Google just conjured up its platonic ideal of an Android tablet: killer specs, the most pristine possible software and a $249/$299 price in Australia. Will 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 1GB of RAM with two different storage variants: 8GB and 16GB. That’s a damn good level of muscle behind a 7-inch, 1280×800 screen, measuring 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm.
Google is gunning for Amazon Prime too, now that Google Play offers pretty much every medium short of signal flare. This is how many are going to be persuaded (or not) to buy a Nexus over a fire — not crazy specs and wobbly tablet gaming. Watch and listen to whatever you want — that’s the draw. Magazines, books and TV shows all admittedly look great in Google’s demo — it’s done a terrific job with the interface — but so far, Google Play doesn’t provide the unlimited pipe of AmazongPrime. Maybe the beefy guts inside will make up for that.
How much of this wil filter through to Australia is yet to be seen. We’ll let you know as soon we get those details. [Google]