If you’re looking to be one of the first on your block to have Google’s new 7-inch tablet, I hope you got your order in early; high demand has halted new orders for Google’s new entry into the tablet wars.
The smaller (7-inch), Android-based Google Nexus 7 has been stirring up quite a buzz in the tablet world, so much so that Google has shut the doors on orders for its larger 16GB model. If you’re interested in the 8 GB model there’s still hope for you, but with a price tag of $249 for the 16GB model ($199 for the 8GB), it’s hard not to want to spend the extra $50 for double the space.
Many people see tablets as a reasonable alternative to laptops and desktops in many situations, and the 7-inch size of the Nexus 7 gives it a form factor Apple has yet to try and tackle with its iPad hardware. The Kindle Fire has seen great success at this size, and many have predicted the release of a smaller “iPad mini” to rival its competitors in the wake of the death of Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO who was against changing the iPad’s dimensions in any way. But with the wave of popularity building behind the Google’s Play-compatible Nexus 7, it’s pretty easy to see that other companies may have to get on-board or risk getting left ashore as the tablet boat sails.