With the introduction of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player came great joy. But we’ve also suffered a big loss in the wake of the good news. Take a look at the new Google Nexus page, and you’ll notice that our favorite tablet is gone. The Nexus 7 has finally been retired.
But the Nexus 7 wasn’t just a tablet. It changed the tablet game, threw it on its head. It was launched when small tablets weren’t selling and only $500 10-inch tablets were popular. And with a price tag of a measly $199, it was a revolution. This is the first cheap tablet that wasn’t terrible. Hell, it was great!
The next year, the successor was released. The 2013 version of the Nexus 7 was a big upgrade, with an awesome new screen and some serious internals. The price was still low at $229, but its impact had long been felt. The entire tablet market was now focused on the smaller tablets, and cheap tablets that didn’t make huge sacrifices to achieve a low price were abundant. Even Apple made a smaller tablet as a result.
The Nexus 7 2013 had been out for over a year, and it’s been out of stock for a while now. We knew the end was near. The device still has a page on the Play Store, but it may disappear at any time. The Nexus 5, an older device, gets its own section on the new Nexus page, so we know it isn’t just dedicated to the new models.
We’re sad to see the Nexus 7 leave, as it has been a fantastic tablet through the two generations we got to experience. Plus, the price point was just right. We now have the more expensive Nexus 9, and the large Nexus 6 smartphone, and the market has a ton of good tablets if you need one for cheap. What do you think of the world’s best Android tablet being discontinued?