It didn’t take a rocket scientist to predict the 2012 and 2013 versions of Asus and Google’s Nexus 7 tablets were going be the focus of a stack of Black Friday and Cyber Monday special deals. After all, one is possibly the hottest, most technically impressive cheap 7-incher around and the other the textbook definition of oldie but goldie.
What’s intriguing is no one seems willing to wait until Black Friday to kick the promos into gear and so the second-gen Nexus 7 can be scored on the cheap through Amazon, Best Buy, eBay and Google Play, whereas the first-gen is up for grabs on Groupon for a truly unbeatable price.
First things first, where should you buy the 2013 model? That’s a tough one, as Big G’s Play Store tends to be the most popular choice and now each purchase comes with free shipping and a complimentary $25 gift card.
The credit can be used for any and all kinds of app acquisitions on Google Play, being valid all the way until 2015. The thing is the actual tab continues to cost $230, so ultimately you may be better off shopping elsewhere.
As for last year’s big kahuna, there’s no doubt about it and no beating it around the bush. If you want it and Groupon’s limited quantities hold steady, the deal expert is by far the best way to go. I mean, $120 for the 16 GB-er and $150 for the N7 2012 packing 32 GB storage? That’s practically free. Okay, maybe not exactly, but you get the point.