Google’s November refresh of Nexus devices did not go smoothly: the most attractive of new devices, Nexus 4 has been out of stock most of the time since its launch. Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 were also out of stock for extended periods of time. Nexus 4 stock issues even prompted a n4checker site which was set up to monitor Nexus devices availability.
It looks like the stock situation has been resolved at least for now. All Nexus variants have been in stock at Play Store since January 29 and what is even more important, are still in stock today.
This is great news since I believe Nexus devices with stock Android are the best way to experience Android. Nexus devices ship with the latest Android 4.2 version (Jelly Bean) and provide a superior software quality over competing offerings. All available Nexus variants are listed below:
- ASUS Nexus 7 16GB: $199
- ASUS Nexus 7 32GB: $249
- ASUS Nexus 7 32GB HSPA+ AT&T: $299
- ASUS Nexus 7 32GB HSPA+ T-mobile: $299
From this lineup, two devices stand out: Nexus 4 loos like a great upgrade from Galaxy Nexus. Compared to Galaxy Nexus, it has a higher display and build quality and $349 for a 16 GB unlocked phone is an incredible price. Nexus 4 also supports wireless charging with charger available for $59.
Nexus 7 has the perfect tablet form factor out there. Not too small, not too large – just right to be comfortable for use with one hand. Tim Bray declares Nexus 7 to be his favorite Android device ever and I agree with him:
Way back in August of last year, I tweeted “Would totally pay ~$300 for a Nexus 7 with telephony & cellular data.” So I did; with my own money I mean. You will be unsurprised to learn that it’s my favorite Android device ever.
It’s also worth noting that current Google’s approach seems to be to keep expectations about shipping dates low and overdeliver. In my case, Nexus 4 has arrived less than 48 hours after the order was placed, even though the Play Store description said “ships in 1-2 weeks” at a time of order.