Google just conjured up its platonic ideal of an Android tablet: killer specs, the most pristine possible software, and a £160 price. Wil this be the Android tablet that finally makes Android tablets exciting? Is Amazon going to lose?
The Nexus, a slim, trim piece of gear packed with the latest Jelly Bean release of Android, falls mostly in line with what we were expecting: built by Asus, the Nexus holds a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, NFC, and 1 GB of RAM, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera — all with two different storage variants: 8 GB and 16 GB. That's a damn good level of muscle behind a 7-inch, 1280x800 screen.
It's also clear from the price — £160 for the 8 GB model and £200 for 16GB — that this thing is aiming squarely to extinguish the Kindle Fire. So far, it's the only tablet that isn't an iPad that's managed to make large groups of people care in the real world, owing, yes, largely to the fact that it's cheap. If Google can manage to not only sell a cheap Android tablet, but an Android tablet that doesn't scare off moms and non-geeks, the Nexus hit the ground with serious momentum — it's sure as hell kicking the Fire's arse in about every other category.
What it's lacking, however? Amazon Prime, and all the super myriad goodies that come with that in the US. We'll see if Google can give you as compelling a list of things to do on your tablet as Amazon has. Let's just hope, like the Kindle Fire, it makes it across the pond to Britain too. [Google]
Updated: Google has announced the Nexus 7 will be available at the same time as the US receives it, with pre-orders being taken today, and shipping in July.