The Nexus 7 was the first really successful Android tablet that wasn't made by a bookseller (meaning that wasn't the Kindle Fire or Nook). Already nicely priced at $199 for a 16GB wi-fi model, $249 for a 32GB wi-fi model, and $299 for a 32GB HSPA+ (AT&T or T-Mobile frequencies).
It's an excellent tablet, and one that has overtaken the iPad in gadget crazy Japan. To grease the wheels of those who might want to buy one, and perhaps to draw users away from rival T-Mobile, AT&T has announced a promotion:
Through February 14, 2013, receive a $100 AT&T bill credit by signing a 2 year service agreement on qualified postpaid standalone or Mobile Share plans. Activate on-device, visit an AT&T store or call 1-800-908-9859 to take advantage of this offer.The math is simple. That means -- assuming you latch onto the 3GB data tier, which is the first really usable one -- it is the equivalent of 3 1/3 months of data. If you went with the super-slim $15 plan you get 6 2/3 months of data.
The best deal is the $10 Mobile Share plan, which allows you to add the tablet to a plan that you already have. That would amount to 10 months of data. Of course, you have to already have AT&T service.
The Nexus 7 is built for Google by Asus. It comes with a 7-inch 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi), a 1.2MP front-facing camera (but no rear-facing camera, which could be a deal-breaker for some), 32 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less), 1 GB of RAM, Android 4.1, and an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
Notably, a similarly equipped iPad mini would cost $559, but without a contract.
However, remember that the Nexus 7 is about six months old already. For those who want to be on the cutting-edge, that's already obsolete. AT&T does offer month-to-month wireless plans, which can be canceled at any time without paying an early termination fee. but you won't get the $100 discount unless you sign a two-year contract.