At the Google I/O Conference it was announced that Google would be releasing their Nexus 7 Tablet (made by ASUS) this month. Going for a price of $199 US (8 GB storage) which is the same as the Amazon Kindle Fire, it would certainly be a big competitor to Amazon’s tablet. Both are roughly the same size with a 7″ screen, however, the Nexus 7 has updated hardware, quad core processor, higher resolution screen, and will run the latest revision of the Android OS (code name, “Jelly Bean”).
I noticed that the store called Gamestop will be selling the Nexus 7 tablet later this month, and you can pre-order this tablet either online at http://www.gamestop.com or in-person at their local brick store. One interesting offer by Gamestop, is that you can trade in specific electronic or gaming hardware for credit towards the purchase of a Nexus 7 tablet. And during the pre-order period, Gamestop will also give you an extra 30% on top of the value of your trade in hardware if you use it towards the purchase of the Nexus 7 tablet.
The specs on the Nexus 7 definitely beats out my current Kindle Fire (which I’ve rooted and installed a custom Android ROM), so I decided to look around my home office to see if I could trade in something to offset the purchase of the new Google tablet. As it turns out, I do have an Apple iPod Touch (64 GB) that I rarely use since purchasing my Kindle Fire last year. I also have a Blackberry Playbook Tablet that I received for free from RIM during a developer’s promotion. So I headed down to Gamestop to see what kind of deal I could make.
It seems Gamestop was not interested in my Playbook Android tablet at all, but they did have an eye on my Apple iPod Touch. In fact, my iPod Touch fetched a price of $203 US and with the extras 30% promotion the price rose to $265. I was amazed at the value of my little iPod Touch, but I guess Apple products really hold their value (worth their weight in gold!). Since Gamestop only sells the 16 GB version of the Nexus 7, the cost was $250 which was completely covered by my iPod Touch trade in (with extra to boot). So I made the deal and am waiting for my Nexus 7 tablet to ship later in August (in the 2nd wave of tablets for Gamestop).
The whole deal was really quick and painless, and Gamestop gave me the going rate for used iPod Touches (based on my research at ebay.com). So I’m very pleased with the transaction as it allows me to get the latest Google Tablet at no extra expense to me! If you’re in the market for a 7″ Android tablet, I highly suggest you go the same route I did at Gamestop. Now, I traded in an iPod, but you could certainly trade in an unused Nintendo Wii console, XBox, iPhone, iPad, or Sony game station.