Nexus 7 Tablet Selling Out in U.S. Retail Stores
July 16, 2012 2:37 PM
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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.
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RE: No sell for me
7/17/2012 1:41:40 AM
So short sighted... 1 year from now that battery will hold far less charge. I will not let it go.
RE: No sell for me
7/17/2012 8:10:34 PM
Complete BS. My 2+ year old phone, tablet, ereader, and laptop hold as much charge as they ever have.
Let it go,
you're complaining about something that doesn't matter anymore.
RE: No sell for me
7/20/2012 8:43:36 PM
Ahh, I love the Daily Tech comments. The home of the ignorant and proud!
Decreased life with charging:
"...cycling, elevated temperature and aging decrease the performance over time. Since batteries are used in demanding environmental conditions, manufacturers take a conservative approach and specify the life of most Li-ion between 300 and 500 discharge/charge cycles."
"...Although a battery should deliver 100 percent capacity during the first year of service, it is common to see lower than specified capacities, and shelf life may have contributed to this loss..."
They go on to show a chart that clearly illustrates progressive battery capacity loss with each charge.
Decreased life with aging:
"Subject to aging, even if not in use (aging occurs with all batteries and modern Li-ion systems have a similar life span to other chemistries)"
I have just as much anecdotal evidence as you. I changed batteries 3 times with my last cell phone. My current cell phone is over a year old and maintains good standby time, but the battery nearly drains out with 1 hour of talk now. Clearly the battery is aging. I an older Dell laptop that can barely hold a charge anymore. My friend's last 3 phones all had battery issues 1.5 years out.
Go ahead and believe what you want regardless of the facts.
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