Google's Nexus 7 tablet in short supply

When Google announced in June they were getting into the tablet business personally with their Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet, lots of people were apparently interested. The Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) device, with a quad-core processor and a very cheap $199 price tag for the 8 GB model has made the Nexus 7 tough to buy, at least for now.

Google has yet to say how many of the tablets it has made available for shipment. Having said that, ZDNet.com reports that according to a GameStop spokesperson, the retailer has already out of its first two shipments of the $249 16 GB version. The retailer plans to get a third shipment in August.

Other stores such as Office Depot, Staples and Kmart show that the Nexus 7 is either on back order or temporarily out of stock at both their retail stores and on their websites.

It looks like if you want a Nexus 7 sometime this month, your best bet is to order it online directly from the Google Play website. The $199 8 GB model is listed as shipping in "3-5 business days" after Google receives an order. The 16 GB model is simply listed as "Coming Soon" on the Google Play page. ZDnet.com reports that some 16 GB models are showing up on eBay, but they are priced between 20 and 30 percent over the normal $249 price

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sad but it will fall off a cliff in a few months as these tablets do. it simply doesn't hold a candle the the iOS train nor does it have enough to endure the windows 8 assault.

I got mine too and it's quite a nice tablet! Happy with it. And Android 4.1 is, in my opinion, better than iOS. Apple iOS is starting to look old, even version 6....

TruckWEB said,
I got mine too and it's quite a nice tablet! Happy with it. And Android 4.1 is, in my opinion, better than iOS. Apple iOS is starting to look old, even version 6....

iOS has looked old for a couple of years now.

Glad I got my N7 last Wednesday! I love it it's very good. Certainly puts my girlfriends iPad (iPoop) to shame. Especially when I think I have a Galaxy Nexus too :-)

No justified complaints for this tablet unless you thought it was more than it should be in my opinion...

Whoever thought this was a contender to high end tablets, needs to severely re-evaluate how they judge the technological brackets of this world!

Posted from my Nexus 7!

I received my nexus 7 tablet 48 hours ago and since then I am playing with it and honestly it is nowhere near my expectation. I am planning to return it as soon as possible. first of all, I used to have an android phone before and the biggest problems was its lags and general low performance of applications and OS. I have heard about jelly beans and project butter and I thought yes they nailed it this time but I was wrong. I am telling you that you will get disappointed if you already used iOS device that it is nowhere near what they advertised and there is lot of performance issues that I feel it already with just a few general application I installed such as facebook app or even Adobe Reader. PDF reading is such a pain and there are still lot of bugs with zooming and in the new chrome browser (consider that I am a big fan of chrome but the experience of using my windows phone IE in my single core phone is far better than this chrome in quad core tablet which is a shame ). additionally Google now search was OK but not as awesome as it has been advertised. it didnot catch a lot of my simple request and I some times I tried 10 times with different words to make it understand and some times after lot of tries I gave up and simply typed. worst of all many application I used to use when I had my android phone is simply says not compatible with this device which is a big big time disappointing. as I said I am planning to return it. hopefully they give you two weeks to return. I will wait for surface to come out.

Edited by trojan_market, Jul 22 2012, 3:05am :

S3P€hR said,
snip

facebook app is crap on iOS as well, facebook and their app should die a horrible death in a fire.

S3P€hR said,
I received my nexus 7 tablet 48 hours ago and since then I am playing with it and honestly it is nowhere near my expectation. I am planning to return it as soon as possible. first of all, I used to have an android phone before and the biggest problems was its lags and general low performance of applications and OS. I have heard about jelly beans and project butter and I thought yes they nailed it this time but I was wrong. I am telling you that you will get disappointed if you already used iOS device that it is nowhere near what they advertised and there is lot of performance issues that I feel it already with just a few general application I installed such as facebook app or even Adobe Reader. PDF reading is such a pain and there are still lot of bugs with zooming and in the new chrome browser (consider that I am a big fan of chrome but the experience of using my windows phone IE in my single core phone is far better than this chrome in quad core tablet which is a shame ). additionally Google now search was OK but not as awesome as it has been advertised. it didnot catch a lot of my simple request and I some times I tried 10 times with different words to make it understand and some times after lot of tries I gave up and simply typed. worst of all many application I used to use when I had my android phone is simply says not compatible with this device which is a big big time disappointing. as I said I am planning to return it. hopefully they give you two weeks to return. I will wait for surface to come out.
As a previous owner of WP7 device (still have a 1st gen. HTC Trophy), and using my friend's iPhone's 4(S), I can gladly say the Nexus 7 is just as smooth, if not smoother. IE in WP7 is alright, but you miss so many features you get in Chrome. I love Chrome's syncing bookmark/sessions from the installation of Chrome on your computer. IE in WP7 is very slow to load pages, Chrome blows it out in terms of being modern, and the capability to render pages correctly. Tabs are handled far better in Chrome than IE. Just everything in Chrome and this device are far better than my IE experience in WP7.

Google Now blows Siri out of the water, but not really an important feature to me (more of a gimmick).

I just find your experience to be completely the opposite of mine. For future owners, I would say do your research, watch videos online, use the device if you can (Gamestop and other B&M retailers stock it). Apps. do need updating, it's not a problem of this device specifically, but rather developers' fault. 99% of my apps. work though.

tsupersonic said,
As a previous owner of WP7 device (still have a 1st gen. HTC Trophy), and using my friend's iPhone's 4(S), I can gladly say the Nexus 7 is just as smooth, if not smoother. IE in WP7 is alright, but you miss so many features you get in Chrome. I love Chrome's syncing bookmark/sessions from the installation of Chrome on your computer. IE in WP7 is very slow to load pages, Chrome blows it out in terms of being modern, and the capability to render pages correctly. Tabs are handled far better in Chrome than IE. Just everything in Chrome and this device are far better than my IE experience in WP7.

Google Now blows Siri out of the water, but not really an important feature to me (more of a gimmick).

I just find your experience to be completely the opposite of mine. For future owners, I would say do your research, watch videos online, use the device if you can (Gamestop and other B&M retailers stock it). Apps. do need updating, it's not a problem of this device specifically, but rather developers' fault. 99% of my apps. work though.

I just hope Nexus 7 will encourage more quality app development. I'll definitely will pick one up when it's readily available. Only thing that would sway me away from Nexus 7 would be iPad Mini with similar hardware, size and price, but doubt that will happen, so yeah

tsupersonic said,
As a previous owner of WP7 device (still have a 1st gen. HTC Trophy), and using my friend's iPhone's 4(S), I can gladly say the Nexus 7 is just as smooth, if not smoother. IE in WP7 is alright, but you miss so many features you get in Chrome. I love Chrome's syncing bookmark/sessions from the installation of Chrome on your computer. IE in WP7 is very slow to load pages, Chrome blows it out in terms of being modern, and the capability to render pages correctly. Tabs are handled far better in Chrome than IE. Just everything in Chrome and this device are far better than my IE experience in WP7.

Google Now blows Siri out of the water, but not really an important feature to me (more of a gimmick).

I just find your experience to be completely the opposite of mine. For future owners, I would say do your research, watch videos online, use the device if you can (Gamestop and other B&M retailers stock it). Apps. do need updating, it's not a problem of this device specifically, but rather developers' fault. 99% of my apps. work though.

may be I just mentioned negative parts. I shall say I did lot of research and the only thing I found bad about this device before buying it was the shipping which was honestly no problem for me. I ordered it and it came in less than two days. I was surprised. The built quality was better than what I expected (compare to the price) It feels good in hand. 7 inches size is more convenient.
However, things that I mentioned was about Android jelly beans that It is really not as awesome as they try to show it. I didnot say google now is bad. Indeed it is much better than apple's siri but it needs a lot of work to be done to make it as much perfect as they try to show it. I got this mainly as an EReader for PDF files and adobe Reader is not working very well at all. as a proof of my point try to open a pdf book (anything) and try to zoom in and out on a paragraph. if you have iPad try to do the same thing. also for a website(not mobile version) do it with ipad's safari and nexus chrome and compare it fairly. I hope you will get my point.

S3P€hR said,

may be I just mentioned negative parts. I shall say I did lot of research and the only thing I found bad about this device before buying it was the shipping which was honestly no problem for me. I ordered it and it came in less than two days. I was surprised. The built quality was better than what I expected (compare to the price) It feels good in hand. 7 inches size is more convenient.
However, things that I mentioned was about Android jelly beans that It is really not as awesome as they try to show it. I didnot say google now is bad. Indeed it is much better than apple's siri but it needs a lot of work to be done to make it as much perfect as they try to show it. I got this mainly as an EReader for PDF files and adobe Reader is not working very well at all. as a proof of my point try to open a pdf book (anything) and try to zoom in and out on a paragraph. if you have iPad try to do the same thing. also for a website(not mobile version) do it with ipad's safari and nexus chrome and compare it fairly. I hope you will get my point.

Have you tried a third party reader? I'll admit it has probably been well over a year since I tried Abode Reader for Android but it was absolutely horrible. I un-installed it in a matter of minutes.

The Facebook app isn't that great either. I don't even think it's written in native code. You might want to try some alternatives.

S3P€hR said,

may be I just mentioned negative parts. I shall say I did lot of research and the only thing I found bad about this device before buying it was the shipping which was honestly no problem for me. I ordered it and it came in less than two days. I was surprised. The built quality was better than what I expected (compare to the price) It feels good in hand. 7 inches size is more convenient.
However, things that I mentioned was about Android jelly beans that It is really not as awesome as they try to show it. I didnot say google now is bad. Indeed it is much better than apple's siri but it needs a lot of work to be done to make it as much perfect as they try to show it. I got this mainly as an EReader for PDF files and adobe Reader is not working very well at all. as a proof of my point try to open a pdf book (anything) and try to zoom in and out on a paragraph. if you have iPad try to do the same thing. also for a website(not mobile version) do it with ipad's safari and nexus chrome and compare it fairly. I hope you will get my point.

you can use third party pdf reader.. eg. EZ PDF Reader Pro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwmRhLMeifs

for browser comparison
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O0YNRsmpL0

Nexus 7 looks good enough for me.
I ordered 2 units, 8GB & 16GB.. but haven't receive any of them yet

S3P€hR said,

I got this mainly as an EReader for PDF files and adobe Reader is not working very well at all. as a proof of my point try to open a pdf book (anything) and try to zoom in and out on a paragraph... I hope you will get my point.

Use another pdf reader, problem solved

No matter what OS you use, some applications will be better than others. To condemn an entire OS because of a few below par apps is shortsighted. As others have said, give other apps a try. There are some really great ones like EZ PDF Reader as DigiTheatre said.

In terms of general UI performance, the Nexus 7 looks very smooth when in juxtaposition with the latest iPad. For $200 it's a steal.

tsupersonic said,
As a previous owner of WP7 device (still have a 1st gen. HTC Trophy), and using my friend's iPhone's 4(S), I can gladly say the Nexus 7 is just as smooth, if not smoother. IE in WP7 is alright, but you miss so many features you get in Chrome. I love Chrome's syncing bookmark/sessions from the installation of Chrome on your computer. IE in WP7 is very slow to load pages, Chrome blows it out in terms of being modern, and the capability to render pages correctly. Tabs are handled far better in Chrome than IE. Just everything in Chrome and this device are far better than my IE experience in WP7.

Google Now blows Siri out of the water, but not really an important feature to me (more of a gimmick).

I just find your experience to be completely the opposite of mine. For future owners, I would say do your research, watch videos online, use the device if you can (Gamestop and other B&M retailers stock it). Apps. do need updating, it's not a problem of this device specifically, but rather developers' fault. 99% of my apps. work though.

Lol i'm amazed you can come to such a conclusion. After using an iPad2, & WP7 phone for 18 months as well as a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, I can say I'm very impressed with the Nexus 7. Exceeded my expectations in every way. Just like my new Galaxy Nexus has.

NexusLine said,

Lol i'm amazed you can come to such a conclusion. After using an iPad2, & WP7 phone for 18 months as well as a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, I can say I'm very impressed with the Nexus 7. Exceeded my expectations in every way. Just like my new Galaxy Nexus has.

Yeah, I expected nothing but stellar performance after all the videos I saw on it. I pre-ordered during the I/O conference, and the wait was long, but worth it. The Android ecosystem is looking pretty damn good right about now. No wonder why Apple is so scared, they actually have competition.

Where I live, when a Apple product is released there is always people reselling on craigslist for a profit, which is to be expected, but there isn't 1 single ad in 100 miles of where I live listing a Nexus 7, and every store Ive called is sold out. I just find it strange that there is no one that has it. Is this thing really that good?

Jack O Neill said,
Is this thing really that good?

Actually yeah. I love it.

It's my first tablet and there are facets of it I'm not impressed by, but the tablet is great and some of those will be fixed soon enough.

randomevent said,

Actually yeah. I love it.

It's my first tablet and there are facets of it I'm not impressed by, but the tablet is great and some of those will be fixed soon enough.


the fact that it is your first tablet is important because if you used to have an iPad despite all their advertisement they made that it is really fast is not even near iPad in performance using OS and apps. you will feel it when you compare nexus 7 with even ipad 2. I have both and I am telling you ipad is much smoother. I just thought google tablet would be awesome so I bought it and now I am returning it.

Jack O Neill said,
Where I live, when a Apple product is released there is always people reselling on craigslist for a profit, which is to be expected, but there isn't 1 single ad in 100 miles of where I live listing a Nexus 7, and every store Ive called is sold out. I just find it strange that there is no one that has it. Is this thing really that good?

Funny that, I live in a major NA city and there are quite a few on my local craigslist for inflated prices and they sell fast

S3P€hR said,

the fact that it is your first tablet is important because if you used to have an iPad despite all their advertisement they made that it is really fast is not even near iPad in performance using OS and apps. you will feel it when you compare nexus 7 with even ipad 2. I have both and I am telling you ipad is much smoother. I just thought google tablet would be awesome so I bought it and now I am returning it.

Apple is dead last on my list of companies to buy anything from. If anyone sells toxic chemicals I'm sure I'd rather buy those.

These articles are starting to sound like a broken record. How about some factual numbers to put give the article some prospective. Otherwise what's the point

deepfunkysoul said,
These articles are starting to sound like a broken record. How about some factual numbers to put give the article some prospective. Otherwise what's the point

I think you mean "perspective". Two very different words my friend.

warwagon said,
Hmm... I just want to use Google Now with my voice.
Google Now does work quite well. I'm glad I got mine! It's a fantastic tablet. If you're looking for a budget tablet, this is THE tablet to get.