The Nexus 7: iPad killer or promoter?
The Nexus 7, Google and ASUS’ worst kept secret has been revealed. Google has entered the low end tablet game and marketed the product at a very competitive price.
The new operating system is nicknamed Jellybean (Android 4.1) and the tablet will be the first to be properly developed by Google. Our opinion is that ASUS was a great choice for Google as a manufacturer, Google have so far worked on three Nexus mobile handsets which have been manufactured by HTC (Nexus One) and Samsung (Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus).
The major news for the Nexus 7 is that this is Google’s first venture into tablets with a very well refined operating system. The first tablet OS was nicknamed Honeycomb (Android 3.0) which was quickly superseeded by Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) which worked multi-platform (phone and tablet). So the big question is, should you consider an Android tablet?
Our answer is why not, if you can see by Google’s very subtle promotional video, they tote this tablet as the first tablet they would buy for their mother. What they are showing is that this tablet has a specific market, it is great, cheap and low-end. It’s not necessarily for the tech-geek, although I have bought one myself but this tablet is for the massive hole in the market. There are still so many people who unnecessarily have laptops or desktops which they use to perform tablet functions.
So how do I get one?
If you want to buy a Nexus 7 it is quite easy, simple set up a Google Wallet account which attaches to your Google identity (GMail). If you are an Android user, the experience is not that much different to buying an App in the Play store. If you are not yet an Android user, you can simply click on this link to pre-order and be one of the first in the world to own the cheapest Jellybean tablet.
Price in Australia as of 29 June 2012:
Nexus 7 8GB (WiFi Only) – $249
Nexus 7 16GB (WiFi Only) – $299
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