$199 Google Nexus 7 tablet has only 5.92GB of free memory and no micro SD card slot
It’s not even 8GB that you have at your disposal - system files take up a good quarter of that, so you’re left with only 5.92GB of free space for all your apps, games, music and movies, and for many this might be a dealbreaker.
But with no cellular connectivity option for the Nexus 7, you can access that cloud data only when there’s Wi-Fi available.
source: Brian Klug
1. mercorp (Posts: 972; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
F*** you google,cant you give us a micro sd slot at least?
18. iShepherd (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
The microSD slot is only a few bucks to add in, up the price a little or something.
Lot of problems with limited space without microSD. Apps are getting bigger. Some of the $5 games are breaking a gig each. You can't stream that sh**.
Second, Wi-fi is widely available but it's also terribly unreliable. I've been to cafes where it's so slow my e-mail wouldn't even load.
Third, even my wired broadband is capped now, at 150 GB. I have a 50gb Box account and a 30gb dropbox one, combined that's more than half my cap. I can't touch those even though I don't actually use much data it's that ATT can't for the sake of their lives meter it properly.
Fourth, even if my data was uncapped my upload is slow as hell. My Verizon 3g connection has a faster upload lol. But that's capped too as well.
This tablet might be good non-gaming hardcore techies. The casual crowd would be more familiar with the Fire and anyone who wants to install more than 2 or 3 games or actually leave the house will look elsewhere.
29. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Wow. 199.00 is a great price, but without the micro SD slot, my Nook 16GB has it beat, since you can add up to a 32 GB card and run it on Cyanogenmod. What were they thinking?
20. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
And Sammy can get an SD card onto a similar tablet and still keep it under $250. Hell, even the Nook Color comes up with something similar with an SD.
Who knows what KF2 will have.
16. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Dont worry..jusr root your device and clean up the bloatware...
Me too will do the same after buying 16gig version..
24. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
For the price you can't have any complaints about 8 or 16 gb memory. Also its well probable that somebody will release a usb/micro sd card adapter to plug into the device to boost memory if needed much like the one Samsung released for the galaxy tab 10.1 which had no card slot
27. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Im happy that they at least annouced cloud storage. I knew it would have it, but I would be super pist if the article didnt mention it because theres storage "in the web".
36. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
And that the way how they force use Cloud...
39. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Looks like i will have to take the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 cuz that thing does not lack any features at all, Yes, it is not the most powerful but it isn't inferior even. And it has the Micro SD card slot, camera and has all the cellular data features and is just a 50 bucks more, i hope you can afford that much for a god tablet
50 bucks more would get anyone a Rear Camera, a card slot, cellular Data (both 2G and 3G) and much more..!!
50. hc3000 (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 May 2012)
IDGAF about micro SD..the price is GREAT & you can always use cloud for more space DUHHH
2. Santi_Santi (unregistered)
doesnt matter, im gettin it!
5. Santi_Santi (unregistered)
5Gb, 8Gb, 16Gb, doesnt matter, im getting it
23. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Yes most people will be the same,they will use dropbox etc. At that price there is no argument only fans will mock the memory,even the 16gb version is very affordable. Ifans can have their 64gb memory and pay apple 3-4 times the amount of the nexus 7 for the 'privilege'. Don't get me wrong if the nexus tab was much dearer id expect more memory but lets face it,it a budget price and high spec
4. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1007; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
that is a downfall, but not a #FAIL because theres enough space to have alot of apps on it. id rather have the 16Gb version to avoid that issue
12. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
iPad is an iPad.
I'll take an Android tablet with 5GB of space over an iPad with 500GB.
49. downphoenix (Posts: 2358; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Really? 500GB is a lot. That Ipad would be a great pad for putting movies onto and connecting to the TV for a personal movie collection with that much memory.
19. Santi_Santi (unregistered)
for the price of 3 of these, one for my wife, one for my son and one for the another one. and im fine with my XOOM
8. bubbadoes (Posts: 340; Member since: 03 May 2012)
DOA. Cutting corners. No rear camera. No sd. Yeah its only competing with kindle fire. The Samsung 7 inch is better.
11. cybervlad81 (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)
I have never seen a real need for a rear camera on my tablets. The hardware that counts was not cut here though, and in my opinion, it is well the $199 price tag, I have already ordered two,
13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and I can tell you this definitely competes with that.
Obviously my tablet is a year old but I can count on one hand how many times I have used the rear camera and I have absolutely never felt a need for an SD card.
25. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Bubba does : Samsung fanboy
32. Dekzter (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I only use 2-3 GB of hard drive space on my 10.1, and the only thing I've ever used the camera for is the odd occasion where I want to take a picture OF my cell phone.
10. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
Why do u guys store entire hard disk on your tablet? 5GB is a LOT
15. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
well some people put movies on their tablet for offline viewing...
they don't want to buy movies from google, well they get their own movie files and those take up space
17. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Yes, and tell me how well cloud storage is going to work when I'm on an international flight with no WiFI connection. Or if there is one, it's unusuable for anything but basic web usage since everyone on board is competing for a small pipe (think 3G on your cell shared by the ENTIRE plane). Just try GoGo wireless on your next flight and see what I mean.
I don't want to store my entire hard drive on my tablet. BUT ... I want to store more than just a few things on it too once I get my apps loaded.
Would it really have been that hard to add an SD slot and charge a few extra bucks for it? Google would have had a very competitive tablet with Sammy at 250 for 8GB AND an SD slot. MIght have even been good at $225.
I don't understand Google's hard on for the cloud and no SD. Given that carriers are trying to screw everyone for bandwidth, I don't want to waste it getting stuff to/from my phone when I'm out and about.
14. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
duh its so cheap because the concept is to store everything in the cloud. All of the music, movies, books, whatever that they sell that they are planning on YOU buying in order to subsidize the low cost of the tablet
21. Santi_Santi (unregistered)
I have an iPod V gen 8Gb and now still unable to use all of it. please dont blame the iPod...
22. amish1512 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
now fandroid try to compromise their choice with 5.92 gig of space even if they r the who was telling that oh we have expendable memory slot we can buy 8gig phone or tablet without paying lot money and use memory card for more space....lol OK guys but u have to accept that was sucks for android....even it doesnt have cellular connectivity so u only have to enjoy on wifi plus no camera really SUCKS!!! but anyway guys next version would be better
38. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
I'm with you on the fact that no micro sd sucks. But, no one cares about a rear camera on a tablet. People who use their tablet as a camera get laughed at like people who talk to Siri in public.
30. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
ill pass. id like the option to have a way to put more memory in it.
48. sprockkets (Posts: 1243; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Whoops, downrated you, according to anandtech no, USB host for a flash drive won't work, but other stuff will.
33. anshul0000 (unregistered)
who cares? u can always get a usb host...
34. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I just got a 32GB microSD card on AMAZON for about 20.00 - class 4.
I need this because my 16GB version keeps getting full.
I am sure there will be a way to use a microSD card with this tablet. Maybe I should just start using my Box 50GB account a little more.
35. robocopvn (Posts: 189; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)
the worst fact about Nexus 7 is the storage, with 5.92GB you cannot do many things like the Nexus 7 has been marketed: HD Gaming (some good HD games take over 1GB of Data), HD movie (epic fail), musics, documents, pictures, apps lolz :D
Even the 16gb is not enough :(
37. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
lol that's god awful... I'm happy with my Transformer Pad 300. I don't know how some of the google lovers want 64gigs on their little cell phone, but are content with essentially no space on a tablet. Isn't that where you want to do all your multimedia viewing? What's the point otherwise, just a web browser and some Angry Birds?
40. tverma83 (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
had a basic question..nexus 7 doesn't offer any expandable memory..what cost does it require to offer such functionality..i mean would be gr8 to have an expandable slot inbuilt n the customer can plug in d memory card..am sure it must have a cost angle behind the tradeoff so wanted to understand what is it?
41. Jay2ice (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
I need every f**king specs on my device not minding if I use it once in a year or not. At least for that once I feel the need to use it, I'd feel short-changed if I can't. And those who keeps claiming it's alright, you don't need back camera, you don't need microSD card slot, or this and that are just fan boys trying to defend their OS. How come you get excited when it's included in the next version. Then you'd go "Oh, it's cool! better specs than the previous" Pls spare me your hypocrisy.
42. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
16GB version? Don't you mean the 13.92GB version. I'm still interested... but, I think I'll wait to see what else is coming out. I guess they really did only intend this to be a Kindle Fire competitor.
Maybe an Asus Jelly Bean Transformer or an MS Surface would better suit my needs/wants.
43. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
Has anyone here heard of a usb host mode? for f*ck sake if you need the space buy an external hdd and carry around a TB of data. The point is this is a cheap tablet with great specs, if you need something extra be creative or buy a f?cking Itampon...
44. Digikatt (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
I started to pre-order one and was looking at the specs. I didn't see anything about a micro sd support so I googled it. I won't be ordering one now. I'm really disappointed though.
What's the next best thing? I want a tablet but I don't want a contract with it.
45. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
I dont think theres anything with specs close tho the nex and the price too...
46. buggerrer (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
Riiiiight... the Nexus 7 is a direct competitor to the Kindle Fire, which has exactly the same storage restrictions (mine shows 5.72GB free after a factory reset, and there is no SD card) yet somehow magically sold around a million units each week last quarter despite that being, apparently, a "dealbreaker".
The Nexus adds a quad-core CPU, 12-core GPU, an uncrippled and up-to-date version of Android, and a front camera for skyping, and is an open-spec reference design (which almost guarantees that someone will post a "how to add an SD card to your Nexus 7" tutorial within weeks), all without raising the price... but somehow that adds up to "a dangerous combination ", making the Nexus 7 "DOA".
I hate this planet.
47. swami (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
How does one transfer personal music or movie collection onto the Nexus 7? The usb connector?
51. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
lol i wonder wot kind of stuff you can put on 6gb these days..
52. vishalsrivastava (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
On the 8GB tablet, approximately how much memory will be available for installation of APPS?
53. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I guess I'm gonna have to uninstall a game after I beat it.
All my other games goin' to my phone..
55. sutharsanravi (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
What a waste of time!!! I will stick to my current Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 which is working perfect for me. It has a microSD slot that can take upto 32gb of space, and also getting extra 32gb microSD cards cost less than $20 each.... I can have 160gb of space on my tablet for $100 more.
56. fuzzy69 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
I think the micro sdcard slot already has a solution on the nexus 7 using a micro usb to usb on the go cable, rooting the device (theres a one click root app around) and installing a memory stick mounting app from google play which should work for all usb storage including hard drives i guess there will be someone who finds a way to mount it in the correct directory so apps can be moved.