Yesterday I received my third Nexus 7 (2013 edition) by way of a Groupon deal that ends later today. The offer is new, not refurbished, versions of the 16 GB model for $149. That’s down from the $199 list price, which was an unbelievable bargain in the first place.
There are dozens of cheap Android tablets to be had, but few that run Lollipop. In my case, my existing Nexus 7, which has a few scrapes and nicks, will be rotated into a utility role, very likely as a pseudo-Squeezebox.
I really like the ASUS Official Nexus 7 Tablet (2013) Dock which has both a micro-USB port for charging & connectivity, and a micro-HDMI port for connecting to a monitor.
Around here I use the dock on my desk. It keeps the tablet powered and in a sensible orientation, while I run it’s output into Wirecast for video capture. Being invested in accessories makes the device even more sticky.
While such offers no doubt signal that this tablet is near the end of it’s production lifespan, it’s been such a great device for me that rotating a new one into service just feels sensible.