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The initial draft of this editorial went off on what was, frankly, a pretty stupid rant about piracy or something. I don't know - I wrote half of it at 1AM and upon receiving commentary from readers and colleagues, it was pretty clear this needed to be revised and heavily edited. So that's what I've done. Enjoy - and know that I always read and consider everyone's feedback, even when I disagree with it.

Over the last week, I've read seemingly countless complaints about the lack of local storage on the Nexus 7. "Why isn't there a 32GB version?" "Why isn't the 16GB version cheaper? It only costs them $10 more to make." "An SD card slot would have been easy to put in." The list goes on, and the complaints seem rooted in a belief that a cavernous local storage capacity is a necessity, not a luxury, for most users.

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Well, I'm going to have to disagree. It's just not. In fact, no person in my family with an Android phone (three) has ever come dangerously close to filling the internal storage space on their handsets - most of which are getting quite long in the tooth (the phones, not the family members). Sure, it's anecdotal, but they all pretty well meet the definition of your "average consumer." In this day and age, many people struggle to even make use of the local space on their laptops (see: immensely popular laptop that starts at 64GB of storage). If you "need" more than 16GB of local storage on a phone or tablet, you're in a shrinking minority.

There are niche users - audiophiles, hardcore gamers, videographers, and photographers all might demand their slates have a sizeable number of gee-bees available for use. But they really aren't part of the equation here - nobody wants to sell a cheap Android tablet to these people, because they all already buy iPads anyway.

There's another group that has been behind Android from day one, and strongly vocalized its support for the Android tab. And that group is composed mainly of power users, IT pros, developers, general tech enthusiasts, and people with too much porn. The last one might not be statistically significant. I consider myself a part of this larger group - and that's what got me into Android, when on a whim I bought a Nexus One from Google at the full unlocked price, over 2 years ago. But it's people in this group that have generally been the eager early adopters of Android tablets. The problem is that those tablets never really got out of this circle, and have continued to languish while the iPad has thrived.

And that brings us back to the measly 8GB of internal storage on the $200 Nexus 7. Is Google foolish to risk alienating these minorities that have been such zealots for the platform from the beginning by cutting them off the local data teat?

No.

For once, I think Google was wise to ignore some of the stock dialogue from the "community" here about its desires, and to finally focus instead on something it never really has in the past: selling products. What does minimizing the amount of internal storage on hardware have anything to do with selling products, though? Won't it just decrease the audience for the Nexus 7? This is going to take a little explaining, so bear with me.

The Conundrum: Walled Garden vs. Open Range

As much as I hate the term, Apple uses a "walled garden" system for its iOS devices (and increasingly, its OS X devices) and the content available to them. Buying into the Apple ecosystem gets you a reserved slot at the world's best (sorry, it is) content watering hole, and most people are happy to pay up. Getting out of the walled garden carries risks - slower OS updates, and the real possibility that Apple's generous warranty policies won't apply to you anymore. Additionally, no iPhone can run non-App Store apps out of the box, it has to be jailbroken, unlike pretty much every Android device. Many iOS users are perfectly content having literally no idea what jailbreaking (rooting) is.

This is part of why Apple can provide versions of its devices with a lot of local storage (eg, up to 64GB iPad / iPhone). Very few people on iOS would use that option to get themselves out of the iTunes world, and of those who do jailbreak, many still probably buy apps and content, but jailbreak mostly to customize the user experience.

On Android, the situation is quite different. If iOS is a "walled garden," Android is something of an unfenced swath of open range. Millions of happy little devices roaming the digital prairies, thousands of different products, and a content ecosystem that, while large, isn't really the curated cornucopia available back in the garden. Android is pretty customizable and tweak-friendly out of the box, too - launchers, keyboards, lockscreens, browsers, and many themes require no modification of your device whatsoever. They just work. That's part of what makes Android so cool for enthusiasts and regular people alike, as I think we can all agree. And many Android devices also have expandable storage or a large storage capacity to begin with, giving users more freedom to use local storage, instead of cloud or streaming services. This is useful for many in countries where mobile data and internet access generally are expensive or sporadic.

Unfortunately, this freedom hasn't exactly helped get the Android tablet market off the ground. In fact, it probably has held back it some degree. The thing about tablets is that they aren't phones. People don't need to buy a tablet - a smartphone is rapidly becoming a necessity in our modern world, and becoming the primary gateway to the web, even (or especially) in developing countries. And that's part of why Android has prospered so - it provides the most cost-effective, flexible option to tens of millions of people out there. As a natural result of this, the market for Android apps and games for phones has grown quickly, though many users have the expectation that any truly useful app should probably be free. And most of them are - because they can rely on advertising revenue on a wide installation base (if they're in it for money). There are plenty of popular paid apps out there, too, but that market has grown more slowly.

With tablets, the story is different. There aren't tens of millions of Android tablet users out there. At least not with access to the Play Store. The most popular Android "tablet" by model is the Kindle Fire, which really kind of stretches the definition of what a tablet is. Some developers have embraced it, but for the most part, the Amazon Appstore seems to have experienced something of a stall. The ease of submitting, updating, and publishing an app on the Play Store is obviously a far cry from Amazon's often weeks-long quality control back-and-fourths.

But because there isn't a wide Android tablet user base, and because there are so many different tablets of varying sizes, resolutions, and software versions out there, it's hard to justify developing an Android tablet app. And the result of this, obviously, is a meager selection of tablet apps on the Play Store. There was an initial rush after the Motorola XOOM, but beyond that, the enthusiasm of developers just sort of died off.

Google wants to fix that. Tablets are, for mainstream consumers, media consumption devices - people watch movies, TV, web videos, play games, browse the web, and listen to music on them. For those average consumers, these activities don't require a lot of internal storage, most people stream data-heavy media. But when you give more enthusiast Android users a lot of internal storage capacity, they tend to use it. For their videos, music, and photos and such. This allows them to basically circumvent 3rd-party services and get by on their own (and more importantly, free) content collections. This means they aren't spending money on things like Netflix, Spotify, Hulu+, or as Google would hope, Google Movies / TV / Music. These enthusiasts are disproportionally the first to get on board with new hardware, and if money isn't changing hands, there's little incentive for content owners and developers to produce content and develop for a particular device (or class of devices).

By providing a single form factor and piece of very open hardware, Google is making it easier for developers to take the plunge into tablet apps and content. And by ensuring that users won't have the storage space to completely shun the cloud and streaming services, it's pushing them into being more likely to explore paying for those things. Even the enthusiasts. And that's where the $25 Play Store credit on every Nexus 7 comes in.

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Sure, it gets normal consumers to explore the Play Store, but that free credit also gets the person who just never believed in buying apps or other content in the first place to give it a try. At least, that's what Google's hoping for. Google wants people to buy things on the Play Store with the Nexus 7 - that's why it's only available in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia to start with. Google doesn't have a reason to sell a tablet at cost to a bunch of people in countries where its media storefronts aren't fully stocked - they can't buy the stuff Google wants them to. Google wants us to buy Play Store content so much that it's going to subsidize tens of millions of dollars (assuming sales figures are at least in the low millions) in app / content commissions just to encourage us.

And make no mistake: the Nexus 7 is about making money. Mostly for developers and content owners, but for Google too. Google doesn't really make any money on Android, because it doesn't rake in much cash from content sales. The hopeful solution? The Nexus 7. Seriously, as much as Google is saying to hardware makers that the cheap, small tablet is Android's future, it probably really doesn't care too much what everyone else is doing. No one (except Amazon, perhaps) will be able to outprice Google with a truly comparable piece of hardware in the next year - it just isn't going to happen.

Conclusion

So, to bring this all together: Google doesn't want you to have a lot of local storage space. It doesn't want you to disconnect and go "off the grid" with your content. It wants you to stream, and use Google services. And more importantly, It wants you to buy things. By limiting the local storage capacity on the cheaper Nexus 7 to 8GB, and putting a $50 penalty (most of which is profit) on people who demand more, it has ensured that enthusiasts and regular people alike will basically be coerced into living with, and spending money in, the Play Store content ecosystem.

Google hasn't built some niche, enthusiast device targeted at tinkerers here (which isn't to say it's not tinkerer-friendly - it definitely is). This is for the mainstream consumer. Google wants to sell a lot of these, and it probably will. And when regular people start buying this tablet, that $25 credit ensures they will buy content, and developers and publishers will notice. And they will want that money. And they will develop apps for the Nexus 7 (or make content licensing deals) in order to get it. It's not rocket science.

In fact, I'd predict most Android app and game developers will probably give up on tablet development for anything but the 7-inch form factor in the next few months - there's almost no reason to continue 10.1" development anymore. The Nexus 7 is where the money will be, and as a developer you get the added bonus of basically pre-optimizing for the display size of the only other popular Android "tablet" (I use that term lightly) out there, the Kindle Fire. Suddenly, a real tablet app ecosystem starts to emerge, and that's what we've all wanted from the start. Of course, it's all contingent on actually getting people to spend money after that first $25, which is a big question mark indeed.

Let's hope this crazy plan works.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Michal Fligl

    I agree with you, currently I have 32 GB HTC Flyer and I don't know what to do with that masive storage, so, SD-cards I'm not using either....

  • Bariman43

    My 32 GB Galaxy Nexus is just barely halfway full, and it's not even because of apps, it's because it's rooted, I'm very flash-happy and as a result I have many .zip files on it. 8GB is more than I'll ever need for an unrooted 7-inch tablet. I'll probably be using cloud-based services to watch shows and movies like Netflix.

    Only time I had problems with phone space was when I had a phone with just 256 MB of storage, maybe not even that much.

  • Tony Sampson

    NO. Games alone like Shadowgun and Nova 3 take up almost 2GB of space. Lets see you gamers play on a Nexus 7 for more than a week. Wont happen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503527330 Mark Ryan Smiley

      Its not for gaming its for surfing the web.

      • Taedirk

        Then that explains why they highlighted the HD games and Tegra 3 CPU during the IO presentation.

      • ericl5112

        Wait, this device that's designed to get you to purchase things in the Play Store isn't designed to be used by some of the most popular paid apps?

        https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/topselling_paid?feature=top-paid

        7 out of the top 10 paid apps are games. Over half of the top 25 are games. Google Play games have their own section outside of the apps section. They are big sellers, and big apps. Not good for 8Gb, that's why 16Gb should be popular.

      • squiddy20

        And yet you can access a section of Google Play devoted entirely to Games.
        Logic = very flawed

    • Kernschatten

      Throw in Max Payne and GTA III and you will be out of storage.

    • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

      I won't play any games like these, but I think you still think you just managed to upsell me to the 16gb version....

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

        Its a 1.3Ghz Tegra 3, with a GPU running at normal clocks of 520Mhz. It can run these games, and probably better because its on 4.1

  • Guest

    lolwut? It's a tablet, people may want to watch movies etc. Tying it just piracy is, first and foremost, ridiculous.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      And if you believe Google will ever acquire licensing rights to locally store movies or television from the content owners, you live in a fantasy world. Not even Amazon can accomplish this - iTunes is the only one, and that's because they can basically guarantee the security of the content, and have long-standing ties with the studios.

      Streaming is the way it's going to be, local media is dead for everyone but Apple, and there is no way I see it being revived.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        Um, David? You know this is exactly how the Play Store works right now, right? You can "pin" any movie, TV show episode, song, or magazine that you buy or rent to your device, which downloads the entire thing to local storage for offline use.

  • Andrea

    and the mainstream consumer wants a device that's slightly bigger than a phone and that doesn't actually allow you to go on holiday for more than a week because otherwise you'll run out of very low quality dvd rips to watch? I'm sorry but I cannot disagree more!
    I use my xoom mostly at home and yet i've used over 40GB of storage on it. i've also run out of storage on my htc DHD which came with 1.5GB internal and 8GB microsd, and that's just music and apps. what does that say?

    • NeedName

      You sound like the type of consumer he's talking about that Google is NOT going after with this tablet. You put *ripped videos* onto your device. Google wants you to stream them from Google Play, thus you have unlimited quantities. . . IF you have WiFi ;)

      The most popular ipad? 16GB WiFi
      The most popular Android tablet? 8GB Kindle Fire

      The "average user" isn't using ripped DVDs or the like. . . they want dead simple, one click purchase, cloud storage/sync, don't have to think about it. . . etc. . .

      You and I, on the other hand, can fill a TB full of stuff probably lol.
      And we will most likely want to take our tablet into WiFi-less lands and still use it. . . we are NOT the "average user"

      HOWEVER, I have to agree with the issue about games. Some HD games are rather big and can fill up 6GB rather quickly.

      So. . . sounds like you need to upload your music to Google Music ;)
      I've got. . . at least 50GB uploaded :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000968544730 Sujit N-Air

    Liked the article :)

  • Butts_McButts

    The Cloud is all very well and good, but if you live somewhere with limited data plans or expensive casual rates then you will spend most of your time with the data turned off. This severely limits the functionality of any device with little local storage.

    • Iucidium

      I'm glad I can tether.

      • Butts_McButts

        Don't get me started on tethering - the cheapest voice and data services are on different networks here, so unless I want to change the sim in my phone when I want to use the internet, I'm basically shit out of luck :P

        • Iucidium

          You Americans get shafted bad. My UK T-Mobile contract is heaven sent. And unlimited data.

          • DavidEssex

            Yeah. It's so terrible to live here. All the cameras on every single street corner. Oh wait. That's YOUR country.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503527330 Mark Ryan Smiley

            That is so funny,

          • NeedName

            we are getting there as well, and quickly

          • Iucidium

            Its comments like these that make me realise the Mayans were right.

          • ElfirBFG

            A pissing contest is what you want, eh? Our life expectancy is ~81 in Canada, the US is a mere ~78.5. UK is pushing over 80 too. [Source: CIA.gov factbook] =P Who needs LTE when you have 3 extra years to live? (We even have LTE, but still.)

          • adi19956

            Who cares? They only look at them when there's a crime. Believe it or not it goes nothing like the Simpsons' interpretation of it. Also that's London you're thinking of, not the whole country.
            Also train stations, but I'm not sure if you've heard of the IRA or 7/7 bombings, but these are needed.

          • adi19956

            We don't have 4G though do we? Even HSPA+ has very limited coverage.

          • Iucidium

            Out of the 5 years with T-Mobile I have never had any signal issues here in England.

          • adi19956

            Well I don't where you live, but I live contry(ish) so maybe it's worse for me. I believe T-Mobile and 3 share data coverage and T-Mobile shares with Orange (Everything Everywhere).
            Either way normal 3G is slow and painful especially when loading heavy websites

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            What is your Kbps on download and upload on your plan? I live in the boonies of MI and with a cheapo antenna I get at least 2450-3550 Kbps

          • adi19956

            Depends very much on where you are, but theoretically a top of 7.2mb/s which I believe (please correct) is Three's HSPA+ top for download.
            There is no + on the end of HSPA where I am, however.

          • SJAY1

            Australia beats all of you guys.
            Our plans are not too expensive, and there are 4 or 5 providers in Metro regions for 4G.
            The main provider, Telstra, has coverage everywhere in Australia 3G atleast, and 4G in all metro areas, and Australia is a fucking big country!!
            3G download speeds on speedtest on a 3G dongle are about 7mb/s and a 4G dongle are about 20mb/s (4G isnt the best here).
            You guys just need to bow down to the superior Australians.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            what is your Kbps download and upload in England?

          • Iucidium
          • OSagnostic

            Just ran speed test.net on T-Mobile UK. 165kbps down & 24kbps up. On a good day we might get 500kbps down. I travel around the UK a lot & it is not unusual to see 30kbps down.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            oh man... that horrific. All i can say man is sorry.

          • bowker678

            I just ran a speed test on Virgin and im getting 4703kbps down and 2309kbps up!

          • Freak4Dell

            T-Mobile was rock solid for me in the UK. I don't even remember if I did a speedtest while I was there, because I never really cared. It worked, and that was all I needed.

    • Aincalandorn

      Or an area where a lot of the cloud services aren't available...

      • Butts_McButts

        Or in a country where the Play store has restricted access to content...

        • kernschatten

          Or if you commute on the train.

          • Anonymous Ace

            I ride on the train 2 hours to work, 2 hours home. I have a tablet with 8 gb internal(reduced to less than the 6 on the N7 because its a craplet). I don't think it is that hard to switch out a movie or episodes of my favorite show the night before. From my experience as a call center employee for a certain DVR providing TV service, I know how people get when their recordings are lost and they cannot horde everything. It takes getting used to but in the end you'll live. Google and Acer are selling a AAA product at half the price of their fruity competitor and all that anyone can do is complain. So, you can't store the ENTIRE season of a show or store every single game you've bought on the Play Store? You'll live.
            Now, I do understand people that are internationally travelling might need more storage space. If you are unsure about your WiFi availability, I don't think this product is aimed at you.

          • ElfirBFG

            ASUS, not Acer.

            Whole season? Try 2-3 720p movies or 7-8 episodes. And I need to wire it up to my computer to transfer those files? I flash ROMs and change music on my phone at least once a week, and I haven't plugged my phone into my laptop since about March. I wouldn't want to do it with a tablet either. If I have to use my computer to transfer 2GB of video onto my device, I'm just going to use the computer.

            I have Netflix on my phone(w/ HDMI out) and on my PS3, so why add another device for streaming? Those same devices can access things stored in the cloud and on a local media server. Again, why add another device that does the same thing? I want the tablet because it's portable, but being wifi only with limited storage is the antithesis of portability. As for music, I am to upload 50GB of songs(some ripped, some free downloads, some pirated, some iTunes paid) to Google Music, using my bandwidth? I have a great plan at home, but most don't, most get dinged with overages whenever Bell or Rogers can. And if I want my content while mobile, I have to use my phone as a hotspot? I have a TERRIBLE plan of only 1.5GB/month, I will not be wasting that to access music and movies I already have purchased, ripped, stolen, etc.. I'm not tethering to use my Netflix either. Buying movies in the Play Store just to stream them over wifi or using my phone's data? Think again.

            I would have bought this if it had mSD. It would have been my first tablet. I buy things on Play Store with regularity, I'm not a hardcore pirate. I like a nice mix of paid, free, and pirated works. I don't pirate apps EVER.

            This tablet should have been 10 inches if they were going to make it wifi only, so that it's more useful at home. And it should have had an optional keyboard dock for mobility purposes. Say with an SD slot, USB ports, mobile radio, etc.. Hook me at $300 for the barebones tablet, and then hook me again for a $200 dock that increases the applications for which tablet is useful for. Not to mention that I'd tack on another dataplan with that dock.

            All I know is that I will get an ASUS Zenbook long before I get a ASUS tablet now.

          • Anonymous Ace

            Ya, looks like I phonetically fumbled the brand name.
            Read just a bit closer there ElfirBFG. I put "So, you can't store the ENTIRE season of a show or store every single game you've bought on the Play Store? You'll live." Obviously I was saying you cannot put a season on the device(although I put whole seasons of Simpsons/Futurama on my current 5gb tab along with my Cannibal Corpse discography, 12 cds in total; and a bevy of games, including an N64 and GBA emulator, Elemental Knights Online, Pocket Letends and etc on it).
            The funny part is that my tablet has a microSD slot but I didn't end up needing the extra space. It has really helped having a job in technical support where I can listen to people that complain that they don't have more than what the service/product provider offers. The point is plain and simple: If the product doesn't fit your wants/needs, dont buy it.
            Another user made a great point about Google not wanting to compete with their own OEM's.
            And finally, I'm not saying use data. I'm saying transfer between your computer and tablet. I don't even own a smartphone and I know how hard it is to believe but I've somehow managed to survive.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            So you put an entire season of futurama on 5GB plus 12CDs? I call bullshit on this! Unless the bitrate was like 500kbps or less at 360p for futurama, and the CDs were at 128kbps (not music quality) then bullshit has been called. FYI (for those who get it) God has horns.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            So you put an entire season of futurama on 5GB plus 12CDs? I call bullshit on this! Unless the bitrate was like 500kbps or less at 360p for futurama, and the CDs were at 128kbps (not music quality) then BS has been called. FYI (for those who get it) God has horns.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            So you put an entire season of futurama on 5GB plus 12CDs? I call BS on this! Unless the bitrate was like 500kbps or less at 360p for futurama, and the CDs were at 128kbps (not music quality) then BS has been called. FYI (for those who get it) God has horns.

          • Kernschatten

            I have both an A100 and a Tab 2 7.0 so I know how cramped that 8GB (less than 6 with the OS) can be. The point is, WiFi is not everywhere and I like to carry around a few gigs of music.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            and you know what is funny? if the Kindle fire 2 has 32GB of storage, it will nullify your point completely. Plus I want dont want to choose of losing all my save game data, or watching an HD episode of Mythbusters.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            and you know what is funny? if the Kindle fire 2 has 32GB of storage, it will nullify your point completely. Plus I want dont want to choose of losing all my save game data, or watching an HD episode of Mythbusters.

    • Ken

      Also when you take this WIFI tablet outside of your wifi range. How will you stream on the go unless you get an extra data plan which i dont think anybody wants another one of those

      • Tyler Chappell

        Everyone needs to keep in mind though that you can get a 4GLTE hotspot from Verizon for a mere $20-$50, compare that to the fact that getting an iPad with 3G/4G instantly tacks $130 onto the iShit device, and tell me which is a far better deal. Tablet with cellular or wifi only tablet + hotspot?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

          yeah if you sign a TWO YEAR CONTRACT at $87.00s a month for 10GB. You know how fast streaming can kill 10GB? Less than 2 hours of HD video at 720p.

          • Tyler Chappell

            Still cheaper than the iPad, which was my original point. Because for the iPad, you're paying that $130 just for the OPTION of having cellular, + the data plan.
            Meanwhile, I will be using wifi tether on my Thunderbolt with my grandfathered unlimited data plan with my Nexus 7, can't beat it :D

          • SJAY1

            This comment just annoys me. I had to reply. We hear of "Apple fanboys", but you are obviously an "Android fanboy" or anti-apple.

            So basically here, your saying you can buy a 4G streaming device for not much money at all.

            Then your saying this feature on the iPad costs you $130!

            Firstly, as Chris Marshall said, you are signing a TWO YEAR CONTRACT. These devices outright are about $170 + contract.

            So even if you can get your cheap hotspot, your telling me the hotspot cant be used on iPads? If you want, you can buy a hotspot and use it on your wifi only iPad.

            But there are benefits to having the SIM in the iPad! For starters, you don't need to worry about charging two devices, all options are controllable by the iPad, and there is a speed difference from the SIM being local, to streaming via WIFI.

          • TylerChappell

            You did nothing but prove my original point. It's still costing more just for the option of having it on the iPad. It's no different than how Apple scams users for larger hard drives, and an absurd price for a DVD "superdrive".
            Two different tablets
            Same feature (getting service through a cell carrier)
            One costs $50 for the hardware functionality; one costs $130.
            And most people who buy iPads dont seem to even take a hotspot device into consideration since they stand there in Best Buy like sheep spending 20 minutes pondering "man, should I pay $130 more for the always-connected one or not!?" Like seriously, consumers are dumb.

        • Butts_McButts

          And outside of the US....?

  • Lucas Nicodemus

    It's a USB host - and though it doesn't support storage out of the box, someone could easily throw a zip to flash on XDA.

  • http://scarydevil.com/~peter/ Resuna

    I have a tablet without an SD slot... a Touchpad... and the lack of storage devices bugs me on a regular basis. Not because I'm out of local storage, but because that SD card slot is not just local storage, it's the best way to get data onto and off your tablet. Whether you're into music, photography, video, or just want an easy reliable backup, it's the quickest way to share data with your computer, camera, or bookshelf.

    And the cloud isn't an answer for a tablet. It's fine for a phone that's always online, but there's no GSM support on the Nexus 7. And that's something else I've found in the past six months... hopping from one wifi lillypad to the next is no way to access the cloud.

    And here's the real problem with your theory, pirates aren't lazy. Have you ever tried using one of those P2P programs? When Linux distros started shipping via bittorrent, I found out quickly just how bloody horrible that software is. The people who obsessively collect that stuff, they consider much bigger roadblocks than this a game. A pirate isn't going to sweat installing Titanium Backup and a Samba client to dump his hoard offline. If it's slow, he'll do it overnight.

    Google's people aren't stupid. They know that putting up speedbumps that don't slow pirates down and are inconvenient to regular people is popular, but they also know it doesn't work. Bottom line, you must have been really straining hard to find a silver lining in the missing SD slot, but you haven't found it yet.

  • spandk

    What a mess! My HTC Desire is always out of space. So youre totally wrong about that. Just kidding.. Google needs to expend its way to pay money and its store itself. We in Germany can only read books and get apps and this is one of the richest countries of the world..

  • Robert Oliveira

    I don't know that I agree.

    I came to Android from a BlackBerry Tour offering 256MB of Flash memory plus a 2GB SD card, which I later increased to 8GB. The EVO 4G offered 1GB of ROM to which I added 16GB via an SD card, when a service tech fried my 8GB card in the Blackberry. I frequently ran into warning messages on the EVO that my phone was running low on storage space. Thanks to the SD card and root access, I would simply move apps from the phone to the card and my problem was solved.

    Now I have a 32GB CDMA Galaxy Nexus along with a 16GB Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab. The Nexus doesn't support SD cards, but so far there have been no storage concerns to note. The 16GB card from the EVO now lives in the GTab, to which I supplement with cloud storage at Dropbox and Google Drive.

    I think that I would fully embrace cloud storage if my service provider had better data speeds and connectivity or if open wi-fi networks were more plentiful. Neither are currently true.

    I hope to never run out of space, but I also cannot predict whether that day will ever come. I suppose the only way to do that is to not store everything either locally or in the cloud. That said, my "pack-rat" tendencies makes it a challenge not to be a digital hoarder, if you will.

  • BHazard

    Disagree. Limiting choice is what Apple does best. With google not using the one feature I desire most in storage (sd card slot), I might as well just buy an Ipad. I would have ordered a $199 Nexus on day one if it had removeable storage. They actually lost a sale here because of it.

    • NeedName

      uh. . . Google is NOT limiting your choices. You still have many tablets to choose from. Google just made a choice on one device, just as they do with each Nexus they put out. That in NO way limits your choice within the Android ecosystem. . .

      Following your logic, every single Android device MUST have every possible port/slot available, otherwise they are limiting your choice. That's a bit nuts.

      • BHazard

        Uh, yes. Google is limiting my choice on their Nexus tablet to a paltry 8 or 16gb. I didn't say Galaxy Tab, Transformer, or Xoom. I said Nexus tablet. Pure GOOGLE experience Nexus tablet.

        At that price range, those of us who don't see a tablet as a necessity would pick one up, just like I did for the touchpad.... except I didn't like not having SD on that either, so I sold it.

        It would cost pennies to add the slot. Could have been a true game changer, but they blew it.

        • NeedName

          No, they are NOT limiting your choice. They just are not offering what you would like them to make. That is NOT limiting your choice. For them to limit your choice they would have to offer what you want and then tell you NO or follow you arrow and tell you, no you can't have that device or that one, etc. — all hardware, by its very nature, is limited in some way or another.

          Are they limiting my choice because it doesn't have MHL or HDMI? NO, I can still choose whatever I want. If I choose a N7 I'm choose NOT to have HDMI. If I choose a device with HDMI out (e.g. PlayBook) then I choose to have HDMI. Google in NO way limited my choice.

          You've convinced yourself that Google MUST offer what you want and if they don't that somehow that limits YOUR choice. What a company offers has NO effect whatsoever on your ability to choose what you want to choose.

          You are only seeing the situation through your view. . . step back, breath, and let go of your frustration that Google isn't making exactly what you want. . . then maybe you might see that their may very well be some very good reasons for their choices.

          Your argument is, make what I want regardless of your business model or plans!

          Come on now, we need Google to profit off Android so they can continue to push Android faster and further, and maybe their choices here will do better than they've done in the past with Nexus devices. I don't know. Time will tell, but there really is not reason to be upset. There are lots of tablets to choose form and your ability to choose has not in anyway whatsoever been limited ;)

          • BHazard

            You're still going way off from the point. Google is giving you a choice of 8 or 16gb on their tablet. This is not an opinion, this is fact. 8gb and 16gb. What you or I feel is irrelevant. They are selling 8gb and 16gb versions.

            As a customer, if Google or any other company wants my money, they damn well better provide what I want. Since they didn't here, I didn't buy it. See, simple.

            I'm not upset, I'm disappointed. A simple solution could have made this perfect for a lot of people. You can throw in whatever you'd like about profits, etc, but it doesn't change the fact that they blew a sale on this for me and many others with that simple omission (which was done on purpose).

          • NeedName

            You know the saying. . .
            "you can make some people happy some of the time, but not all people all the time"

            You simple are refusing to look at the bigger picture ;)

            Yes, they did not get you as a customer. However, Google is operating the Nexus line within a larger Android hardware ecosystem. What do you think your choices would become if Google did do as you suggest and offer up all the choices = the perfect Nesus devices for everyone?

            No other OEMs would bother with Android. . . and it would be dead and we would have zero choices!

          • Think.

            Hi, I'm a nit picker.

            Assume there are 5 tablets that "Fred" (made up guy) is considering buying. No other tablet, apart from those five, is even on the table because they aren't Android or big enough etc etc. According to Fred's criteria for the perfect tablet, those are his options...or, you guessed it, his choices. Then, Fred finds out that one of the five tablets he might want to buy has a major flaw in it that was just announced. This flaw, a deal breaker to Fred, makes it so that the tablet does not meet the criteria held by the other four contenders for his money. According to his needs, it is no longer an option or choice. Google has indirectly limited Fred's choices.

          • NeedName

            No they haven't. Directly or indirectly. They added MORE choice.

            Number of Android tablets before N7 = X
            Number after N7 = X+2
            thus more choice

          • BHazard

            Someone likes to distort things and change the logic when it doesn't suit them. Think had the Nexus as one of the choices, but you're still trying to push your agenda with the X+2 comment. Makes it that much harder to take you seriously.

            At the end of the day, a Nexus 7 is not sitting in my hands, which is a fail on Google's part, because it very nearly could have been.

          • NeedName

            I have an agenda? You have got to be kidding me. You are the one saying Google MUST make the tablet you want and by not doing so they limit your choice. . . BS!!! That's an agenda! I'm simply pointing out reality to you, and you don't like it!

            The simple reality is Google added two great tablet options to the market. YOU DON'T LIKE THEM, THEN DON'T BUY. Spend a little more and stop your bitching because they did NOT make the tablet you want — that's someone on an agenda — "Google MUST make the tablet I want!!!!! arrrrgggggghhhh!!!!"

            It isn't a fail on Google's part to get the tablet into your hands. YOU ARE NOT THEIR TARGET MARKET FOR THIS TABLET. That really is not a hard concept to grasp!

            For some delusional reason you think Google MUST sell this tablet to EVERYONE and/or make a tablet that *fits everyone's needs* — that is absurd. They have a ****target market**** for this tablet — just like every manufacturer does, imagine that! You simple are ***not*** in that target demographic. Not hard to understand! Nor is it an agenda on my part. IT is simply reality.

            Google is allowing space for other hardware manufacturers. . . also, not a difficult concept to grasp.

            moving on . . . .. this is ridiculous!

          • BHazard

            You're still going on about this? Your pride must really be taking a beating that so many people disagree with you here that you feel the need to constantly try to validate your opinion.

            Their target demographic? You mean current Kindle Fire users? You mean the market share that is still much lower than the one currently held by ipad users? They could have expanded that demographic very easily, but chose not to. In my opinion that's a mistake, and I'm betting that within 6-12 months sales figures will support this claim. If it doesn't, then great for Google. Either way, I still don't really care. I'm not a shareholder and it doesn't affect me in any way.

            HTC tried to cheapen their products and didn't listen to their customer base last year, and their stock tanked. Samsung ran away with the market, and are still doing so. The Galaxy Nexus was/is a damn fine product, which I owned.. and now I own the S3 over the One X. I guess HTC's target demographic was to not sell me their flagship phone? Get over yourself.

            I can spend my money however I want. Since I don't feel like the N7 is a product for me, I'm cheap? Why don't you mind YOUR own business about my purchases, and quit YOUR bitching.

            I hope you aren't a business owner, for your sake. Google can do this and also push out a product like the Nexus Q, because they have a ton of money to attempt things like this, and want their cloud to be used.

            If you tried to market a product for your business, attempting to reach a target demographic with a cheaper product, yet also alienated potential sales to competition who has a more expensive, more desireable product (not really but go with it), the market would come up with a solution and take the sales you would have had. Simple business fundamentals. Android has vast options with different companies, but that isn't what I'm getting at.

            How many failed businesses have you been a part of? If you actually have been part of one, maybe now you'll start to see the correlation.

  • Lord_Data

    "Editorial: Why the iPhone 4S has only 3G and why it's for the Best"

    The complaints seem rooted in a belief that an accelerated download speed is a necessity, not a luxury, for most users. In fact, no person in my family with an iPhone has ever come dangerously close saturating their bandwidth.

    There are niche users, but they really aren't part of the equation here - nobody wants to sell a cheap Android tablet to a market that currently buys a competitor's product, because they all already buy iPads anyway. I think Google was wise to ignore some of the stock dialogue from their established consumer base, and to finally focus instead on something it never really has in the past: selling products. Except to niche users, because they buy iPads.

    This is the first reason Google has installed only 8GB of storage on the entry-level Nexus 7, and topped it out at 16GB, to stop piracy, like the world's worst case of hardware based drm, limited local storage space. Yep, their primary reason for limiting storage was piracy. Undoubtedly.

    "Google doesn't want you to have a lot of local storage space. It doesn't want you to disconnect and go "off the grid" with your content. It wants you to stream, and use Google services. And more importantly, It wants you to buy things."

    You know, I agree - but that doesn't make it "for the best," not in the least.

    "In fact, I'd predict most Android app and game developers will probably give up on tablet development for anything but the 7-inch form factor in the next few months - there's almost no reason to continue 10.1" development anymore."

    And the desktop is Dead, Baby, Dead, there's no reason to develop for them anymore either.

    Let's hope this crazy plan fails because, while it may be beneficial to Google, there is no way it can be interpreted as benefit to the consumer in the long term.

    I love Android, I really do, but the removal or omission of a feature that is seen as crucial to a large portio nof your users, and whose absence has no objective benefit to the consumer, should never be lauded as a good thing

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

      Yeah I needed to repair my desk from banging my head into it when I read the comment you quoted. Obviously this writer forgot that 99% of Android tablets run 1280x800. The nexus 7 is 1280x800. Yeah... I do sincerely wonder if the company is taking apps for volunteer writers after this because I would love to have his job.

  • T

    So you are telling me that because:
    -My music collection is a little over 23GB
    -I want to watch a few movies while traveling out of country (without having to delete my music*)
    -I use my devices as USB storage for moving big files from time to time
    i can basically go fuck myself because i'm part of a minority.

    *Yes yes, google music, i get it, cloud and shit, available ANYWHERE!!!!!!!11
    Can i tell my network provider they can rape you with roaming fees instead of me? Also don't tell me to go on a public wifi, where i travel they do not know what wifi is.

    TL;DR it would not hurt them even a little to make a 32GB or even 64GB versions, while making me very happy.

    • Iucidium

      Wait 6 months.

    • NeedName

      No, he's not saying that. He's saying Google made a choice to go with low memory for certain reasons.

      You can still choose any Android tablet that fulfills your needs — not all tablet will fit all users' needs. Sounds like the N7 doesn't fit your needs, but there probably is one that does, and if not maybe your current needs supersede the current state of tablets.

      • ElfirBFG

        But why shouldn't a cheap tablet meet my needs when all I want to do is use it as it is intended? Why should I have to be constantly linked to the internet to enjoy and use a product like this? The ecosystem allows for extreme customisation, yet a simple thing like 'access to my media files ANYWHERE' forces me to: a) spend over $350 b) spend at least $30/month for more data? Where's the love? If the Kai platform comes to fruition, and a similarly priced tablet with mSD becomes available, I'm going to buy that, regardless of brand due to the fact that it meets Kai criteria and should be on par. Google has forgotten that true Android supporters(See: 'powerusers' aka people who like local content :/ ) would most likely want to buy a Nexus/Google device with vanilla AOS on it. They would have had my $250 RIGHT now if they'd provided more internal memory, or expandable memory. As an Android supporter, I would assume that my needs should be met by this product, seeing as my needs are rather simple. I'm not jumping ship, I still like Googz, I still like Andy, I'm just bummed that I "don't matter" because I like easy file transferring and room for offline media.

        • NeedName

          But why shouldn't a cheap tablet meet my needs when all I want to do is use it as it is intended?

          It will work just fine as intended. You just want to do something with it that it is not intended to do ;)

          Why should I have to be constantly linked to the internet to enjoy and use a product like this?

          Have you heard of Google? Do you know how they make their money? If you can answer those two questions then you have your answer.

          The ecosystem allows for extreme customisation, yet a simple thing like 'access to my media files ANYWHERE' forces me to: a) spend over $350 b) spend at least $30/month for more data? Where's the love?

          Yes, *the ecosystem* allows for a lot. Google IS NOT *the ecosystem*. You wanting Google to subsidize what you want is ridiculous. They are subsidizing a tablet that will help promote *their ecosystem* and make them money so they can continue to develop Android — you do know it costs them a bit to develope, don't you? I guess you just want them to go bankrupt subsidizing cheap devices for you?

          If the Kai platform comes to fruition, and a similarly priced tablet with mSD becomes available, I'm going to buy that, regardless of brand due to the fact that it meets Kai criteria and should be on par.

          Isn't it great that there is such choice in the Android ecosystem? Seems you think Google has to do everything, instead of realizing they are the ones allowing for this ecosystem to flourish by FREELY developing Android so other hardware partners can make great devices, not just Google.

          Google has forgotten that true Android supporters(See: 'powerusers' aka people who like local content :/ ) would most likely want to buy a Nexus/Google device with vanilla AOS on it.

          That's a very big assumption on your part. Why should Google be subsidizing a tablet period? And what makes you more "true" of an Android supporter than the average user that loves Android, buys a N7 + GNexus + Nexus Q, and buys lots of content off Google Play? Seems to me the latter is a much better supporter than people complaining that Google isn't subsidizing the exact table they want when there are tablets in the market already with SD & higher memory.

          They would have had my $250 RIGHT now if they'd provided more internal memory,

          That's just it. You want something on the cheap, thus you aren't going to be buying anything off Google Play. You are the "supporter" that isn't supporting Google. You just want them to make you cheap stuff. Seriously, $250 for higher memory? Hmmmmm. . .. theirs and iPad with higher memory. Oh, yeah but it's how much? OH, but you think Google needs to give it to you at cost!

          There's easy file transfer. You can setup a NAS, etc. . . There are many ways for an advanced user to expand memory, but it still requires WiFi — all mobile devices do.

          You sound all butt hurt because you think Google is somehow ignoring your needs, when the reality is Google is looking to its business just like other companies do. I don't like the fact that their is NO hdmi but then again I have a choice, work with it as it is or buy another tablet for more cash. I have the choice because Google has spent a butt ton of cash on Android and gives it away freely, and we get a better ecosystem for it, or Google could say FU to everyone and close it up, be the ONLY hardware maker for Android, just like apple does, and give you only a couple choices. . . yeah, that sounds better.

          It is seriously disappointing listening to all the butt hurt "android supporters" bitching about this issue. Google increased our choices by adding two very good tablets at a great price, and people are bitching left and right about it — ridiculous! Those don't sound like Android supporters to me. They sound like a bunch of whinny cheap skates that want something for nothing.

          I'm seriously so over this issue at this point. . . it is one of the most ridiculous things I've witnessed yet.

          • ElfirBFG

            Nice assumption. I've filled my 16gb internal memory with play store apps. Many purchased, none pirated. Games are huge files now. 4-5 can use up a couple gigs alone, and that's only tegra2 games. I bought a 32gb uhsi card for a reason, I NEED it for media, and some app spill over. You can't tell me any other method will transfer as fast.

            Why should they subsidise? Because they didn't make a version that could be subsidised otherwise(see: a data plan which I'd need to access my 'cloud' stored files).

            People like you are the reason that the 'cloud' is a big deal now. It's a stupid idea with current wireless conditions. It's a scam to get people to pay for things that they already own. As a backup it's semi-useful, but you could host it at home for cheaper, stream in every room of your house easier/faster, even access it remotely in the event of a crash while away. That last one is even easier if can back it up to a: hdd, SD, USB stick, etc.. You're sheep.

  • http://twitter.com/madphone madphone

    a tablet is for consuming media. a tablet is portable, a tablet is for consuming media while being not at home. it does not make sense to biuld such device when it only has wifi and no celular data connection. i think the autor thinks to complicated.
    offering a device with 8gb makes you want more, the people will easily pay more for just a little bit of more storage. this is how google gets a bit of profit even if the device is cheap. paying 50 bucks for 8gb means probably more than 45$ of profit increase. that's it.

    • NeedName

      studies show that tablets *rarely* leave the home. . . believe it or not. I know, what's the point, right? Maybe those studies are just too early and are seeing that many of the current tablets are really a lot of peoples' main computing device or just toys that can't do any real work that their smartphone can't do. . .thus they stay at home like most toys. Nonetheless, that's the current market. Maybe it will change as we get more productive apps????

      • Kernschatten

        I don't know about those studies, I see a lot of tablets on the train to work.

        Granted, a lot of them are iPads.

      • John O’Connor

        I see another possibility here. Many tablets do not leave the home because of the fact that INTERNET access is not available everywhere when mobile. Apple does make 3g ipads (which I am certain blow through data caps anyhow)

        I use my TF300 when mobile and if I need to get internet I have to tether from my phone. although I am fortunate enough to be on an unlimited data plan, network reliability can be very slow or non-existent more often than not. Hence the need for more local storage. I have several games that require a Gig or more of offline storage for gameplay. Right now the TF300 works great for my use (32gb local expanded with 2 64gbmicrosdxc cards, one in the keyboard dock and one in the tablet. I have tv shows, movies, music, books and apps which I have purchased through the play store, amazon and others. again fortunately I have the additional storage space for when I need it. Obviously my particular situation is overkill but i do have the space available for those times where internet is unavailable and it most certainly makes a difference.

        For the love of god, I can't imagine there are any more or many more low to mid-range android phones that only have 8gb of local storage on them.

  • DavidEssex

    "This means that, for some apps, piracy will no longer be worthwhile for the darker corners of the internet to pursue. Work is the enemy of every pirate, and unless the prize is big enough, they'll give up and find an easier or more valuable target."

    You really don't understand, do you?
    The harder the puzzle, the more people try to break thru and solve it. I had to re-read that several times to realize that you actually typed that out. Retract yourself. You're not THAT dumb, are you?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The blatant and crude attack on my intelligence aside, you honestly believe MORE people pirate Adobe or Microsoft software because it's HARDER to circumvent the licensing schemes now than it was 10 years ago? It seems you're the one who really doesn't understand.

      • DavidEssex

        *yawn*.
        I was seriously hoping this article had merit. Next!

        • DavidEssex

          p.s. It was a question. Not an attack. ;-)

          • DavidEssex

            and there's MORE Microsoft software out there so... oh god. Nevermind.
            I have things to *do*.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1519620310 Zac Rodriguez

            There is a difference though from a true pirate (lazy and doesn't want to pay) and a hacker (likes a challenge and doesn't want to pay usually)

          • NeedName

            dude. . ."
            You're not THAT dumb, are you?"

            sounds a bit like an attack, insulting at the least ;)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

    I'm gonna have to go on the record as disagreeing with just about everything in this article. I can accept that having less storage space might, on certain occasions, be mildly inconvenient to frequent content and app pirates. However, to jump from that to "Google did it to stop pirates" is just silly. Google's reason for limiting storage is because the margins on this device are razor thin as is. Even if it only cost ten bucks to add 8GB of storage, they'd still be shelling out that money, which will likely be to the tune of millions of dollars, out of pocket. Why do it? This argument is enough. Tying an explanation to piracy is unnecessary and wildly speculative.

    As for real-life storage needs, claiming that only pirates and nerds need the extra storage space, or even asserting that it's an attempt to coerce people into buying Play Store content, is equally silly. For starters, sure the $25 Play Store credit is a nice hook, but using it as a tease to get pirates to pay for content is a non-starter. Either they'll use it and never spend another dollar in the Play Store (like a true cheapskate), or they're the kind of "cheap pirate" who does pay for content and pirates for other reasons (they exist) and they'll buy content anyways. Giving money to pirates doesn't make them spend money.

    Local storage is useful especially on a WiFi-only tablet, since a data connection isn't always available. You've got offline Maps, which is just a common sense thing to do on any navigation device. Pinned movie rentals are the quintessential example of tablet use. I use Spotify to download offline playlists, Play Books to download local copies of books, and even have an assortment of comics I download. All of these things could be streamed, although many of them are awful even on a fast WiFi connection (I abhor reading "streamed" comics, as they're unbearably slow). But on a WiFi-only device that is, by your own admission, primarily centered around content consumption, local storage is of paramount importance.

    Google limited the storage space to reduce the price. Nothing more.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      If it were for price plain and simple, there'd be an SD or microSD slot. The cost of such a feature is practically negligible. Choosing to leave one out was an active decision, not simple cost-cutting. An external storage slot is too big an attraction for some people to simply decide as "not being worth the money." There is something more going on here, and yes, much of what I say is speculation. It's an editorial.

      • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.baldera.92 Carlos Baldera

        My belief is that Google may just be focusing on device speed by wanting apps installed on internal storage vs the variables involved when installing an app to sd card. I've noticed on my phones prior to the gnex that the phone would first have to finish loading up before i can launch anything, when now on the gnex the minute it's on my home screen i can launch an app fairly quickly without having to wait for everything (settings,etc.) To load up

        • VanderTRAMP

          The decision to omit external storage was probably a multi-faceted one. Let's just leave it at that.

      • Simon Belmont

        It's negligible, sure. But multiply that by millions or more of devices and it's not so negligible anymore.

        Am I happy about it? No. I'd rather have a microSD card slot. Oh well.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

          yep, but Asus still gets my money because of the infinity. I just hope they don't screw it up like the Prime. looking at the toy they call the N7 I am a little worried.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yep. I have nothing against Asus at all.

            I just prefer choice. The choice to put as large of a microSD card into my devices as I want. Nothing more. Nothing less.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            Same here. Even the supposed doc for the device that is coming out does not offer anything other than audio and USB. I just hope the Nexus 8 or whatever its called fixes this problem

      • http://www.facebook.com/C.SeanThomas Sean Thomas

        You can say it s an editorial, which means some speculation, sure.. but at least make sure it is well informed speculation at least.you sound like someone who watches fox news.. meaning you strain together half baked ideas as if anything were based on fact. I really hope your writing improves, most semi-informed readers can come up wit any speculation that makes more sense than you do. You are likely 100% wrong on every point, and I signed up for this site just to say so. Get a new job, one where your speculation isn't as obviously ignorant.
        My next goal is to apply for your job, evidently they give it to just anyone.

        • No more crap

          Agree 100%. This is the kind of rambling, "let me enlighten you with my 'superior' hypothesis" crap that made me leave Android Central for this site. The question this editorial asks is an important one that demands an answer, but this is pure speculation that just doesn't make sense, as others have pointed out. The unnecessarily casual (rather, unedited) writing style is just the crap frosting on the crap cake. One more ridiculous editorial like this and I'll bail on Android Police.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

            looks like this guy must have been the one they fired from Android Central since their writings have gotten alot better last time I checked.

          • Abhisshek Das

            LOL

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

        Then next time before you right a load of BS, try best not to alienate your entire audience who reads them dude! Always thought droid life was better, thanks for cementing the fact that IT IS! At least they dont insult photographers, gamers, and people who are done with the age of 128kbps ripped music.

    • Simon Belmont

      Totally agree. It also bothered me that "only audiophiles and videographers are going to buy iPads and not Android phones or tablets."

      I love music with great sound quality. I use FLAC a lot. I like to keep my music library locally on both my phone and tablets, which are ANDROID, by the way. It's just easier to do, and more battery efficient, than streaming or constantly downloading especially at those file sizes. I hate to say this, but the point of view on this article is pretty narrow. The funny thing is, regardless of the space concerns or what have you, I'm totally willing to buy a paid app if it's something that I find extremely useful or well conceived.

    • ericl5112

      I'm with you. Another point, games are a huge seller in apps. Games take up a lot of space. How many 3-400mb games can you fit on the N7 8GB (about 6GB usable)? Not to mention, games are getting bigger and bigger.

      • marcusmaximus04

        I think that was a rhetorical question, but whatever. The answer is 15-20.

        • ericl5112

          Yes, it was very rhetorical, mainly because i figured most people can use a calculator.

      • Elias

        Don't forget there are already games in the GB range. If you're gonna have a tegra 3 tablet, sure as hell you want to have the most elaborated eye candy out there.

    • derekross

      Well thank god there's a micro USB cable for extreme use cases such as you mentioned when you need offline books, movies, playlists, etc, etc etc.

      That fact of the matter is 8GB and 16GB will work for the vast majority. There will be some who only use 2GB of that. Then we'll have some that will need much, much more than the provided amount.

      You can't please everyone in this world. Stop trying. Google did it right. They are pleasing the masses, plain and simple.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

        A vast majority also buy and play games on the store. Games can range from a few megabytes to a a few hundred. Don't tell me that many people are not going to by PVZ or Angry birds with this thing? Then with the young adults who want to get games like Bladeslinger, Dead Trigger, Dark Medow, etc, you looking at buring through 8GB faster than sh1t through a goose. Gone are the days when 64Kbps or 128Kbps was good quality for MP3s. A single MP3 for a 256kbps - 320kbps can run a person up to 10MB per song. Tack that in with PDFs, audio books, games, and a movie or two and you will fill that thing before you even know it. You cant please everyone sure, but dont limit everyone else in the process.

      • MicroNix

        I completely disagree with you and the article. Both my kids have 8GB iPod Touch devices (I know, I know) and *constantly* have to delete games and stuff they really want to keep to be able to load new games because they fill the 8GB so fast with them.

        My wife uses our Android tablet to consume content like movies and having them available when you are offline (David, you ever fly at all???) is totally essential. We also have a media recorder which records TV for us and has an Android app to allow streaming from the recorder device or *copying* them to the tablet for offline use. That can fill my 16GB tablet in no time flat.

        Anyone who does any photography or better yet, video recording, with the high res cameras of today, also know that the video files can be huge. If you are on vacation and don't have access to a device that you trust to move them off to, you are stuck with just a few videos with no room for more.

        I'm sorry, but 8GB is a deal breaker, especially for a wifi tablet. Offline content consumption is a *must* and 8GB doesn't hold squat. Don't even get me started on how I had to limit my music on my phone to certain playlists which eventually let to me getting a 32GB SD card to hold the music, photos and videos.

        Tablets aren't always connected like a phone and therefore should have MORE available storage. Period.

        • derekross

          "
          Anyone who does any photography or better yet, video recording, with the high res cameras of today, also know that the video files can be huge. If you are on vacation and don't have access to a device that you trust to move them off to, you are stuck with just a few videos with no room for more."

          Have fun doing that with a front facing only camera. Remember, we're taking about the Nexus 7 here. Use the device how it was meant to be used. If you want to use the device outside what it was designed, buy something else.

          • MicroNix

            And you've never used your tablet to play movies for friends which where taken on other devices? I generally don't show movies taken on my 8MP 1080P phone on the phone but rather on my tablet. Don't diss without thinking of the larger picture.

          • Toad_Scratcher

            This is so true. Everywhere I look I see people talking about the Nexus 7 as if it should be some all singing all dancing, every port having, mean machine.

            It's a cheap 7" tablet that OWNS it's intended market.

            There's already a device for editing photos and video whilst holding a tonne of data......It's called a laptop.

            If this device doesn't suit you then find one that does. It's that simple. It's a $200 tablet for god's sake.

            It's like complaining that your base model Subaru isn't as fast and sporty as the top end WRX.....If you want all the bells and whistles then move along and pay for them, don't sit there complaining that you want everything for nothing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

      Totally agree. I stopped reading this article after he called the majority out as a minority here. He then had to pick on the gamers (which now comprises of nearly everyone on a tablet), the audiophiles, and worse... the photographers. Once he called photographers out, I could not read anymore.

      However it was the way he called out us photographers that really peeved me. In reality, most freelance photographers DO NOT use apple. Why, because who wants to pay no less than two grand for a hunk of junk that is only half as powerful as a PC that was built for half that? Also iPad, with no I/O ports other than is crappy jack? LOL yeah right! With the CR2 Raw file editors now on Android (and they work well too to my surprise) I can go to a convention, take a decent amount of photos, have them fixed up, and converted to Jpeg in no time, without having to bring my desktop, screen, and peripherals with me. I can do this on an android, and had to do it using a friends Prime at my latest con.

      So thank you so much to the guy who wrote this main article for insulting just about everyone in your fanboism of a not so great toy, that could be a tablet, but is to limited by almost no storage space, and no microSD card slot.

    • John O’Connor

      I will most certainly have to agree with this. Even APPLE understands the local storage conundrum which is why they have always offered larger storage capacity! The selling point with most android devices was the ability to expand the storage.

      Memory does not cost much at all these days to build into to a device, let alone offer an ability to add external storage.

      Besides offline maps, books, videos, movies, etc. Some apps take up a lot of space (which seems to increase as technology gets better) I could easily install three or 4 tablet worthy games and eat through that 8 Gigs before I put one other app, music, mapp, app, email, internet or other cache on a device.

      I am probably being fairly repetitive with a lot of the other responses here, but this really irks me, especially since it essentially goes backward in time to using a less than standard (16/32/64gb) amount of storage. As content, games, apps, etc require more space I certainly wouldn't want to be buying something that stores less than the prevailing market. I most certainly wouldn't trade in a new 80"smart tv with every manner of apps and abilities for one with a quarter of the screen size (40inch) because it gave me an additional 50dots per square inch of resolution. We should be expanding capabilities/capacities not hamstringing them.

      The only way this would ever truly fly in the future (Total Cloud Immersion) would be if Google suddenly launched a worldwide unlimited bandwidth, accessible anywhere, always on internet connection. Which unless I am mistaken certainly isn't the case. Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here with the cloud migration

    • shonangreg

      Another plausible explanation for the lack of MHL/hdmi-out and USB storage would be to save some of the market for ASUS, Samsung, acr, etc.

      If google were to offer an uncrippled, subsidized, full-featured 7" tablet, how could the other hardware makers compete? Seriously. They couldn't.

      If the Nexus 7 were to have everything it could (everything that the ASUS 370T did have), then google would be taking on the sole responsibility for the whole 7" android tablet ecosystem. No one else would help.

      A crippled Nexus 7 navigates this minefield and promises to dramatically expand android tablet use and google play purchases. The other hardware makers can then lure those new android tablet customers into "upgrading" to unsubsidized, uncrippled full-featured tablets.

      This is also a reason why we existing tablet aficionados might best pass on the Nexus 7. Certainly don't pass over an acer A110 or the like to get the Nexus 7. That would be a lose-lose-lose proposition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.baldera.92 Carlos Baldera

    It's a Wi-Fi device, is not like someone would be without Wi-Fi for super long periods of time. For the Times you are without, you have 5gb or 14gb (respectively) to store content locally.i personally have my music tied to Google music and movies tied with my subsonic server on a TB hard drive at home. For Times i know i will be without connectivity,i have the option to download for offline use and store content locally. From what I've read so far, it still supports connecting hdd's and sd card readers if i would need more than that. (Which i probably never will). For the price point and hardware, the N7 is a win!

    • NeedName

      You are absolutely correct. . . there are still lots of ways a techie can expand storage for the N7 — I can just FTP anything right off my 1TB HDD that's connected to my home network. . . if I have WiFi that is. . . or tethering, but that's always the main issue with any mobile device, do you have connectivity. We just don't have ubiquitous WiFi. . . and that's just life at this point in time.

      However, gamers do have a point about the current size of games. . . I gotta agree with them on that one.

    • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

      Ummmm... no. N7 doesn't support usb mounting of external storage devices. You can connect peripheral devices like keyboard, mouse etc; but not storage device. It's like Google did everything it could to make sure that users don't get any form of storage other than the bundled storage, apart from 'cloud' and 'play store'.

      • fonseca898

        It will probably be mere weeks before working OTG is supported on XDA.

  • kindrudekid

    I have to admit...

    When i was in India, i use to pirate apps a lot!!! and having external storage was a must have for storing apps and local music , also chief reason for that was no access to broadband connectivity, we were still stuck on 2G ...

    Android, PC Games, Softwares , name it...

    fastforward 5 years after I got a 500 kbps Broadband, my family got accepted for immigration status in the USA...

    and man did I start buying my apps!!
    it feels good!
    Support is better...

    but I also need to point out when i was in india i was a student and jobless, my parents annual salary for no more than 2.3 Lakh rupees ie no more than 4200 Dollars...
    spending 40-60 dollars on an XBOX or PS3 games is like giving away a weeks salary...
    Also what happened is people started getting educated, the sudden Customer Service call center boom resulted in high paying job by indian standards.

    parents spent a lot of their savings to get their kid speak fluent english and buy a PC so he can get a job in a call center by learning pc at home ... many people dont know this but the call center in india sends a Air conditioned car or a bus to pick up its employee and thats a huge bonus for indian worker not worrying about transport espicially during the late night shift..

    and mind you the average salary in india is around 100-200 dollars....
    also many of us had this mindset that you are paying for something that isn't gonna be physicall, like buy a game atleast you have a DIsc and cover and thats like "uhhh why spend it on that much, and when update comes u need internet, which inturn costs more money"

    People say that Apple/Foxconn is treating it employees at worse levels but they never stop to ask how the employees life has improved with that job, an insurance, nice pay, children affording textbooks and education....

    Just my two cents ...

  • Mike

    Let's say reasons A and B are valid (piracy and google cloud services sales), alright, offer me a nexus 7 with an SD card at a cost of $199 + the value of A and B. I don't care, maybe that doubles or triples the price. Isn't having the choice better than smallest size for everybody (really, could they have gone smaller than 8gb?). I guess 16 is ok, I'd need 3 of these to fit the data I store locally on my phone.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    What kind of sick bastard would put the N7 facedown on CONCRETE? I'm having an aneurysm just looking at it. lol

  • Mikey

    AP was always Google evangelist. 8gb for smartphone or tablet is just shitty. Get some navigation maps and pictures there and it's filled.

  • Kenny O

    When I first saw that the space was limited and there was no microSD card support I was slightly disappointed, but then looked at my 32 gb Transformer Prime - in 6 months, I have never once filled it past the 12 gb mark. I'm for many the storage limit is a deal breaker, no reason to get all up in arms about it - simply go for one of the other Android tablets available.

  • Mike

    lol David deletes his comment that exposes his ignorance regarding how the Play store works for offline content.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

    I'm sorry, but as long as the Nexus 7 remains face down on concrete, I can't read the article without cringing a bit. Lol

  • http://twitter.com/camondraconis Camon Draconis

    While I don't agree that Google limited sizes solely for piracy, it's clear they designed a device specifically to target the largest market in the world, casual users. And the truth is that on average, casual users just are not going to use more than 8GB on their tablet. Several of my friends/coworkers have Kindle Fires and I would classify all of them as the "casual market." Not a single one of them have close to use the space on it. Offline navigation? That's what a cellphone is for to these users. Movies? Netflix, Play, or Physical Media. The only valid base lies in music. And with that Google is pushing the use of its cloud storage for all of your music, which you can readily download songs from to your device before leaving for whatever commute you're about to make.

    Someone said it in a review or something, but the Nexus devices have always been sort of the standard that Google sets for what they want out of Android. Every iteration of Nexus phone I have seen changed the way the market developed their devices. Every device had to be either as good or better than the Nexus, with different features targeting different markets.
    I see the same with the Nexus 7. Google didn't just design a "limited" feature tablet. They designed a tablet that is meant to set the baseline standard for Android tablets. It's intended to make developers think about things like shape and form, comfort of use, placement of buttons, all things that many many "high end" Android tablets have seriously lacked (The ASUS Transformer TF101 was miserable to hold as well as its brothers).
    What I believe Google and myself hope to see is Tablets that take the N7's design into consideration, and build upon it. I really hope to see the next iteration of Transformers have not only all the "power features" that market of users wants, but also consider the feel and comfort of using it.

  • dasd

    no external memory solution = NO BUY -> simple as that!

  • Skillit

    This is the worst, least based on reality, article that I have ever read on this site, and I have read some pretty fringe editorials here.

    Seriously, this reads like something that come out from the type righter of one of those fellows that keep saying that the aliens are among us with this whole piracy conspiracy theory thing.

    There reason for omission of those features is cost, Google is selling this things at cost, even if the parts amount to less than the retail price, there are manufacturing, shipping, marketing and support costs, so every penny that is saved counts.

    And by the way, pirates don't hoard, collectors do. Pirates use and discard, little storage space means nothing since they delete the app or movie as soon as they are done with or do you think that every pirate out there springs for multi terabit HD's.

  • Bill Nye

    I sort of agree with this sentiment. If google doesn't make money on this on the back end (through play sales/google drive sales/etc), it will be the last cheap nexus tablet. Period. I'm fine with 16GB, I understand the limitations, and more importantly, I keep perspective. It's a $250 tablet. They're a business, not some savior for those among us who don't buy apple stuff.

    • Kernschatten

      Remember that the Asus 370T that Google hijacked for the Nexus 7 was supposed to have the same screen, 16GB storage, Tegra3, sd slot, and rear camera...for $250. That is the tablet that I wanted.

      • 150pilot

        +1 You and me both.

  • roph

    Just no. Sorry, I completely disagree with this article.

    No SD slot = guaranteed lost sale from me.

  • android

    what ? i'm a gamer & i want to buy 100+ games from google play but 16gb is not enough.sorry google but i'm not buying your tablet. i need more space i need micro sd slot or even 64gb nexus 7. i hope the Kindle Fire 2 will have micro sd slot if not then its the Acer ICONIA A110 Tab.

  • hot_spare

    I keep hearing that Kindle Fire is the best sold "Android" tablet.. Did anyone check Fire's sales in 2012??

    http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23466712

    Samsung is still the leader even without any significant effort and last-gen hardware. The moment they decide to throw their weight like in the smartphone market, other guys can close the shop.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I disagree completely that piracy has anything to do with not including the SD card slot. For the real reason, look here: http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/11/18/impromptu-qa-session-with-android-engineer-dan-morrill-brings-to-light-reasons-behind-galaxy-nexus-lack-of-usb-mass-storage/

    I understand this is a benefit, but how much space does a Micro-SD card slot take? I don't see why we can't have both.

    Dan Morrill: "There's no particular hardware reason a device can't have both. The problem is that there is no good UI for it.
    One
    of the core Android principles is that you never need a file manager.
    Ever. We wanted to avoid the obnoxious "sneeze and a file picker
    appears" syndrome of basically every other OS. Local data that apps know
    how to handle should just be magically available within the apps, or
    stored in the cloud. You shouldn't have to go spelunking on your SD card
    to find data.
    The problem with having both internal storage and
    SD cards is that suddenly that goal gets a whole lot harder to achieve.
    For a given shot, should the camera save to internal-16GB, or to SD
    card? Should an app from Market be installed to internal or SD? etc.
    Yes,
    we can solve this by letting the user choose, or have it be in
    settings. But then, that's a file picker, or close enough to the file
    picker experience that we dislike it just as much.
    And besides
    that, there are API consequences: if you stick in an SD card with photos
    on it, do you add those to the system media content provider? If you
    do, you will screw up apps because they aren't designed with the concept
    that photos can come and go.
    What we will probably do eventually
    is add an import/export concept to removable storage. So the Camera will
    always save to internal-16GB, and when you pop in an SD card (or insert
    a thumb drive on USB host devices) you can start a migration or
    import/export dialog.
    But until we have that, devices will
    generally either have an SD card, or a large internal storage, but not
    both. I totally get that a lot of people like SD cards, and I miss USB
    Mass Storage myself. But then, that's why it's great that there are so
    many devices to choose from. :)
    tl;dr: it's a can of worms. We're thinking about compromises for future versions."

    • Leonid Podolny

      Oh, wow, that actually makes sense.

    • Kenny O

      Agreed. 16 gb is plenty for me.....but it is a shame they didn't give at least one other option.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

      It was good until he said file manager. If he was talking about shit like iTunes, then yes. If he was talking about a device file manager like folders to store your stuff in on the device so you can get to it, save to it, and find it, then I would like to slap him upside the back of the head. The main reason why I sold my iPad was because trying to find any file on the device was a complete and utter joke, and dont even get me started about saving pictures to the device...

    • Davy Jones

      My first thought when I saw this article was that interview. Anyone who read that should have been able to predict that the Nexus tablet would not have an SD slot. I really hate this because I so badly want SD and think that is difficult to buy a non-Nexus device when support and updates are such a crapshoot and you are stuck with those horrendous skins. I've been hoping the rumored 5 nexuses will change this but I suspect that this won't be the case.

  • kernschatten

    I think it is much simpler than that. Google is going after the Kindle Fire and if paltry storage is good enough for Fire owners, well...
    Unfortunately, the Fire appealed to Kindle owners and not necessarily Android users.

  • CasperCrash

    I am always worried that I run out of storage because of the many apps I out on it. Especially when it has a Nvidia Tegra chip, because the games made for Tegra devices take up a lot of storage, some games even top 1gb!

    • CasperCrash

      many apps I PUT* on it. I had to correct that mistake.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cedric.berger74 Cédric Berger

    I have a galaxy tab 10.1 16GB, and I often have to fight to make room.
    And I do not even listen to music with it.
    Also, apps are only going to require more space in the future (offline gmaps, gdrive, games,....)

  • ERIFNOMI

    I stopped reading after awhile... Was the conclusion really "pirates are cheap and 8GB hinders them, therefore 8GB was the best choice for Google"? That's ridiculous. I'm not even complaining about the size but I find that conclusion ridiculous. Piracy has become the go-to explanation for everything these days.

  • Brian

    Sorry, local storage will always be needed. At least until OTA broadband is reliable, cheap and pervasive. Since that won't happen for another 10-15 years, it is ridiculous to push the idea of cloud storage just so other services can be used. I sold off my HTC EVO because I was hitting the storage limit on it daily. My Xoom tablet at 32GB fills up quickly when putting media on it for a week long trip, so much so that I no longer use it to download my email. I'm not sure what would you live in, but HD media puts the average user into the category of needing a lot of local storage.

    • Brian

      *World, not would. Also due to download caps on my broadband, I will always need local storage. Until someone finally finds a way to force Comcast and the cell phone carriers to move into the modern era, your argument on all levels falls flat. I live in the 21st century but the technology that backs me up is still stuck in the 90s.

      Now that I think about it, this is the first AP article that feels like it belongs on a Gawker site.

      • John O’Connor

        Not to mention that broadband providers for home such as cox, comcast, uverse, etc. have a cap as well. for cox's ultimate internet ($99/month) you have a cap of 400gb a month. and that is the top tier, most users out there have a cap of 150 or maybe 200gb a month.

        If you were only to use your tablet at home, but must always stream everything to your device all of the time, you will be hitting that cap as well. Just downloading a season of decent shows from the Google play store to my tablet ate at least 12gb of that home bandwidth. every hour of netflix or hulu or other services streamed eat about 1gb or more
        I have hit my cap several times before, but then again my household has several phones a piece, at least one laptop and tablet per person and several desktop computers. not to mention myriad other devices that can access other streaming services (blu-ray player, ps3, xbox, roku, appletv, etc) such as amazon VOD, netflix, hulu you can most certainly hit your broadband providers.

        even in the ultra connected households there is still an unspoken limitation, so pure streaming is not a great option at this point in time

  • squiddy20

    Note: this was meant to be in response to David's (quite ignorant) reply to "Guest" at the top of the comments, but it seems he deleted the evidence.
    You don't need Google, Amazon, or any other service for that matter, to acquire liscening rights. Me personally, I've ripped a few DVD's (that I personally own) onto the hard drive of my Mac, that way, I can watch them anytime I want without having to carry around the DVD or the extra battery used spinning both the DVD drive and the hard drive. Further, I can then take that ripped DVD file and stick it on my phone (or tablet, if I had one) so I can play it anywhere without an Internet connection. As far as I'm concerned (or know) it's completely legal since I'm not distributing the files to anyone else, and am only changing the mediums I'm watching it on.Pardon my bluntness, but saying "local media is dead for everyone but Apple" is just plain ignorant and thoughtless. I imagine not everyone wants to use 2 GB or so to stream a movie on their data plans (especially for those with tiered data plans), and even fewer have access to mobile data all the time. For many, local storage is THE ONLY way to go, especially if you're on slow data networks (like Sprint) but don't want (or can't afford) to pay the higher prices of other carriers.

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    "
    that group is composed mainly of power users, IT pros, developers, general tech enthusiasts, and people with too much porn. The last one might not be statistically significant. I consider myself a part of this group"

    Haha

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    As long as Google doesn't pay my bill I want at least the option for 32GB especially with my phone and with 720p displays.

    I just wanna throw stuff onto my phone/SD card and not care to clean it up after a week I'm done watching everything. Isn't one 720p movie about 2GB?

    This is the same reason I will never own a Galaxy Nexus and I'm gonna hate Google/Samsung forever for cancelling the 32GB GSM Galaxy Nexus... I guess I will get a Nexus 7 (16GB) because the price is just too good for what is offered.

    Android is all about having options, why not offering something there? If it is at a premium price, so be it, but 16GB aren't enough for me with my music, (video) podcast and a few series/movies I sometimes watch on the go when I'm on the tram or bus for 30-40 minutes on one way, besides apps, games and what not.

    And besides, it can't be THAT expensive to include a micro SD card slot. There is nearly nothing inside the Nexus 7 besides battery and a little bit of SoC.

    • NeedName

      Too many, I think, feel like Google is intentionally limiting options. It costs a lot to have certain types of options available, first off. But I think more importantly. We have to remember, Google is making Nexus devices in an ecosystem with lots of hardware partners. I'm sure, stomping on other OEMs' toes came into some of the decision making. All Nexus devices have some negatives. . . it would probably really piss off other OEMs if they went all out and offered up anything and everything — what would be the point of other OEMs making Android devices at that point?

      Android has it's positives and negatives just like every platform. . . . nothing perfect has been made yet.

  • dangerousjenny

    Sorry. You are wrong on so many levels. " There are niche users - audiophiles, hardcore gamers, videographers, and
    photographers all might demand their slates have a sizeable number of
    gee-bees available for use. But they really aren't part of the equation
    here - nobody wants to sell a cheap Android tablet to these people,
    because they all already buy iPads anyway." I am sorry but who the hell are you to assume that these people buy IPADS? Really. I am so offended its not even funny. I am a photographer and I don't own one thing apple. I won't either unless forced to and if Android starts going the wrong way. I don't like cloud storage. Why should I have to connect to something to view my pics or watch a movie or listen to my music? I thought Android was about options. No option to expand storage is a money move. Simple as that. People don't always have access to wifi. I don't know why people think that everyone has this unlimited amount of Wifi everywhere. Why shouldn't I be able to take all my music everywhere if I want. I know plenty of "average users" and they have way more then 16 gb of music. I like having my music with me to listen to what I want when on trips or not at home. I just don't understand who anyone is to tell me I shouldn't be aloud to do that without going to a cloud or buying an apple product. This actually is making me not want it. It's the only thing that is making me lean that way and there are plenty out there like me. We are not the minority.

    • another option

      Try using your phone or something other than a tablet to listen to your music

      • dangerousjenny

        Seriously why should I have to. I do use my phone but there are times that I would like to use a tablet or something else. It's not just music. Movies are big files, ebooks can be big files and I read a lot. My files for my photos are rather large cause they are quality. I would like to use my tablet to be able to show potential clients my portfolio and not have to go online to do so. Not to mention the more cloud I use for that the riskier it gets for my copyrights.
        There is a lot involved for me to want expandable storage and I am tired of every new device coming out having to rely on cloud storage.

        • dangerousjenny

          Not to mention my huge point is people assuming if you are one of those power users you would use an apple product. I am very offended by that.

          • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

            Look at sales figures and marketshare. He is right. You are the inevitable exception to the general rule.

  • ummmmmmmmmm… dont no

    Smart and to protect their apps developers can do what the developer of SPB Shell 3D has done: set it up so if u don't freeze your playstore by rooting your tablet/phone it doesn't work.

  • Are you serious?

    sorry but i've never read something more stupid in my life."Something is really bad with the device: here's some fanboy excuses to make that really bad thing look like it is good"

  • Dennis Heffernan

    This point of view is utterly absurd. We're supposed to stream everything on a device with no broadband? Not to mention that if I were to stream things to my phone outside of a WiFi bubble my data allowance would evaporate instantly anyway. Oh and, just in passing, I am running low on internal memory on my phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/normanpefarmer Norman Paul-Eric Farmer

    Please dont delete me :'(

  • LanceMiller

    I just love how it was mentioned numerous times that 8GB of storage should be sufficient but he has failed to inform everyone that you'll only get 5.25GB of useable storage after the loading of the OS & whatever free apps are included. I couldn't even begin to get by on only 5GB of useable storage. I bet once you get to under a GB of free storage that Quad Core Processor everyone is raving about has all kinds of hiccups due to memory shortage.

    • What

      What the hell? Disk storage has nothing to do with the amount of RAM available to the phone.

  • TimKerr

    I use a micro USB to standard female USB cable to connect a flashdrive to my Samsung Galaxy S2 for extra storage and I assume you do the same for the Nexus 7?
    Comments are being made about costs of data plans, it's not a phone, it's for using on your own WiFi router, paid public WiFi, or free WiFi. In my own relatively small town I can access free WiFi at more than eight locations.
    What's the problem?

  • omgwtfbbq

    By the way, paragraph 4 totally reads like you have too much porn, you might want to reword to avoid the ambiguity

  • C’mon.

    Let's not hope this works. This all sounds terrible.

    Yes, let me put my entire music collection on Goog's cloud...that will work out great any time I leave the house and want to hear music. Netflix? Uh, if I am at home on my wifi guess which machine I'll be using?

    The whole point of a tablet is to have our entertainment on the go...and if I can't store music or movies because I happen to have a couple big games that eat up all my internal mem, what is the point?

    How about the Nexus 7 can shove it - I'll stick with my Acer A500 with full USB support, microSD, micro HDMI out, and 32 delicious GB where I keep several seasons of shows AND most of my favorite albums. What if I'm not around an internet connection? Welp, I can still access all of my stuff.

    Streaming content and the like has it's place - and I'm glad to keep SOME of my music on their cloud, but again, relying on an active connection to hear/see/use/redownload things that are already yours and should be available at nearly all times? Nope.

    As much as I love Android, I will not recommend this device to anyone except a parent looking to buy their elementary age kid a tablet to mess around with.

  • wangjt

    ....that group is composed mainly of power users, IT pros, developers,
    general tech enthusiasts, and people with too much porn. The last one
    might not be statistically significant. I consider myself a part of this
    group....

    Wait... WHAT??? LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    I stopped reading after the third mistake I spotted:

    People don't fill up their Android Phones internal memory: Depends on the phone, me and my mum both have to regularly uninstall stuff to install new stuff.

    Hardcore gamers are a niche who own iPads: I have filled up a 32GB iPod Touch with games before. I sure as hell aint buying an iPad!

    Pirates hate work: Have you have seen a pirating comunity? They LOVE a challenge! The more antipiracy something has in it, the more pirates want to break it!

  • J

    When my girlfriend smashed my Galaxy Nexus against the wall, an SD card slot would have been nice. Luckily I back up my back ups off the phone frome time to time. But there was still a bunch I couldn't retrieve from the internal storage. I don't see why they can't just put a slot in these devices.

  • ltredbeard

    wait i feel like ive been in a cave....do you get a $25 credit when you buy the nexus 7?

  • http://twitter.com/larwe Lewin Edwards

    Yeah, so I'm with Eric Ravenscraft on this. Totally misguided article without a single word of value. I might be considered a power user; I can afford an iPad but want an Android device. I wouldn't consider for an instant an Android tab that didn't have removable storage. Not sure how much extra I'd pay for additional integral storage but the ability to add more is a must.

    8GB isn't even enough storage for the media I'd consume on a reasonably long airplane trip. I didn't realize Nexus didn't have an SD slot. Well, without it, a WiFi tablet is useless. I'm not connected to the cloud all the time. I don't know where you live, but even when I lived in NYC I didn't have consistent enough WiFi access for a WiFi device to be useful without a LOT of local storage. Even with my 3G tablet (I have an original Galaxy Tab 3G and a WiFI Iconia A200) coverage is spotty and performance fluctuates all the time.

    The vision of constant cloud-connected always-on technology just is NOT there for any mobile device yet. Won't be for years.

  • Kookyguy

    This makes the tablet almost useless for by kind of extended traveling for me. Just because one Person doesn't, need more storage doesn't mean others don't need it and I see no valid proof that such of a majority of users don't need it. Before you speak for the masses, you should know that the masses agree with your opinion.

  • Wade

    I am going to ignore the point of this article and ask simply why the beautiful tablet is LYING SCREEN DOWN on CONCRETE! Oh the horror!

  • Kookyguy

    I just noticed the comments about Acer. My 2 Acer tablet have 32 gigabyte sd micro cards i added. I think all new acer tablets have sd micro slots. That is what makes them better than the nexus tablet. Limiting non pirates options and using pirates as an excuse is just wrong.

  • precise1204

    Just checked and there are 6.7 Gb occupied in my Nexus S storage. I would not consider myself much of a power user either, just someone who is actually not afraid of technology and likes to use the tools available (which means no root or pirated apps, sideloaded music and around 60 legit apps). And I don't even have any movies there... which I would on a tablet.
    I doubt it's important to you, but here is my personal view: Nexus 7 is not a 'real' tablet. Its just a frame for Play Store, and a better, more powerful copy of Kindle Fire. Nothing wrong with it, but this device looks like a highly advanced, evolved e-reader on steroids.

  • Freak4Dell

    Well...that's an, um...interesting take on it. I disagree with pretty much every word in that article, but it gave me a good laugh, I guess.

    I actually was expecting this to be about how internet is available everywhere now, so nobody needs local storage, and I was ready to bang out a reply against that, but there's no need for that now.

  • fonseca898

    I agree with the general assertions of this editorial, and it was rather well-written IMO. Nice work. Google wants users to make use of their cloud services, plain and simple. Power users are willing to pay more for a premium, full-featured product as a general rule, although I don't think that means an iPad, and I expect to sell the Nexus 7 for something better by Xmas.

    And I definitely don't think the 10" form factor is dead.

    I'm sure it won't take long for OTG to be supported either. Thumb drives are cheap.

  • SebaKL

    All the replies said pretty much everything I would, and did it better.

    The utter stupidity in that post alone, is too painful to consider, dear god...

  • sab

    It must be nice living in the US but a lot of the cloud
    based things available on the Play Store are not available in in Europe. So
    that shots your argument right out the water.

  • peterfares

    How pathetic. I was seriously considering buying a Nexus 7 to use in my car but then I read it had no microSD card slot and only 8GB/16GB storage and I instantly decided against it. I was looking at the Tab 2 7" and it's a great size (the Nexus 7 would be the same size) but I don't really like the low-res screen.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    You know what, I am usually a big supporter of everything Android Police says, including some controversial ones in the past. But this one ... I just have to disagree. I can understand your piracy concern, but we have to try really REALLY hard to relate that to the limited storage of the Nexus 7. Look, may be Google has some other ideas when they decide to limit the storage to just 8Gb and 16Gb, and not including a SD card, but I wholeheartedly believe that it's 90% cost related, and 9% about restricting the usefulness of the tablet so that third party OEM can still compete (just look at the Nexus phones, historically, Google had made some choices to make the hardware not as competitive as OEM phones.) Then may be part of the remaining 1% has something to do with your piracy theory.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    Oh, I forgot to say, I would be happier if Google did not disable the USB storage. I hope StickMount will fix that.

  • http://twitter.com/yellowspyder Spyder Ryder

    This guy is so full of shit. The 10" tablet is never going to go away, and most people I know with androids can use up 16gb pretty fast. Hell, my music takes up half that. And 8gb machine won't even hold my music. Get real, fella

  • Himmat Singh

    Wow. Just wow. Was this written just so AP got more hits? On one end, you talk against piracy, on another you say you bought into Android to fill your porn-filled desires. Crazy.

  • Anil Jadhav

    Dear David Ruddock , stop licking ass of Google. That piracy stuff is total WTF.

    • NeedName

      Dean Anil Jadhav. . . stop being a douche!

  • Martin Nilsson

    My general view of things agree partly with this article. You don't need that much space running around and when you needed you can just plug in a card reader or USB-drive for that extra boost. Or just for shuffling data around when no computer i near. Sad part is that the Nexus 7 doesn't have this either...

  • jk2001

    I think this is good news. Google may have to back off a little, but app stores are reviving the ISV business in so many ways. I use iTunes and like it - though I'm not a big spender. Likewise, I spend on Kindle. Not a ton, but more than I did on books in the past. I've even bought software from the Ubuntu Software Center. My net spend on content and software probably went up a bit due to these online stores.

  • Milind

    This has got to be about the most idiotic argument for not adding an SD card slot. Pirating!! My 32GB Transformer Prime has about 6GB remaining. And that includes about 6GB of photos, some music (I mostly use Google Music), 8GB in /sdcard/Android/data and about 3GB of Nandroid backups. I have already ordered the Nexus 7, but I'm just hoping that OTG and flash drives will work, so I can move files around. But it's a serious pain in the ass and a typical out of touch Google world view where we all live in a perfectly connected world. Just downloading US maps for offline GPS will take about 2 GB.

  • Johannes Siemers

    Your are totally wrong on this one. I am thinking of not buying the Nexus 7 because of the low storage. I have a 10.1 with 16 GB and i have to delete things to try new games or to find storage for a movie.

  • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

    I've so far used almost all my space on all my devices, so I think you are wrong on this one.

  • NeedName

    This really is not a difficult concept to get.

    Google chose, for specific reasons, to make a 7" tablet with certain specs.
    That's really all there is to it. Everyone bitching needs to get a life and pay regular prices for tablets if the N7 doesn't fit their needs — it's a subsidized tablet people!

    Everyone also needs to remember, Google makes the Nexus line of devices in an ecosystem with lots of hardware partners. I guess you all that are whining that this tablet is not 'the end all be all' of tablets think Google should just say FU to all their hardware partners and put out a subsidized tablet that has every possible feature so. . . no other hardware partner would be able to sell anything at a profit which would, effectively kill the Android hardware ecosystem and most likely Android.

    NICE!!!!

    Maybe apple fans aren't so off base when they say Android "fans" are just a bunch of cheap skates.

    The comments on this article and all the complaining that 'Google didn't make the perfect (subsidized) tablet for me' is THE most disheartening thing I've seen about Android. They gave two great tablets to the market and a FREE OS so other hardware partners can make more great devices, but that isn't enough? They also have to subsidize THE tablet YOU want?

    Sad! Very sad!

    Hopefully the "average user" is more grateful than the complainers here.

  • Johannes Siemers

    On the Wired-article about 9:1 pirate-ratio for Football Manager Handheld 2012: I want that game, but it isn´t sold in the german Play Store. Possibly because of missing rights (club and player names). Not sure how many more markets are affected, but this will lead to a lot of piracy.

  • JeffDenver

    God I am sick of people trying to defend no SD. Here is why you are wrong:

    1) The "OMG you won't even use that space" anecdotal evidence is retarded. I can counter with plenty of anecdotal evidence of my own; I do not know a single person with an Android device that has NOT maxed out internal storage at some point. And most of these are 16 gig devices. Yes, Android users do use SD.

    2) No, streaming does not replace local storage. Wifi nodes are not reliable and ubiquitous yet. The only way your "OMG streaming!" argument works is if your Nexus device never leaves your house, and even then it will never stream as fast as local storage. Hope you got good Wifi and it stretches to the back yard, basement, and your neighbor's house. Local storage is convenient...with SD I can have BOTH options.

    3) Yes, you have explained very well why Google might not want use to save crap locally. Because they want to force us to buy stuff. Frankly, that sounds like something Apple might do, and it is obnoxious. While it certainly benefit's google and it's developers, I don't see how it benefits ME as an end user. I am not gaining anything by having fewer options.

    There is no reason at all to deny me, as an end user, the option of expansion. None. I do not gain anything at all by being denied this option, and I lose a lot. The device is less flexible and my options more limited without SD. Yes, the Nexus 7 is awesome, but it is awesome in SPITE of no SD...not because of it.

  • siypion

    Dear: Google
    Hears a easy fix for your Nexus 7 Tablet
    $200 for a 8gb tablet "comes with 50 credit for Playstore" (price drop to $150 after 8months)
    $250 for a 16gb tablet "comes with 50 credit for Playstore" (price drop to $200 after 8months)
    $300 for a 32gb tablet "comes with 25 credit for Playstore" (price drop to $250 after 8months)

    Hay hay hay! a 32gb Nexus 7 of 300 i'll buy that up qiuck!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      And a 64GB version for $350. Then we'd be set.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      wait, $50 credit?! that'd be insane

  • IceBeam

    As long as Google doesn't allow people to REMOVE the damn Google gadget which is stuck on the homescreen, they are clearly evil. What kind of idiot thought this inept design was good?! (This was NOT a request for tech support, don't waste every bodies time on writing about launchers, rooting and other irrelevant crap)

    • fonseca898

      They do. Use a launcher or root your phone. I'll get back to you on other irrelevant crap.

  • Greg

    More storage means I will buy more apps from the Google store. Less storage means I won't be able to buy as many apps from the Google store.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlasofia.moraisoliveira Carla Sofia Morais Oliveira

    The right micro usb - female usb and you can connect an usb pen, or a microsd reader.

  • Renato Paredes Araújo

    *wrong login. The right micro usb-female usb adapter and you can connect a usb pen or a microsd reader.

  • jaxzfon

    Nice article, I have
    to say I toyed with a 7 in Samsung and have mixed feeling. love the portiblity, hate the small screen size. my xoom is still the right size for watching video. I use pogo plug to store content and I believe home cloud devices are the solution to the nexus issue. you can daisy chain a 127 portable hard drives on a pogo plug if you need that much storage.
    this is a good start for Google but 10 in.tablets are still the best

    • fonseca898

      I'm using a Pogo Plug V2 myself. It's a great little device (after flashing Samba).

  • CJ456

    its indeed possible and logical, the whole reason for the Nexus 7 to exist is for you to BUY content.
    that may sound...greedy at first, but in the long run it will benefit all of us Android users, as developers and others will submit their content into the play sotre, not only apps, but movies, TV, shows, magazines, etc.

  • tomen8r

    wow..who are you? good stuff!..thanks! (as i write this on my cm9 hp touchpad)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Joecascio2000 Joseph Cascio

    I have an Acer A100 which has 8 GB built in, however, it has an external SD card. So let me say that 8GB is NOWHERE near enough storage. I had to root and do an SD Swap just so I can buy and play games on it. Most of the games I have require 2GB+, so buy 4 games and your done. After doing the SD Swap on my A100 I now have 32 GBs on internal (External SD Card, because of the swap) and 3.5 GB on external sd (which is really the built in memory, because of the swap)

    tldr: 8GB is only enough for 4 real games, and is in now way enough storage. Want my advice wait a couple of months there will be another tab out at the same price point but slightly better and probable with an external sd card slot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.mahon Robert Mahon

    More memory options would have been good, sd-card slot(s!) would have been great, but this device has been made to be as good and as cheap as possible. Adding the sd-card, that'd be FAT formatted, would have opened them up to having to pay Microsoft some cash. Appears to bring in at THE lowest price, that's why it was skipped as can be seen on the Kindle Fire too, but the Nook DOES have the sd-card slot, and thus was open to attack by MS. I'd strongly suspect that the next Nook will NOT have the sd-card to avoid those extra fees.
    The lack of MHL/easily accessible USB storage is probably related to licensing too. Though there's always cyanogenmod to put them back in perhaps.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BDJNITUOFPKPV2ZWSRNS34FEZI Mike

    Well, if you're just a typical domestic user, maybe a small amount of local storage and a chain to the cloud is sufficient. But for the rest of the world (in particular the 3rd world where I live), the cloud is controlled, censored, unreliable, and expensive.

    Think locally, think small Google.......

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I agree....but this product isn't aimed at that market. Honestly Tablets don't make that much money in emerging markets. It's all about the money, thats how google can increase content.

  • will1384

    If we lived in a perfect world, were everyone had good high speed Internet, everywhere
    they went, then having only 8GB or 16GB of storage would be acceptable, but this is this
    is 2012, and that is not a reality for many Americans, especially people living in rural
    America, I am sorry, but the lack of a useful feature is never a good thing, ever.

  • Latise Baker

    This editorial would make more sense (and be less controversial) if the author just argued that Google kept the storage options limited due to cost. All of the other reasons really just don't make a lot of sense. They may be Google's intentions after all, and if they are, that's too bad, because they don't still make logical sense.

    Google wants me to use the play store? Of course they do. But why limit my storage options for the amount of content they want me to purchase from them? Less storage options could equate to less purchases for people that don't want to be bothered to remove stuff or juggle what they store locally.

    Google wants me to use the cloud? Of course they do. But then why give me a WiFi only tablet with no options for cellular connectivity?

    These arguments don't make sense. The cost argument makes sense.

    What would have also made sense for the author was to take a look at some sales data of tablets offered in varieties of storage options. I have a hunch that the best selling iPad is the WiFi only 16 GB, but I don't know.

    I think the author would have done better to present his reasons for why Google went the way they did, but also noted that some of the reasons don't necessarily make sense, if that was their intention.

    Last, every one complaining about the storage options of the Nexus 7 have taken the debate off of the intended topic, which is what was Google's motivation in offering the Nexus 7 with the storage options they chose.

    I want a 10.1" Android with a high resolution screen, vanilla android, and a 32+ GB (internal or combination, i don't care) and I'm willing to pay for it. No one seems to want to take my money though. *Sigh*

  • http://www.facebook.com/light487 潘光明

    Are you even a technophile? If not, stop writing about these topics and stick to paraphrasing press releases. I agree with a lot of the points you made in the context of a SMART PHONE. Yes.. a smart phone with more than 16gb is just ridiculous.. with the exception maybe of the Galaxy Note, which is somewhere between a phone and tablet. Tablets however are mini computers with touchscreens. They are nanoBooks if you like. They are for doing many things on that phones are capable of doing "badly". Like playing HD (relative to the screensize) video, playing HD games (again relatively speaking), storing all your photos on to take with you instead of relying on unreliable cloud storage and so on and so forth. I get tired of listen to the same 100 or so songs.. the same handful of videos.. so what you're saying is that I need to plan days, weeks, months in advance so that I am not caught out and have old content on board? I have to connect to wifi (or 3/4g.. lol) and download gigabytes of video content....? Sorry but no.. just no. You are obviously shortsighted and are dragging everyone down with you.

  • bedwa

    I hate to say it, but I agree.... (and yes. I prefer larger storage. I bought and formatted a 64gb SD card for my last phone and didn't pick up my G-nex until the injunction due to the lack of an SD card slot)

    You are 100% spot on with the target audience and how tablets are aimed at pure consumption, even more than phones since phones do not have unlimited data anymore. (Most of the time....)

  • Chris Pedersen

    This actually makes a lot of sense to me. Google is specifically portraying this tablet as a media consumption device, and a powerful one at that, able to compete in or even create a market for the 7 inch tablet. I mean this thing could have included and SD card reader, or even a rear camera (and cost is not a good enough reason not to include these) but im nearly positive that Google purposely left these features out. I like to think about the people developing products and the teams of people they probably hire to make a tablet come together and have an identity. The people who are questioning Google's decision not to include these features already are not targeted consumers. They aren't hoping to dope you into buying an inadequate tablet they are just hoping to appeal to a certain audience by making the best product for that audience

  • Mike

    Wow! So wrong. You must have been on the Google design team. The 8GByte model was a flop!

  • SJAY1

    Okay, firstly, my English teacher right now would be saying that you're essay was bad. Why? You didn't answer the question. I came to this article to find out about the storage situation on the Nexus 7, and all I got was unrelated information on the tablet.

    Putting this aside, 16gb is not a lot of space and EASY to blow.

    16gb formatted will be 14.5gb in reality.

    Then we have songs, average amount of songs is well over 1000, more like 7000. If these songs were all sourced from the iTunes store, or Google store, they will be high quality, and lets say 4.5gb.

    That leaves us with 10gb.

    Android Apps/Games take up alot of space. Some games are 1gb each, and certainly some apps are 1gb each. Not ALL apps are 1gb each, but many are.

    I just bought the 32gb Nexus and own a 16gb iPhone.

    I had to trim 500 songs from my iTunes library (how many do you need) to fit onto my iPhone 5 16gb. The rest is apps (only about 40-50).

    My point is, the low storage options are not good, or sufficient for a user using their tablet for all things.

  • Luke Green

    Use micro USB to OTG and you can expand storage of any 4.0+ device without SD card. Very cheap too look it up