Google and HTC’s hot new Nexus 9 is a must-buy for tablet power users this holiday season, no question about it. But for those unable to afford it, it sure would have been nice if Big G kept the OG Nexus 7 2013 around.
Fortunately, [easyazon-link asin=”B00DVFLJKQ” locale=”us”]Amazon stocked enough[/easyazon-link] inexpensive, vanilla Android-running 7 inchers to last it all this time. And we have no reason to believe the retailer will stop selling the quad-core little guy anytime soon.
Even better, Groupon lets you have one at $149.99, which is 50 bucks off Amazon’s charge. Not exactly the biggest discount in history, but really, buying the second-generation N7 for a penny less would be almost like stealing it.
Yes, it’s that cool, despite its advanced age. It’s based on clean Android 5.0 Lollipop, and sports one of the highest-resolution screens around. A 1,920 x 1,200 LED-backlit IPS LCD unit with 323 ppi pixel density. That’s a lot of pixels per inch, even by late 2014 standards.
Performance in everything from gaming to web browsing to multimedia shouldn’t be an issue either, thanks to an always young Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2 generous gigs of RAM. Last but not least, the 3,950 mAh battery is spacious enough to hold a charge for eight, maybe nine hours.
What’s Groupon’s catch then? We can’t see one, since their 2013 Nexus 7 on sale is clearly listed as brand-new, with a full one-year warranty and 16 GB storage. Incredibly enough, the offer is time-limited, but set to go on an extra ten days. As long as quantities last, of course, which is a stretch, given over 5,000 units have been allegedly ordered to date.