$199 Google Nexus 7’s Achilles Heel

Those interested in a $199 Google Nexus 7 tablet are going to have to deal with a very small amount of storage space.

According to Brian Klug, who is an editor at AnandTech.com, the 8GB Nexus 7 only sports 5.92GB of storage space. That is the total amount of usable space on the Nexus 7 after factoring in a number of things including Apps, Pictures, Videos, and Audio.

The biggest culprit here are the Applications that are taking up a whopping 224MB of space. Actually, that’s not so whopping on other tablets with more room but on the Nexus 7, that’s quite a bit of space.

Pictures and videos take up 11.91MB and audio is 20KB.

Read: MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review: 256GB is Not Enough…

$199 Google Nexus 7 Only Has 5.92GB of Storage Space
The $199 Google Nexus 7 has a large Achilles heel.

This would not be so much of a problem if the Google Nexus 7 also had a microSD card slot on board for expandable memory. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t have a microSD card slot which means users are going to be stuck with a whole 5.92GB of storage. That could be a major issue for those that want to download lots of applications or store an HD movie for a trip where internet isn’t accessible.

HD movies generally are a couple of GB in size.

Read: 5 Things I’d Change About the Google Nexus 7.

This of course makes the 16GB Nexus 7, which costs $249, a lot more attractive. It also means that those who were originally planning to buy the 8GB Nexus 7 might want to think things through.


After all, users of the 16GB new iPad (like myself) have had trouble adhering to that kind of storage limit. 5.92GB of storage space is smaller than most smartphones on the market.

Google announced the Nexus 7 tablet yesterday at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco.

The device features a 7-inch display that will feature 1280×800 resolution. It will feature a Tegra 3 quad-core processor from NVIDIA. It also features a front-facing camera for video chatting purposes, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support, and up to 9 hours of HD video.


  1. While I agree that it would be nice to have a slot for extra storage, I believe the point of the device is that most of what you want is stored in the cloud.

  2. Why do the numbers not add up? Total space is quoted as 5.92GB. Available is 5.22GB. So where did the 700MB go? It only declares 230MB as being used? I’ve noticed this on my 16GB model. It claims 13.24GB total, 2.50GB free but only declares 7.9GB as being used. So where is the other 2.8GB? Really the 16GB model should be advertised as “10GB”.

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