Android Army gains a convert
And it is all thanks to the Nexus 7. (Warning:tl;dr)
Why would Google take a hit on profits to produce, at the time, the best tablet per dollar on the market? Why sell a tablet for 199/249 that outperforms many of it's brethren that cost 1/3 more than it does? Why not just raise the price to make more on the hardware at the expense of some sales? The answer, without sounding grandiose, is me.
I have been an iOS user since 2007. I walked into an AT&T store in '07 and plopped down the dough for an iPhone OG. I had seen the future, and this was it. I can combine my phone and iPod, watch video, and web browse on my cell Phone? I was interested when Android hit the scene, but my hands on with early versions of android.....left me wanting is a nice way to put it. Like many early iPhone adopters, my experience of early android devices made me stick with iOS for years. I upgraded the the 3GS when it was released, then the 4S after that. Before the flaming starts, let me say that I wasn't totally against Android. I'm a gadget freak, so I noticed when iOS would "borrow" a feature or two. The problem was that I had seen the early versions, so when upgrade time rolled around, I couldn't imagine keeping an android phone for 2 years. After receiving my Nexus 7, I was smitten. Jelly Bean hadn't just caught up with iOS, it had surpassed it .
Bringing it all together:
That $250 trojan horse Google shipped to my doorstep had captured me. ME! A guy who had 3 iterations of iPhone and had no plans to ever get an android phone, now has an HTC One. It was a gamble, but I think it was a forward thinking move by Google. Try and capture market share in the long term by sacrificing short term profit.
Private Bandit reporting for duty