Google Nexus 7: The Best-Selling Android Tablet Ever, Claims UK Retailer
By now, it’s an oft-repeated refrain that Google’s Nexus 7 is one of the most attractive Android-based tablets that have ever hit store shelves. Now, United Kingdom-based retailer Carphone Warehouse has confirmed this trend, saying that the Asus-manufactured tablet is the single best-selling Android-powered tablet that it has ever offered.
The Nexus 7’s actual performance against Apple’s iPads may not quite be as impressive, but Carphone Warehouse’s claims underscore the inherent attractiveness of the device’s budget price point. The lowest-end model costs $199 in the United States and £159 in the United Kingdom, which falls far below the asking price of many of its competitors from either side of the iOS/Android divide.
Intriguingly, the retailer pointed out that 59 percent of all the tablets it has sold are either “connected or tethered,” underscoring the inherent attractiveness of these internet-connected devices. Unfortunately, it didn’t release specific sales figures.
The Google Nexus 7 was launched apparently to directly compete at the $199 price point currently occupied by Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. The original Kindle Fire was something of a revelation, since it took American consumers by storm when it was released late last year, and proved the viability of cheaper tablets with screens in the 7-inch range.
Still, Apple’s rumored introduction of a 7.85-inch iPad Mini could still shake up the budget tablet market. This device probably wouldn’t be sold at the same bargain-basement prices of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, but it may be cheap enough to entice potential buyers of the higher-end variants of these tablets.