GameStop to be first retailer to sell Google Nexus 7 tablet

Google's announcement earlier this week that it would sell its own Asus-made tablet, the Google Nexus 7, wasn't much of a surprise. However, the first brick-and-mortar retailer to announce that they would sell the Android 4.1 device is a bit more surprising: GameStop. The gaming retailer announced this week it is now taking pre-orders for the $199 tablet ahead of its release later in July.

There's even better news for consumers. Anyone who wants to get the Nexus 7 from GameStop can trade in their used console games, along with console hardware and accessories, and get a 30 percent trade credit bonus to get the Nexus 7. They can also trade in their iOS and iPod devices and select Android tablets for the same credit bonus. GameStop started accepting trade-ins on iPods, iPhones and iPads in the fall of 2011.

So far, GameStop is the only retailer, outside of Google's own Google Play online store, to offer the Nexus 7 on sale; other retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy and Target have not announced plans to offer the Nexus 7. It also remains to be seen if Amazon.com will sell the tablet. The Nexus 7 seems to be a direct challenge to Amazon's own Android 2.3-based Kindle Fire tablet, along with Barnes and Noble's Nook tablet.

Source: GameStop | Image via Google

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20 Comments

FloatingFatMan said,
First US retailer. Many UK retailers (Like eBuyer from above), have been taking pre-orders since the announcement.

yes, that is weird.. there are a lot of UK retailers and only one US retailer...

still1 said,

yes, that is weird.. there are a lot of UK retailers and only one US retailer...

many things in the US don't make a lot of sense

CronicHazel said,

many things in the US don't make a lot of sense


many thing outside US don't make a lot of sense too.. Its only weird because usually google products(since its US company) comes to US first and then to UK but its the other way around now

FloatingFatMan said,
First US retailer. Many UK retailers (Like eBuyer from above), have been taking pre-orders since the announcement.

God point. Maybe article should mention that as it is big difference.

Like me saying I came 1st 100m, but not saying it was school and was 11.

Wow, just looked at the specs, and the damned thing doesn't even have a rear-facing camera, which is standard spec for all tablets these days... And the build quality looks cheap as hell even in the pictures...

Thanks, but I'll be sticking with my iPad.

Seriously? Its 200$ why are you comparing a 7" tab to your standard tablet???

-=MagMan=- said,
Wow, just looked at the specs, and the damned thing doesn't even have a rear-facing camera, which is standard spec for all tablets these days... And the build quality looks cheap as hell even in the pictures...

Thanks, but I'll be sticking with my iPad.

-=MagMan=- said,
Wow, just looked at the specs, and the damned thing doesn't even have a rear-facing camera, which is standard spec for all tablets these days... And the build quality looks cheap as hell even in the pictures...

Thanks, but I'll be sticking with my iPad.

Quad core CPU, 12 core Nvidia GPU, 1280x800 IPS panel, 1GB RAM and lighter and thinner than all of its 7" competition .... all for $200, and you whine? lol, gotta love haters

-=MagMan=- said,
Wow, just looked at the specs, and the damned thing doesn't even have a rear-facing camera, which is standard spec for all tablets these days...

A rear camera is redundant. If you want to take scenic photos use a proper digital camera or your phone. The actual specs for this tablet are great bang for buck.

My only criticism would be the lack of micro-SD slot and USB mass-storage. Although with the tight cloud integration, that probably won't be a problem.

-=MagMan=- said,

Thanks, but I'll be sticking with my iPad.

You're comparing a $600 device vs a $200 one. That being said, the processor and GPU specs are quite comparable.

simplezz said,
My only criticism would be the lack of micro-SD slot and USB mass-storage. Although with the tight cloud integration, that probably won't be a problem.

simplezz said,
You're comparing a $600 device vs a $200 one. That being said, the processor and GPU specs are quite comparable.

Going to be one of those few times I have to agree with you; it's $200, you're not going to get high-end with every feature packed in.. but at that price, it's quite good. No, it's obviously not going to replace your desktop but at $200 it's going to be quite capable for what it's designed for.. I have a couple older budget units that I definitely would consider replacing with these.

-=MagMan=- said,
Wow, just looked at the specs, and the damned thing doesn't even have a rear-facing camera, which is standard spec for all tablets these days... And the build quality looks cheap as hell even in the pictures...

Thanks, but I'll be sticking with my iPad.

In the words of my witty supervisor:
"Every time I see someone fumbling around trying to take a photo with an iPad, I have the urge to knock it out of their hands".

Rear facing camera on tablets is stupid. Is not as easy to use as a phone, and us unnecessary cost. All you need is front facing camera for conference calls and what not. The likelihood you have a good camera on your phone if you have a tablet is pretty high in the first place. I don't know how much a good tablet camera adds to production, but I will be taking the camera-less option for a 50 dollar discount or whatever in a heart beat.

PmRd said,
Asus is good, Android is bad. I'm sure WinRT would run smoother than ICS on any device.

That has nothing to do with this article at all.

PmRd said,
I'm sure WinRT would run smoother than ICS on any device.

Until you tried to browse the web and it all freezed

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