Buyers Head To eBay For 16GB Google Nexus 7 Tablet
July 24, 2012

Buyers Head To eBay For 16GB Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Derek Walter for - Your Universe Online

Google´s first branded tablet is lighting up online auctions. The sudden unavailability of the 16GB model of the Nexus 7 tablet has it going for over $300 or more on sites such as eBay.

The Guardian cites “sources close to Google” as saying that the company underestimated the demand for the 16GB version. This model, which costs $249, has the most storage available. An 8GB version, which is still available, costs $199.

Those who head to the Google Play store will find a sign-up form on the product page to be notified when it is available.

The low cost and excellent reviews may be fueling the high demand for the device. The average user rating on GameStop is 9.1, with most reviewers praising the Nexus 7 for its study performance and excellent software.

One criticism that many have had is the lack of upgradeable storage. Android offers native support for expanding device storage through external media, which is a popular feature in many Android-powered phones.

Both models of the Nexus 7 have a seven-inch screen with a 1280x800 back-lit display. It has a front-facing 1.2 MP camera. The device runs Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android.

Google unveiled the Nexus 7 at its Google I/O developer conference in June. After giving away a device to all attendees at the conference it went for sale at Google´s online storefront, Google Play. It also sells at GameStop and other gadget-themed stores, though all list it as being backordered.

The popularity of the Nexus 7 has fueled rumors that Apple may be launching a seven-inch or similar sized tablet of its own to compete with the Nexus and Kindle Fire. All versions of the iPad have a 9.7 inch screen.