Jul 23, 2012
Almost a month after its announcement, Google and Asus’ Nexus 7 tablet is finally making its way into people’s hands as they’ve finally started shipping from Google Play.
Those looking to get the 8 GB version are in luck: I personally ordered one on Friday morning, and should have it today. Expect a review soon. The 16 GB one is harder to find: it’s currently out of stock on Google Play and many retailers have reported it as being out of sale. For Google this has to be a good thing: massive demand of a product is certainly a good sign. As well, given the iSuppli report that basically said that the 16 GB Nexus 7 only costs about $8-$15 more to make than the 8 GB version which is being sold at cost, then there’s the possibility that Google could wind up making a profit â€“ even if it’s just a modest one â€“ as well as gaining vital tablet market share.
Of course, how it all works in practice is a very good question, though the capable hardware of the Nexus 7 should ensure that any well-built browser will work well. But will it wind up being a net positive experience? We’ll have our rundown very soon.