Retailers over The Pond have already sold out of the Google Nexus 7, as signs continue to mount that Android tablets might finally be ready to mount a serious challenge to the iPad.
According to reports, a slew of US retailers including Sam’s Club, Staples and GameStop have declared they are short of stock of the just-released slate. And while those chains aren’t exactly household names in Blighty and in some cases sound like folksy, mom-and-pop businesses, trust us when we say that’s big news.
The shortages are such that some retailers have informed customers that orders taken now won’t be despatched for another two weeks.
The tablet’s strong showing suggests that in the shape of its cheap price point of £159 for the entry-level model and slim, seven-inch dimensions, Google has hit on the formula that could see Android slates emerge as a credible alternative to Apple’s iPad.
Recent figures showed that despite impressive 2011 US sales for the Android Kindle Fire, which is pitched closely to the Nexus 7 and has yet to come to the UK, the iPad still accounts for over 70 per cent of the tablet market.
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