One of the most buzzworthy items on display at Google I/O was the ASUS produced Nexus 7 tablet. Available in both 8GB and 16GB versions, Google indicated their target was a $200 price point. Google did meet that target, but at what cost?
Reviewers have identified a couple limitations involving the amount of storage available, especially for the 8GB model. A look at internal storage on the 8GB version reveals only 5.92 GB are available for end users. The other 2+ GB are consumed by system files. To add to the storage squeeze, Google opted to not include a microSD card option in the Nexus 7. So what you have is what you get.
One option for buyers of the 8GB model to get around the storage constraint is to make use of cloud services. The caveat, of course, is that access to cloud services is only going to be available where a wifi connection can be made. A second option would be to move up the chain and pick up the 16GB model.
Is the small amount of onboard memory and lack of expansion options going to be a deal breaker for buyers of the 8GB Nexus 7? Will the the combination of an otherwise strong set of specifications and a low price point be enough to get buyers to deal with the storage limits?