If you were hoping to snag a Nexus 7 tablet and wanted the more expensive 16GB version, you’ll have to wait a while. Stock at most outlets is gone and is now backordered with “be notified by email” options. No reservations are being taken as Google is not sure when they can deliver more 16GB tablets.
The company, according to The Guardian, thought that the lower-priced 8GB tablet would sell in higher numbers, but given the paltry $50 difference between the two, it’s no wonder most are going for the higher option here. The 8GB is in stock at most of the outlets I checked, but has relatively few takers.
Why would the more expensive option sell better? Probably for the same reason Apple usually sells the higher-end models first: like the iPad, the Nexus 7 can’t be updated, so what you buy is what you get and that’s it. Sure, you can add gangly USB drives or thumb drives, but you cannot add an internal memory card of any kind.
That limits the Nexus and means that most buyers, who are likely tech-savvy anyway, are opting for the larger version and paying the extra fifty for it.
Google hasn’t released sales figures, but by all accounts so far, the Nexus 7 is selling fast. Given the relative shelf age of its nearest competitors, the iPad and Kindle Touch, the Nexus should be selling well as the hottest new thing.
The Nexus 7 is Google’s first foray into tablets and is being made to spec by Asus. It’s available at retailers both online and off.. assuming you only want the 8GB option, of course. The wait for a 16GB could be up to a month.