Google Nexus Q gets torn down, expensive because it's made in the USA

Google Nexus Q gets torn down, expensive because it's made in the USA
The Google Nexus Q media streamer is a gorgeous black gleaming ball that will fit perfectly every home, but one thing that won’t fit you so much is the price Google is asking for it. The Nexus Q will cost $300 and at least partly, that big price is so high because of the “Designed and manufactured in the USA” approach the search company took.

We can’t remember the last time, we’ve seen a mass device manufactured in the USA, and interestingly a recent report suggests that the company that manufactured the Q is 15 minutes away from Google’s head offices in California, but is the higher price a tradeoff customers will be happy about?

We don’t know the answer, nor do we know what the price would have been had the Nexus Q manufacturing been outsourced to say China. One thing that we like about this experiment though is that Google is willing to try.

“We’ve been absent for so long, we decided, ‘Why don’t we try it and see what happens?’” Android head Andy Rubin said.

The benefits of local manufacturing have started to match the cheaper but far away labor in Asia. Real-time collaboration plays a key role and so do the rising prices in China and growing transportation expenses. The components however are mostly in Asia and this is proving to be the biggest challenge for US-based manufacturing.

Quite honestly, if it wasn’t for the hefty price we’d absolutely love the Nexus Q - it’s beautifully designed and packs a TI OMAP 4460 chip, the very same that powers the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Luckily, the folks at Google (via Wired) have already torn down the Q and you can take a look at its beautiful internals in the slideshow below.

source: New York Times, Wired

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39 Comments

1. ghostkilla1388

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

made in usa! worth money imo ill get one when price comes down.

27. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

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30. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Apple should take notes

2. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Worth it. Personally I think it should be $150-200 but i'll pay more if it's made here. Good work :)

3. maxkobi

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

sadly im just a poor college kid. i could pick this up at 150 but cant do more =/ hope it comes down a little!

10. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Google should make a budget nexus Q

34. ghostkilla1388

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

wait until black friday, im probably getting a 16gb nexus 7 tab and this if the price is right.

4. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Much better than other US iProducts that made in China.

6. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

smh....

29. KissyQueeny

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

oh give me a break... as if Apple's products were the only ones manufactured in China. I guess it's comforting for fandroids to blame it all on Apple, like when Apple was the only one using Foxconn's services...

31. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

What other American companies with the success level of apple are you speaking of? I'm just not aware of any

39. KissyQueeny

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Who said I am obligated to speak about American companies? I'm speaking about various companies worshiped by the fandroid community. Whether they're American or not plays no role in this case, although there might be those involved as well.

35. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

mu points exactly

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

i meant my point exactly sorry bout that

5. tlsmithsr

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

Pretty cool product. The price is a little to much for something that I won't use on a daily bases. Maybe when the price drops hopefully it does for the holidays I doubt it though

7. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Awesome. Personally, I believe a tariff of 20% should be established for all electronics made outside the country. You would see a huge surge of phones and all types of electronics made in the good old USA. Can you say jobs??? Kudos to you, Google. Way to go in leading the way...again.

12. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you have no clue...lol PA slaps an article that says Google made Nexus Q in US and you instantly talk about google leading the way hahaha...

14. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I seriously doubt you would see a huge surge. The cost savings and benefits to companies right now are a lot more than 20%. We outsource a few products to Malaysia, China, and Taiwan right now and the savings for those particular products are damn near 50% for labor and other overhead costs.

8. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

America! F* YEAH!!! lol

9. thelegend6657 unregistered

Man screw it . Why made it in the USA ? Salary of the workers in high in America and you can't force them to be more productive cause they have strict laws . I prefer it to be made in south east Asia

11. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

You are exactly what is wrong with the system.

13. alecgale

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

You can burn in hell then

25. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Sure... after I squeeze your head till your eyes pop out...lol!!!

28. alecgale

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

I meant thelegend6657 not you

32. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I retract my comment, then. Sorry.

15. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yes lets implement slave labor everywhere so you can save a buck. f**king cheapass...

24. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

everything on SEA is cheap if u come from US or Europe specially in Indonesia, u can live and eat well only $150/month

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

cause we don't want to see any more chinese labor. with those people suicide them selves making over iproducts over seas. and Google is taking risk to manufacture their stuff here in the heartland. plus CHINESE MATERIAL isn't always good as our own U.S. goods

16. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 2012

What do you guys think the price would be if it was made overseas?

17. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

199.95?

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