Several reports indicate that Google's Nexus 7 tablet is currently only available in the 8 GB version ($199) on Google Play. Meanwhile, the company has placed a "ships soon" sign on the 16 GB model ($249) with no indication as to when this version will be available again. Even more, the tablet is reportedly out of stock nationwide, with 3rd-party retailers "frantically" attempting to get more units in stock.
Signs of the eventual sellout was made obvious just a day after it launched last week, as retailers began to face problems filling pre-orders. According to reports, the following stores are now officially sold out completely: GameStop, Office Depot, Staples, Kmart, B&H NYC, MobileCity and Sam's Club. Even Curry's PC World UK is also reportedly devoid of any Nexus 7 tablets.
Because the device doesn't offer means of adding storage, the 16 GB model is considered to be the more attractive of the two. For $50 more, consumers get twice the storage space while retaining the same overall features. But those still looking to get the tablet within the next five business days might find the 8 GB version somewhat appealing given that an order placed with Google on Friday could result in a product in-hand by next Friday at the most. Even more, when Google actually starts taking orders for the 16 GB model again, it could take 1 to 2 weeks to receive the tablet.
Just recently, Asus spoke up about the Nexus 7 seemingly for the first time since its launch, defending its reason for not including a rear-facing camera. As it stands now, owners wanting to take pictures with the device must download a third-party Android app like Instagram or Camera Zoom FX and use the front-facing 1.2MP camera. This method is awkward but still works with a little patience.
As for why there is no rear-facing camera, it all came down to overall cost to the consumer. "To make this device accessible to the widest possible market, price is very important," the company stated. "Asus believes that for this device, a good rear camera is important. Adding a high quality rear facing camera will increase the price point and many users would not have a use for it. Adding a lower quality rear facing camera would compromise on the overall user experience so the decision was made not to include a front facing camera therefore keeping the price down and user experience extremely high."
Interesting. So instead of tacking on another 1.2MP camera on the rear for convenience, the company decided to push users into solely using the front-facing 1.2MP camera. Would a second camera have been worth the price increase?