You can now get the Asus Google Nexus 7 tablet from Argos’ eBay outlet for a mere £149.99 plus £3.95 postage and delivery (blame the recent Royal mail rises for that) and 150 Nectar points. This is a manufacturer-refurbished model which has been professionally restored and carries a full one-year warranty.
The Google Nexus 7, which we reviewed here, is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz. It has 1GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 7in 1,280 x 800 pixel IPS display, a front facing 1.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a thickness of only 10mm.
The tablet is not without criticisms as it doesn’t include a rear camera, an HDMI port or a microSD card slot. Still 32GB should prove more than enough for most users. The arrival of the Google Nexus 7 last year proved to be a turning point for the tablets with a 7in diagonal.
It caused the likes of Samsung and Acer to review their strategy at the lower end and either quit or fight. More importantly perhaps, it “encouraged” Apple to release the iPad Mini, which is a direct competitor to the Google nexus 7 and has almost the same features as the Apple iPad 2, but in a smaller package.