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New 32GB Nexus 7 (2012) Available on Woot Today for $149

We wouldn’t normally point out a year-and-a-half old tablet as a potentially good buy, but when it shows up on Woot! in “new” condition for $149, it may actually be worth a look. Such is the case with the Nexus 7 (2012), that is today’s daily deal on the bargain bin site. The tablet launched in the summer of 2012, seemed to take the Android tablet game by storm with its insanely low price and decent set of specs, and was the first in a line of tablets that most Android enthusiasts consider a “must have” each year. 

For those who forgot already, the original Nexus 7 sported a Tegra 3 (quad-core) processor, 1GB RAM, 7-inch (1280 x 800) display, 4325mAh battery, and a front-facing camera. The model in today’s deal includes 32GB of storage as well. It’s also running Android 4.4.2, meaning it has yet to lose support from Google.

Here is our review of the 2012 Nexus 7.

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Cheers Ivo!
  • J. Gilbertson

    Bought my wife one of these with 16GB and she still loves it to this day. It’s been a great investment for her. I’m almost kinda wishing I had one too even with my Galaxy Note 10.1. 7 inch tablet is just more comfortable to hold than a 10 inch.

  • Chuck Ehrlich

    Does anyone know where to get a 16gb 2013 model cheaper than $229?

  • kamkid279

    Still rocking my 16GB Nexus 7 (2012). Thing still works like a champ, very speedy didn’t see a reason to get the N7 2013. I feel bad for my sister, she has the 32 GB 2012 N7, hers runs really slow with Stock 4.4.2. Oh the beauty of what rooting and ROM-ing can do. Seriously if your 2012 N7 isn’t rooted I highly recommend you do it and throw a rom on. It’ll make a huge difference.

  • Al-Burrit0

    My question is if Google has canceled the nexus 10 2nd gen?

  • Anthony

    My 2012 Nexus 7 runs like crap now. It’s almost unusable. It sometimes takes 20-30 seconds for apps to load. Basic apps like Gmail or Chrome. 4.3 (Trim) or 4.4 didn’t help like they were supposed to. I would not recommend the 2012 version to anyone. Verdict is still how out the 2013 edition. Since that one cost more, they probably used higher quality parts so that issue might be resolved.

  • enigmaco

    Groupon is selling the refurb of it as well for the same price.

  • Jordan

    I really wanted to get a nexus 7, but the bezel is too huge to even consider for me.

    • charesa39

      I can agree with you on that. When I first saw it on display in the store, they looked HUGE. I think we’ve all been spoiled lately with very thin bezels on our phones. But last week, when I was able to get the a 32GB N7 (2013) for just $170, I had to jump on it. It’s actually not as bad now that I’ve been using it for a week. The quality and price are near impossible to beat. I don’t regret getting it one bit.

  • Raven

    So, any ideas on what one should do with a boot-looped Nexus 7 2012? The pack rat in me can’t bring myself to just throw it, and it still probably has some personal data on it. The problem is that it continually reboots about 10 seconds after the lock screen shows up. I have tried to reflash it, but although I can get connected, it is like nothing takes, almost as if the flash memory has become read only.

  • sc0rch3d

    does anyone have a solid way to get a new LCD/digitizer for the 2012? I have found plenty of how to videos, but overwhelmed by the number of people selling the parts? I don’t want to have to buy a new one.

    • HybridAndy

      My 3 year old son dropped mine and cracked the screen. I bought a new screen and digitizer off ebay (just some random 99% feedback reseller) for around $60. Installation was pretty simple (ended up with one extra screw but that happens) and after a month or two (and few more drops) there’s a little artifact that shows on the screen when it’s trying to display all black but it works fine.

      I’ve been very happy with it and looking forward to seeing what the Nexus 7 2014 looks like. Might turn this over the kids full time and get myself something new. Would love some front facing speakers on the new version.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Not worth it.

    • sirmeili

      I disagree. I wish this was the 16GB version for $120 (or less), but I have big plans for these. I plan on using these around the house for home automation controllers. I already have apps that allow me to wake the table, open the HA app if it’s not in focus and turn to the correct dashboard in the app. Using the pogo docks (only $30), I can put these in each of my rooms and get a ton more functionality than a normal HA wall controller. For instance, I can have one in the master bath and as soon as it sees you move in there, it can turn on the tablet and depending on the time of day give you different screens with different scenes devices to control.

      Another great thing to do is I will be able to trigger all of the tablets on and turn on the camera by the front door when someone rings the door bell (and eventually I hope to open up 2 way communication). I could use the cheaper Android tablets, but the best thing about using these is that they are still usable as tablets!!! Just take it out of the dock and use it to watch Hulu or something.

      *I prefer the pogo dock because I can at least then hook it up into the whole house audio. I plan on using some 2013s for wall mounts using the wireless chargers hidden in the wall and perhaps BT radios for the same affect. The tablets will be removable so that you can use it for something else (like a nice remote for the living room once they crack the Harmony Ultimate network protocols, which they are close to doing. This would allow me to control anythign controllable by the harmony ultimate with my HA controller).

      Basically, kinda worth it, especially if you are looking for the Pogo Docks, which I am (especially for the master bath and master bedroom)

  • mcdonsco

    I sooooooo wish I could find my 2013 N7…misplaced it back in December…Android Device Manager shows it last reported being used on December 26th…I was home all day that day…Searched the house 🙁 Really would have been nice for android device manager to report it’s last known location as well.

    • sc0rch3d

      use the RING feature…?

      • mcdonsco

        tried…battery likely died around the 26th (which is why it shows that as last used date). I had just gotten a new tablet (ipad, for work) so I was using that for a while and not using the N7 at all while initially playing with it, battery died…can’t find it.

    • jbegs

      Check your couch cushions!

      • mcdonsco

        Did…I’m so OCD I’ve checked EVERYWHERE in the house…funny thing is, just before losing it we had the significant others ENTIRE local family over for Xmas and she warned me that two of them were known for being shitheads that sometimes lift things from families homes…Being that my memory is crap, I can’t 100% know for sure, but I suspect I hid it before they came over and apparently hid it so well I can’t find it now.

        • Ej McCarty

          I wouldn’t have let them into my house in the first place haha.

          • mcdonsco

            Turned out they weren’t nearly as bad as my significant other led me to believe…kids really. But, I wasn’t taking chances before I met them!

  • charesa39

    Seeing this price makes me very happy that I was able to get a brand new N7 (2013) for only $20 more last week from Staples.

    • normmcgarry

      I like shopping on a budget because I”m super cheap, but I totally agree. The small price difference for the 2013 doesn’t even make this deal worth considering, in my opinion.

    • skinja99

      How did you get it so cheap?
      Was there a deal?
      16GB or 32GB?


      • charesa39

        Microcenter had the 16GB for $180, and the 32GB for $200. So I got Staples to pricematch the $200 for the 32GB, then used a coupon code for $30 off a tablet of $150 or more. Grand total with tax and free shipping came out to like $183. Technically, they’re not supposed to do this, but if you get the right CSR… 😉

        • Ej McCarty

          got my new nexus 7 2013 for almost 80 bucks. Got staples to pricematch to walmart’s 2012 refurbished model at 129 then then 50 dollar coupon they had on tablets. I’m almost positive the kid that let me do it was very stupid, but hey, it worked so I’m happy and he’s none the wiser.

      • chjapa

        Slick deals brother. Slick deals.

    • chjapa

      And you have a much better chance that the touchscreen will actually function.

  • Steve B

    It’s a trap!

  • Philip J. Fry

    Still use mine everyday. It’s amazing what franco can do for a device.

  • BK

    Good to see the ol’ beauty hanging on. A decent buy for some people

  • Logan Jinks

    As much as I love the Nexus line, I won’t be buying this model of Nexus 7 again after mine got unbearably slow and laggy.

    • Chief738

      Dat tegra 3

      • Steve B

        This. The quad that performs like a dual.

        • Chief738

          Yeah it does poor thing

    • athom07

      I liked my Nexus 7 quite a bit, but it was plagued by problems almost immediately. And it did not age gracefully.

    • Walter Partlo

      4.1 had it running great, 4.2.x killed it, 4.3 was markedly better, and 4.4 keeps it running good enough until it dies.