Google has just made two major changes to its Play store – it has released the new 2013 Nexus 7 to the UK and slashed prices on the Nexus 4.
The new 2013 Nexus 7 has a significant spec bump on the original version with a faster CPU, more memory and a significantly improved screen. It has been available in the US for around a month and despite a couple of software issues (since patched) has been well reviewed with the Verge saying:
the (2013) Nexus 7 is a better tablet than the iPad mini. It’s so comfortable in one hand, the screen is incredible, and its performance is virtually flawless. Android itself has even developed into a great tablet operating system, in many ways better than iOS.
My new default answer to “What tablet should I buy?”
Unfortunately when the specs were bumped in the Nexus 7 they also increased the price. The 16gb model is £199 and the 32gb is £239 – a £40 increase over previous prices. Also unfortunately the 3g cellular model is no longer available and although the US has been promised a LTE (4g) version this is unlikely to ever come to the UK as they use different frequencies. The 2012 Nexus 7 has been withdrawn. The 2013 Nexus 7 is still the best 7 inch tablet you can buy, but just not quite as good value as it once was.
The Nexus 4 is coming up to a year since its initial announcement but is still near front line in terms of its specs. It has always been a lower cost device and with these price cuts to £159 ( almost £80 cheaper!) for the 8gb version and £199 for the 16gb version it is now certainly the cheapest long term way to get a decent smart phone. We reviewed the Nexus 4 here and called it “The Nexus 4 is the best budget Android phone available”. Why Google has chosen to decrease prices so much is less clear, but the most likely option seems to be that the Nexus 4’s replacement is nearing launch and they want to start to clear out the older stock.