I wanted to get this out ahead of Google’s big event next week. It’s during this event that we expect Google to either discontinue or reduce the price of the 16GB Nexus 7. It has already been proven that 32GB Nexus 7 models will be widely available soon. It also appears that the 8GB Nexus 7 will be laid to rest. Early adopters of these models may feel a little burned by this, but it’s not as bad as it seems.
Much like GadgeTell editor-in-chief Robert Nelson said earlier this week about 4th gen iPad, I believe the “old” Nexus 7 models are just as useful as ever. Google most likely won’t change much about the new Wi-Fi model besides a bump in storage capacity. It’s not like Google has much of a choice either. Back in June, $199 for a 8GB Nexus 7 was perfectly reasonable. We all thought the storage was limiting, but that price couldn’t be beat. But now, we’ve seen Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple raise the minimum storage bar to 16GB. Google has to keep up with the competition and unfortunately, us early adopters have to take the short end of the stick. It’s a bummer for sure, but as long as Google keeps supporting all of its Nexus 7 models with updates, everything will be fine.
Maybe that’s not good enough for you. Maybe you just can’t stand the thought of paying $199 for an 8GB device when you could have waited a few months and got double the storage for the same price. I feel your pain, but you do have options. I’ve sang the praises of the Kingston Wi-Drive a few times on GadgeTell as a great way to store and stream content to your Nexus 7. If you want to save even more money, there is a fantastic app in Google Play called Nexus Media Importer that lets you stream movies, music and photos to your Nexus 7 from a USB storage device. You don’t even need to be rooted. All you need is a $5 USB OTG cable and the app itself which sells for $2.99. You may not be able to save apps to the flash drive, but you’ll have as much space as you need for multimedia content.
Don’t regret your Nexus 7 purchase. It is still the best darn Android tablet ever released.