$199 Google Nexus 7 tablet has only 5.92GB of free memory and no micro SD card slot

$199 Google Nexus 7 tablet has only 5.92GB of free memory and no micro SD card slot
The most eye-popping thing about the Google Nexus 7 tablet is without a doubt its price - Google and Asus really undercut the competition with the $199 starting price for the 8GB version of the Nexus 7 tablet, but one thing we’d want to point your attention to is that with it you end up with a dangerous combination of very little internal storage and no microSD card option for expanding it in anyway.

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.

Interestingly, Google has opted to repeatedly cut on the microSD card option, obviously trying to tie us deeper with its cloud ecosystem which - truth be told - wasn’t completely ready. Now, however, Andy Rubin himself admits that Google has a much more mature cloud storage system.

But with no cellular connectivity option for the Nexus 7, you can access that cloud data only when there’s Wi-Fi available. 

That expandable storage would have been more than welcome, but if you’re ready to make do with its absence. it seems that the 16GB Nexus 7 for $250 will be your only choice.

source: Brian Klug 

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56 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

WTF? NO!!!!!!! F*** you google,cant you give us a micro sd slot at least?

9. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

It's $199 bro.

18. iShepherd

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 17, 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: Dec 23, 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: 454; Member since: Jul 15, 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: May 19, 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: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And that the way how they force use Cloud...

39. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 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: May 16, 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!

3. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Me too but the 16gb version.

5. Santi_Santi unregistered

5Gb, 8Gb, 16Gb, doesnt matter, im getting it

23. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31100; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPad has 64 gigs

7. rockvw62

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

For $699.99 aka pocket change

12. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

iPad is an iPad. I'll take an Android tablet with 5GB of space over an iPad with 500GB.

49. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 1225; Member since: May 03, 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: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 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: Oct 07, 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: Jun 28, 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: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Why do u guys store entire hard disk on your tablet? 5GB is a LOT

15. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 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: 454; Member since: Jul 15, 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: Feb 03, 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

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