Say what you want about 7-inch tablets being too small to compete with Apple’s (AAPL) iPad, but Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch tablet money can buy right now. That said, the fact that the tablet’s 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera only records in VGA (640 x 480 resolution) is a huge disappointment. XDA Developers member “hillbeast” has tried to remedy this by releasing a how-to guide for tweaking the camera so it can record video in a more-acceptable 1280 x 720 resolution. Intrepid tinkerers should note that they’ll need to root their Nexus 7 before hillbeast’s modified code can be injected, so the camera upgrade isn’t without its risks. Video showing a comparison between the original and modified cameras are posted below. More →
Following the success Google (GOOG) has seen with the current version of its Nexus 7 tablet, the software giant turned hardware peddler is reportedly planning a second version of the slate that will launch in roughly six weeks. MoDaCo’s well-connected Paul O’Brien issued a brief report on Sunday stating that a 3G-enabled version of Google’s popular $200 tablet is already being built. Manufacturing partner ASUS (2357) is currently ramping up manufacturing for a launch in approximately six weeks according to the report, which would place the tablet’s release some time in mid-October. BGR reviewed the Nexus 7 on video in July and called it the best low-cost tablet money can buy. More →
It wasn’t easy for ASUS (2357) to hit that $199 price point with the Google Nexus 7 tablet, but it looks like it’s paying off. Reports of strong demand for Google’s (GOOG) debut tablet were reaffirmed shortly after the Nexus 7 launched, as Google quickly sold out of its entry-level model. Now, new estimates from Tech-thoughts.net based on touch panel shipments suggest Google could sell as many as 8 million tablets by the end of the year, making the Nexus 7 one of the most popular Android tablets to date. Google previously stated that it hoped to sell 3 million Nexus 7 tablets in 2012. More →
Apple (AAPL) was once the king of advertising, from its iconic 1984 Macintosh advertisement to its simplistic iPhone commercials. The Cupertino-based company has seemingly been slacking as of late, however. Its slew of celebrity-endorsed Siri commercials are annoying even to some of the company’s devout followers, and its latest “Genius” campaign has been called embarrassing. According to the ad research firm Ace Metrix, which measures effectiveness of ads by showing them to 500 consumers and scoring them in areas such as persuasiveness and likelihood of watching again, Google’s (GOOG) “Camping” advertisement is more effective than Apple’s latest TV spot. The Nexus 7 commercial scored a 662 out of a possible 950, and was the most-effective TV spot to debut in the last week and the most-effective technology spot in the last 90 days.
Consumer Reports today added Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 to its tablet rankings and concluded that while it’s probably the best cheap tablet on the market, it still can’t match the overall quality of the Apple (AAPL) iPad. Overall, the Nexus 7 scored a 79 out of 100 and did particularly well in Consumer Reports’s ratings for both touch response and portability. This gives the Nexus 7 vastly superior scores than similarly-priced tablets such as the Amazon (AMZN) Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble (BKS) Nook Tablet, which scored 66 and 65 respectively. More →
Good news for Nexus 7 fans: The 16GB version of the popular Google tablet has been restocked and is now available for purchase from the Google Play store again for its standard $249 price tag. Google (GOOG) briefly discontinued sales of the 16GB Nexus 7 last week after the Guardian reported that the company had “seriously underestimated” demand for the more expensive 16GB version of the tablet. The fact that the 16GB model has been selling well should be good news for Google since the $249 version of the Nexus 7 is projected to be far more profitable for the company than the $199 8GB model. More →
It seems that Google (GOOG) could turn a profit on its Nexus 7 tablet after all. The Guardian reports that the company has stopped taking orders on the 16GB version of its tablet on its Google Play store, while unnamed sources told the paper that Google had “seriously underestimated” the demand for the more expensive 16GB Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 Google Play page for Google’s bigger tablet now says that users can sign up to be notified when more models become available, so it appears that Google is ramping up production as soon as it can. The fact that the 16GB model has been selling well should be good news for Google since the $249 version of the Nexus 7 is projected to be far more profitable for the company than the $199 8GB model. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) iPad and Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 are, without question, the two best tablets on the market. Each device has advantages over the other, such as the iPad’s Retina display and the Nexus 7′s $199 price tag. Build quality is one area where many might think Apple has a clear advantage considering case materials and cost, but according to an independent third-party test, that apparently isn’t the case. More →
Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 tablet has gotten off to a rocky start. Despite its rave reviews and early sellouts, hundreds if not thousands of disgruntled consumers are still waiting for their tablets to arrive on their doorsteps. Far worse, however, are reports that many of those lucky enough to receive a Nexus 7 were dumbfounded when they began using Google’s $199 tablet only to find a number of manufacturing defects. More →
This week on The BGR Show we spent some time looking at Google’s (GOOG) first ever Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is just starting to roll out to the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. We take an in-depth look at both of Google’s flagship Nexus products running Google’s latest mobile OS and break down all of the best new features. At $199, we’ll say it again — this is the best tablet you can buy.
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Reuters reports that some major retail chains have been running out of Google Nexus 7 tablets on the device’s first day of availability. According to Reuters, customers have already ripped all the Nexus 7 tablets out of GameStop’s inventory while both the Sam’s Club and Walmart websites list the device as out of stock as well. While GameStop would not specify the exact number of Nexus 7 tablets it had ordered, a company spokesman told Reuters that it ”blew through the first two allotments,” meaning GameStop won’t have any more Nexus 7s to sell until a third allotment becomes available in August.
There has been some confusion from those who have placed Google Nexus 7 preorders regarding when they can expect their tablets to arrive in the mail (see here and here, for example). But now, Android Police reports that Google will ship out all preorders made through the Google Play store over the next three business days, with some tablets already having been shipped out on Friday. Google says that once customers’ orders have shipped they’ll received a confirmation email along with a tracking number so they know exactly what their shipment’s status is. More →
Android fans who preordered Google’s flagship Nexus 7 tablet through the Google Play store could get a nice big treat in the mail as soon as Friday. DroidMatters reports that Google has started shipping Nexus 7 preorders and some customers could see their tablets arrive as soon as July 13th. The site discovered that some tablets were arriving on Friday through a posting on the XDA-Developers forum showing an order sheet for the Nexus 7 with a scheduled delivery time of July 13th between 2:15 pm and 6:15 pm. DroidMatters speculates that other retailers will start shipping their own Nexus 7 preorders now that Google got the ball rolling. More →