Google may be having trouble getting the Nexus 6 smartphone off the ground, but whatever’s plaguing the little guy’s availability has nothing to do with the handheld’s big brother. The N9 has become available right on schedule via Big G’s Play Store, and can be currently purchased from Best Buy as well.
Shipping times are listed at 1-2 days at the time of this writing on Google Play, while BB isn’t yet in a position to fulfill online orders and deliver the Nexus 9 to your homes. Instead, you’ll have to visit one of the retailer’s numerous brick and mortar stores.
Beforehand, it’s probably wise to book a unit online, although at the moment, demand doesn’t seem to exceed production. What’s weird is [easyazon-link asin=”B00M6UC5B4″ locale=”us”]Amazon continues to have the N9[/easyazon-link]as “temporarily out of stock”, with no words on ETAs. Just a vague “order now and we’ll deliver when available” notice.
On British shores, things are even bleaker on the third-party retailer front, with the local Amazon saying the HTC-made 8.9 incher “will be released on December 15, 2014”. But in the UK, like stateside, Google Play has plenty of inventory to go around.
It’s sure odd to see such smooth sailing as far as N9’s launch is concerned, and great difficulties to get the N6 ball rolling. But the stark contrast can be explained in one of two ways. Either everybody wants the Nexus 6 and nobody cares very much about the 9, or there’s something terribly wrong with the former’s mass-production.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, no, the LTE-enabled Nexus 9 isn’t up for grabs yet. The Wi-Fi-only variants can be picked up at $399 with 16 GB internal storage, or $479 in a 32 GB configuration. Happy shopping and be sure to save a few bucks for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and all.