You could use many different terms to describe the Google Nexus 7. But right now, "sold out" is perhaps the most appropriate.
The Nexus 7 went on sale last weekend, finding its way to big-box retailer shelves and into the Google Play Store. Now, some retailers are reporting sellouts. The 16 GB version of the tablet is also sold out on Google Play.
The Nexus 7 is powered by a Tegra 3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU. The tablet weighs 12 ounces, lighter than most tablets on the market. The Nexus 7 will retail at $199.
"Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in the palm of your hand," Rubin wrote in the official Google blog when the device was announced in late June. "Hang out with up to 10 friends on Google+ using the front-facing camera, browse the Web blazingly fast with Chrome and, of course, crank through your e-mails with Gmail."
The Best 7-Inch Tablet
We turned to Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis who just wrapped up a new report on the Nexus 7, to get his take on the sellout. He told us he is not at all surprised.
"The Nexus 7 is very well priced and very well spec-ed. It is the best 7-inch tablet on the market at the moment," Greengart said. "We will see what Amazon does with its next-generation Kindle. And if the rumors are true, Apple may come out with something in this size category as well."
Among the Nexus 7 attributes that Greengart counts as special are the operating system. Nexus 7 runs Jelly Bean and is currently the only Android tablet of any size that runs the latest iteration of the mobile operating system.
A Good Deal
"I've found that Android Jelly Bean, which is version 4.1, offers relatively minor but still significant enhancements to what was already a mature platform," Greengart said. "The user interface is more cohesive, it's cleaner and it's much smoother. A big selling point is undoubtedly the value. Google has admitted that it's selling it at cost. So that's a good deal for consumers."
As Greengart sees it, the only challenge is that most mainstream technology users don't know the Google Nexus exists. Right now, he figures early adopters and tech geeks are the ones rushing to buy the device.
"Most consumers have never heard of a Nexus anything let alone a Nexus 7. Should Google actually make a million of these and ship them to retailers I'm not sure they would sell at quite the same rate without Google first alerting consumers to the fact that they exist," Greengart said.
"When you compare the Nexus 7 to the Kindle Fire it doesn't have as much content, and when you compare it to the iPad it doesn't have as many purpose-built apps, but for $199 it's an attractive tablet."
Posted: 2012-07-26 @ 7:42am PT
"When you compare the Nexus 7 to the Kindle Fire it doesn't have as much content , and when you compare it to the iPad it doesn't have as many purpose-built apps, but for $199 it's an attractive tablet."
Are they kidding us? Who said that? Muuussttt be an idiot and knows nothing about Android apps. Almost every single damn app is there!
Posted: 2012-07-24 @ 8:20am PT
Nexus 7, sounds like an excellent cornerstone for Google to continue to build on.
Posted: 2012-07-22 @ 4:07pm PT
I want one. Every place I went to buy one today, either didn't have them yet or was sold out.
Posted: 2012-07-22 @ 1:12pm PT
Starting out this is a great tablet for general use, email, web surfing and taking advantage of Google apps. What distinguishes this tablet from its competition is since it is a Google device, Google will take ownership of it and will update its operating system, and app developers will be encouraged to develop apps specific to the Nexus 7.
Posted: 2012-07-22 @ 8:44am PT
It has all the apps as ipad apps most of the useful ones and when you compare to kindle you can always download kindle app and get the same what you had in kindle fire