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Staples Offering Free Shipping on Nexus 7 Pre-Sales

Staples confirmed on Monday that Google's Nexus 7 tablet is now available for pre-sale, adding to the list of brick-and-mortar stores offering the 7-inch Android tablet. However the actual website is listing only the 16 GB version, selling for $249 USD but with free shipping, leaving customers to deal with tax (around $18 USD) at checkout.

"Staples is a leader in offering the latest technology for small businesses and consumers, and we are thrilled to offer early availability of this amazing new product," said Mike Edwards, executive vice president retail merchandising, Staples. "We invite customers to come in and experience a live demonstration of Nexus 7 at one of our U.S. locations or enjoy the convenience of free shipping when ordering on Staples.com."

Staples reports that the Nexus 7 is scheduled to be delivered between Thursday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 17 for those who pre-purchase the 16 GB model online. As for the 8 GB model, the company mentions this version in Monday's announcement which presumably means it will only be sold in brick-and-mortar locations nationwide for $199 (plus tax).

The Nexus 7 was jointly developed by Google and Asus. The 7-inch tablet sports Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 SoC, a 1280 x 800 HD IPS display (216 ppi) protected by scratch-resistant Corning glass, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. Other features include NFC (Android Beam), GPS, a built-in microphone, Bluetooth and more. It's also one of the first devices to sport Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean."

"Nexus 7 is the latest addition to a wide selection of the newest technology products at Staples. Staples full suite of technology products and services include the latest computers, e-readers, tablets and smart phones. Staples certified EasyTech associates are highly trained, and able to assist customers in selecting the best technology solutions for their needs," Staples said.

Both versions of the Nexus 7 can also be pre-purchased directly from Google here.

  • Apple injunction in t minus 3 days and counting..
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  • Pyree
    If it comes with 3/4G and can make calls, I'll be selling my Nexus S and grab this in a flash.
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  • aaron88_7
    Still slightly cheaper to get it straight through Google when you consider the free $25 Google gives you. I guess it comes down to who will ship it faster which I'd place my bets on Google.

    Not that any of that matters for me as I'm broke :( Damn I want one of these!!
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  • rahin88
    25$ card is not just google specific. you get it from Asus. the card is in built into the device.
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  • aaron88_7
    ^ ^ You're right, I thought it was only available when buying the Nexus 7 directly through the Google Play store.
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  • jojesa
    If I knew I would have waited to get it from Staples. I have purchased from Staples and they are pretty fast when it comes to delivery, most of the times I get the goods the next day.
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  • kawininjazx
    For the people complaining that a $200 tablet doesn't have 4G - tether your phone with FoxFi or get a MIFI, you have to pay for data anyway and it works just as good. Most people use FoxFi without their provider noticing.
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  • amdwilliam1985
    kawininjazxFor the people complaining that a $200 tablet doesn't have 4G - tether your phone with FoxFi or get a MIFI, you have to pay for data anyway and it works just as good. Most people use FoxFi without their provider noticing.
    Totally agree with you, tether Nexus 7 to your phone's data plan with apps such as FoxFi is the best way to go. Nexus 7 will be my new "phone". I will hold the giant 7" to my face to make skype calls in front of 3.5" iPhone users ;)
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  • hoofhearted
    kawininjazxFor the people complaining that a $200 tablet doesn't have 4G - tether your phone with FoxFi or get a MIFI, you have to pay for data anyway and it works just as good. Most people use FoxFi without their provider noticing.

    Don't even need an app with ICS and bluetooth
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  • kenyee
    rahin8825$ card is not just google specific. you get it from Asus. the card is in built into the device.
    If you go look at the product page on Staples' site, it clearly mentions the google play credit, unlike Gamestop's page...
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