Android tablet that’s designed to go wherever you go. With a stunning 7” display, powerful quad-core Tegra 3 processor and up to 8 hours of battery life during active use, Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand.

How to Play: Create a Thread

If you want to win a free Nexus 7 tablet, then you will have to create some entertainment-related content that is appealing to your peers.

  • Login to Android and Me or Join Now if you do not have an account
  • Create a new entertainment related thread and make sure it appears in category Entertainment
  • Quality threads will be promoted to the Entertainment Channel and be entered to win
  • Contest will run for two weeks and we will announce the winner on Monday, September 10th.

Example threads include:

  • Review your favorite Android app: Submit a 500 word review of any Android app that you would recommend to others. Format should include a list of good points, not-so-good points, and final words. Give the app a score of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.
  • Review any entertainment accessory or service: Have a favorite streaming music service? Let us know the good and the bad with a review. Example — Sony SmartWatch Review
  • Write a how-to guide: Example — How to sync your music collection to the cloud.
  • Any topic related to mobile entertainment: Entertainment is a pretty broad topic, so be creative. We are mainly looking at apps and accessories related to movies and music, but there are other entertainment services available on the go.

View your profile to check your total points.

Tips for making threads:

  • Our threads are different from traditional forums. It will cost users 20 points to post a thread. Points are earned by leaving comments and having others upvote your comments. Read more about threads.
  • To get everyone rolling, we are turning on a POINT MULTIPLIER for leaving a comment on this post.
  • Don’t rush to create a thread! Spend some time crafting your idea and putting some thought into it before you post.
  • Be descriptive with your thread title. A post with the title “Android apps” is not going to attract others.
  • Ask yourself the question: “Would this thread be worthy of appearing as a post on the front page?”

Multiple Chances to Win

We are giving away one Nexus 7 for our Entertainment Channel, but we still have two more tablets up for grabs. Over the coming weeks we will be launching channels for Fitness and Parenting. We will not be accepting entries for those giveaways yet, but you can start thinking up creative ideas for a thread you might want to create.

Contest Rules

This contest is open to residents of the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and Germany. Entries will be accepted for two weeks after the contest goes live. We’ll announce the winner on this page and on our Twitter account as soon as we draw.

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Esoth for winning the Entertainment Channel challenge.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • YellowDucati

    Now to think of the perfect post.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Review an app related to music or movies :)

      • R.S

        Hmm. All this time I thought you had to have a 90 or above rating in order to start a thread.

        Now to think of a topic to post about.

  • lchupacabras

    First time poster! Not sure if I’ll join this contest but I’ve been meaning to join the site for a while. This just gave me a good excuse :-D

  • Bpear96

    AAM you guys are awesome. Going to be making a post soon :)

  • shaun76

    I LOVE everything about this idea! Signed up, and went to start a thread, but was told I’m unable to because I’m not a power user. Guess I need to become a power user quickly. My Xoom was stolen and I’d love an N7.

  • awesomellamas57

    These competitions are awesome. Good luck everyone :)

  • mrwirez

    Holy smokes… This is too much like work. What happened to just one snarky, pithy comment??

    I still love the site!!

    • Taylor Wimberly

      We have more comment-only giveaways coming this week.

    • OptimusPrime

      I agree! While I love coming to the site to check up on all things Android, I don’t get why we have to do someone else’s job for a giveaway*.

      *Giveaways are just that, given away. They are not a form of payment for services rendered.

      • Esoth

        Yeah, but surely it’s fair enough to try and give something back? The whole point of competitions are to drive their traffic up a little. Otherwise, how would they be able to keep holding more giveaways?

      • Taylor Wimberly

        If you have followed our site over the years, you would know we have given away HUNDREDS of free devices to users for doing next to nothing. This threads contest is just another way to get people engaged with the site.

        • DroidPower

          i like the thread idea! While it’s a developing feature of the site, it already has a lot of good user based content. this is a great way to make readers aware of the feature!

  • Adam Jones

    I love sharing my favorite music app with friends. Now I’ll share with all of you guys! No spoilers here though.

  • Slith

    Now to find a new game worth reviewing!

  • coggy9

    Now if only I commented more. Typed a great thread about how to save battery while watching movies, and playing music/games in notepad, came here and saw I didn’t have enough points.

    • theviper21

      It doesn’t take too many to start a thread, especially if you comment here and get the point multiplier. Just take some time browsing around and find something you’re interested in to comment on and they’ll come quickly!

    • Homncruse

      Upvoted you to give you more points (if that’s a factor). Participation through comments and voting will rack up the points before you know it — in fact, you might even have enough points to create your thread now.

    • Homncruse

      (Since there’s no edit button, I’m replying again)

      I just checked your profile — you have 50 points now. That’s enough to create two and a half threads.

  • lou2cool88

    Good luck, everyone! Really hope I win one! My Galaxy Nexus could use a friend.

  • getwilliam8

    I love reading everyone’s reviews on all Android Apps. Now to create a worthy post

  • thekaz

    Wow.. this is actually going to take some thinking.. I have some ideas on the tip of my brain, just gotta get them into a good, creative format…

  • alexanderharri3

    Hmm… to plan the perfect time to get a thread in there that will be seen in the last 20 posted in threads for a while…..and be interesting….

    * maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh?*

  • Vyrlokar

    Well, now I really need to select an app worth reviewing. I have a number of candidates…

  • RhynosAndroid

    Yeah, I guess something happened to my previous account. Que sarah. Time to get my points up so I can get back into blogging and try to win one of these magically awesome devices!!!

  • kwills88

    viper is one lucky fellow, only been a member 12 days and already won a contest, i been here 2years with no luck, lol congrats!!!. i know just the app to review also

    • theviper21

      Thanks, I agree!!! I definitely put some thought and time into my review, but definitely did not expect to win.

  • adamsaur

    Hm I have a few ideas, now to just get some points…

  • jaxidian

    Grats to theviper21!

  • hkz4lf

    Well then my plan for the next week:
    – Comment on more posts to build up points
    – Start working on my write-up/product review for a thread.
    – Comment on more posts to build up points

  • sword_zero001

    Second chance.

  • russieb

    Let me think!

  • wirpo032

    I know what I should write about but I’m lacking of the 20 points to create a threat. I’m afraid this system will result in a highend appearance of spam, as I’m probably not the only one in this situation…

    • theviper21

      All you really need to do is find some topics that you’re interested in and comment (shouldn’t be too hard around here), before you know it you’ll have enough to post. You’ll be surprised how much you start to feel like you’re a part of the community if you put just a little thought into comments you make on articles or threads.

      • Homncruse

        True story. The community here is better than most other (I prefer to avoid blanket statements) sites. In fact, it’s the only one I visit repeatedly to check for replies to my comments, and it’s the only one where I’ve gotten to recognize the names of other posters.

  • TJBeanz

    Looks like I need to get some points before I can even attempt this! It’ll give me time to think of something though…

  • Esoth

    So how’s the winner chosen? Is it the best one?

  • mattplaybass

    Hmm, what to post, what to post…

  • ibap

    You are of course aware that what classifies as entertainment in an election year may not be regarded that way by everyone?

  • MitchRapp81

    Sweet, I was gonna review FLIPBOARD anyways, might as well write everything down now!

  • MoSDeeb

    Perhaps reviewing the new Funimation application would be viable.

  • Ryan McFadden

    I can’t afford the cost of creating a thread yet!!

    • Homncruse

      Yes you do. You have 62 points.

      • jswenson3

        care to share some of your points?? :)

        • Homncruse

          I would if I could! You only need 5 more points to post a Thread. I’m not sure how the points are calculated, but it shouldn’t be long before you can post.

  • jtownspowell

    This should be fun. Just need some points to get the ball rolling.

  • StabMasterArson

    Need points… and an idea for a post. And evidently a lot more coffee.

  • jswenson3

    this sucks… I have a great thread, but not enough points to create!

    • Homncruse

      You’re halfway there – don’t fret!

  • Daniel Hakimi

    This point system is terrible. First off, it says, “hey, do you have a good idea? Have other good ideas, first.”

    Second off, you’re artificially encouraging people to post vapid, pointless posts here just so they can start a vapid pointless thread in your forum just so they can win a prize. And your means of controlling this is points… But a much better means of controlling this is to *not offer people rewards in return for pointless bullshit.*

    Seriously, even if you do need some kind of quality measure, which you really don’t, what’s the problem with a redditlike system?

    Is it just that you can’t offer prizes for it?

    • Homncruse

      Most people who complain about the point system are the ones who don’t participate. The point system is there to help keep quality engagement up — yes, a few Threads will be lost from new visitors, but 20 points doesn’t take much to accumulate. In fact, you have 25 of them as of my post.

      PLEASE note that points are not the same as ranking (i.e,. the 92 next to my name)!

    • theviper21

      I personally think the point system is great. It helps weed out all of the people who just want to create an account in order to post a thread without much thought simply in order to win a prize. Sure, there will be some people that will just post short, pointless comments in order to get enough points to post a thread to enter the contest, but I think it’s a lot of work for a simple entry into a contest and most people won’t go through all those loops just to enter.

      What the giveaway does do is give an extra incentive for people to contribute and be a part of the community while getting word out about the site. I probably wouldn’t have come across this site if it wasn’t for the giveaway, but once I started reading and commenting on articles and threads I realized I really enjoy talking with like minded people about Android/tech stuff.

      To say that the point system encourages “vapid, pointless posts” is a very cynical view and one that I don’t think accurate. If you post empty comments it will take a little bit to get enough points to post a thread, but if you post good ones people are likely to +1 you and you’ll gain them fast. Good luck to you, and I +1′d your post!

  • Ricardo Carrilo

    Yeah i need a few more points also. The next two catagories sound like they could be intersting.

    • Homncruse

      You have them now. GO FORTH AND PROSPER!

  • Walkop

    I already know what I’m gonna write about. DEFINITELY the Tegra 3, what it really means for YOU on your tablet, what benefits it brings and what new opportunities it unlocks for entertainment.

    Yes, it will be detailed ;)

    I just need me some points!!

    • theviper21

      Looking forward to seeing your post :)

    • Homncruse

      You have them now!

  • ranwanimator

    Airbag Frank review posted! Points multiplied! By your powers combined, I AM CAPTAIN PLANET!

  • Alex Belko

    Well that’s gonna be interesting) Looking forward to see interesting threads

  • ksjones66

    Never tried writing a post before but looks like it’s time to start.

  • emmagine79

    Nice!, will write one now

  • fc1032

    :| 20 points for a thread? Serves me right for being a lurker.

  • Esoth

    Posted a review for hovernote, which is an awesome floating notetaking app. Any suggestions?

  • Blaise Clarke

    What to post, what to post…

  • clarkeblaise

    Now I just have to think hard about something worthy of posting!

  • lilcledix

    good luck everyone. i think this will be a fun thing and it will get everyones brain working

  • Michael N

    I bought my wife a Nexus 7 and it is reaaally nice. I wouldn’t mind having an additional one around the house for random home automation and remote type stuff. Plus it’s just handy to have a smaller, durable tablet around for quick things that I don’t want to use the iPad for.

  • Homncruse

    Just did the same!

  • Homncruse

    It’s too bad the A&M shirts aren’t custom printed with our usernames. I bet you’d get even more recognition.

  • Homncruse

    I know that if I saw you on the street wearing your A&M “BetterWithRoot” shirt, I’d totally give you a big man-hug.