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The new Android-powered tablet could compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire and maybe even Apple's new iPad

While many tablets have unsuccessfully thwarted iPad sales since the popular tablet's initial release in 2010, Google's latest Nexus 7 tab looks like it could give Apple's new iPad a run for its money.

According to many U.S. retail stores, Google's Nexus 7 tablet has sold out (or is close to selling out). Gamestop said it ran out of stock last Friday, while both Sam's Club and Staples reported having sold out of the tablet on their websites that same day.
 
"We blew through the first two allotments," said Gamestop. A third isn't expected until August. 
 
Google's Nexus 7 is a tablet made by ASUS. It runs the latest version of the Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean, and packs various features like a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution; a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor; a 1.2 MP front-facing camera; NFC, Bluetooth, 802.11n wireless; GPS and 8 GB and 16 GB versions. The 8 GB version starts at $199 while the 16 GB runs $249.99.
 
The Nexus 7, which has received great reviews, could finally prove to be a true tablet competitor in the market. While other Android-powered tablets, like Samsung's Galaxy Tab, have gained a bit of popularity in the past, they haven't come close to Apple's iPad. So far, the only other tablet to grab a bit of attention was Amazon's Kindle Fire, which was a hit during the 2011 holiday season. Amazon managed to move 4.7 million units in Q4 2011 while Apple moved 15.4 million units during that same time period, meaning the Fire cut into the iPad's market share by nearly one-third. 
 
The Nexus 7 would land in the same category as the $199, 8 GB Kindle Fire. Amazon is also expected to release a new Fire later in the third quarter, which will feature some updates like a camera and external volume controls. 
 
While the Nexus 7 is more in the Kindle Fire's league, the latest Android-powered tablet may put a dent in Apple's market share as well if the sales momentum continues. 

Source: Reuters



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Very Tempted.
By Mitch101 on 7/16/2012 3:07:04 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Google's Nexus 7 is a tablet made by ASUS. It runs the latest version of the Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean, and packs various features like a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution; a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor; a 1.2 MP front-facing camera; NFC, Bluetooth, 802.11n wireless; GPS and 8 GB and 16 GB versions. The 8 GB version starts at $199 while the 16 GB runs $249.99.

I think this is an Android device I can get behind because I expect support to be what it should have been on other Android devices still Im gonna wait a few months so if there are any bugs in the hardware or software they get worked out. I would also like to see a 10" device for slightly more.




RE: Very Tempted.
By bug77 on 7/16/2012 3:11:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I'd like to see a 10" version as well. 7" is not serviceable enough imho. I mean, I have a 10" tablet and it still seems too small at times.


RE: Very Tempted.
By augiem on 7/16/2012 6:40:37 PM , Rating: 3
I'm the opposite. I have a 10" and think it's too big to use comfortably for longer than a few minutes. 7" is theoretically perfect in my mind, though I haven't spent time using one yet.

Still, overall, tablets are rather useless to me. Oh well.


RE: Very Tempted.
By bug77 on 7/16/2012 8:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
It's not that comfortable, true (it's better with swiftkey). But 7" would require either too much scrolling or too much squinting. It's also the reason I didn't buy a reader: the last generation did not include a 10" device.

It's almost completely useless for me, too.


RE: Very Tempted.
By vXv on 7/16/2012 3:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing missing is 3G/4G not sure whether it is really needed though. (I have no specific use for a tablet but for 199-249$ this one looks nice to get as a "toy").


RE: Very Tempted.
By Mitch101 on 7/16/2012 8:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
Wifi or Blu-Tooth connect to your phone to get a 3G/4G connection.


RE: Very Tempted.
By Sazabi19 on 7/17/2012 8:30:45 AM , Rating: 2
Not all companies are slow on everything they do. My Asus Transformer (TF101) was I think the 3rd tab to get ICS, just behind the new Prime (at the time) and the Galaxy Tab. It was an older device and Asus still updated it quickly and made sure it was stable. I've had no problems with it since I updated it in Jan/Feb. I get updates on it still to this day quite often, more so than on my Moto Bionic (updated it via the leaked ICS build and it has been stable too, only thing I have noticed is contacts not showing up on caller ID when they are calling in, other than that rock solid) so I would have to say Asus does an awesome job. Had to send my tab in once for a spring in the power button, it got hard to turn on and off, turnaround was about a week so I don't know what people are talking about for bad "customer service". Also, just ordered an Asus Transformer Infinity (TF700T) yesterday, can't wait for it to get here! I will get the dock for it eventually.


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