The upcoming Google Nexus 7 tablet is now available for pre-order at Best Buy and another retailer known as Future Shop.
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The device is listed at $259.99 for the 16GB version at Best Buy with a link to the retailer's price match guarantee underneath it.
Various tech publications such as 9to5 Google and CNET have had the opportunity to spend some time with the Google Nexus 7 and did not have too many bad things to say about it. In fact, 9to5 Google believes strongly in its potential.
"Make no mistake; Nexus 7 is a game changer. Google has hit it out of the park this time," said the site in its review of the tablet. "I have no doubt that Google's first Nexus Tablet will be the best-selling 7-inch tablet this summer and might actually give the iPad a run for its money if marketed well and in enough places."
CNET was slightly less enthused after reviewing the Nexus 7, but still had some positive feedback.
"The Nexus 7's quad-core Tegra 3 processor delivers fast performance and a beautiful responsive screen," said CNET in its review. "Also, it's comfortable to hold and Android 4.1 brings a surplus of welcome additions. At only $200, the Nexus 7 is a steal."
CNET's main complaints were the device's lack of built-in expandable storage and uninventive exterior design. The expected HDMI output being absent was also a letdown for the publication.
Both sites enjoyed the new Android 4.1, JellyBean software and 9to5 Google called it the "highlight" of the Nexus 7. The writer even states that Google has made a statement with the Nexus 7, saying that hardware companies not willing to update their device to JellyBean "will do so at their own peril."
Android 4.1 blows Android 2.3, Gingerbread out of the water- that's currently the version present on most HTC, Samsung and LG smartphones and tablets.