The very real threat of Hurricane Sandy is affecting more than just the morning commute of east coast residents today. At 10:00am EST, Google was supposed to unveil its new Nexus 7 and 10 Android tablets, plus the rumored Nexus 4 cellular phone. These plans changed when a 100-year storm formed off the coast of New York City, the scheduled location of the event, thus raining on Google’s parade. NOAA predicts that over 60 million people will be affected by Hurricane Sandy, especially those in low-lying coastal regions—like New York City. You can see the dilemma. Bloggers who were being flown in for the even had their flights canceled, and ground transportation for reporters and event staff has become impossible. Looks like we will have to wait a few days. Images, schematics, or advertisements of the new devices have already been leaked, so if you must feed your Nexus appetite today, there are plenty of bloggers posting about it.
With this slight delay and turn of events, I thought I would release my own public service announcement: SELL YOUR OLD NEXUS 7.
And when I say old, I mean the Nexus 7 you just bought on July 14, 2012 at $199 for the 8GB version or $249 for the 16GB version. In order to compete with Amazon’s “8GB is dead on arrival” policy for their new $199 16GB Kindle Fire HD, Google will be dropping the prices of their Nexus 7 line. They will be offering a 32GB model for $249 (the previous cost for 16GB) and a 16GB model for $199 (the previous cost for 8GB). The 8GB Nexus 7 is rumored to drop to an astounding $99 price-point as well, thus totally devaluing whatever Nexus 7 you currently own. Progress is progress, but losing so much money so soon seems a bit unfair. That is why my 8GB Nexus 7 was promptly listed on eBay last week—with keyboard case, OTG cable, and neoprene sleeve—and sold for $220 at auction. Luckily, I recouped my investment before used Nexus 7 values plummet. I highly suggest you try to do the same.
UPDATE: The new Google devices have been announced on their blog.
Image source: NOAA National Hurricane Center/Reuters