Google also offers a higher-end model of the Nexus 7, this one with 16GB of storage that goes for $249. According to iSuppli, doubling the storage capacity of the tablet costs Google and Asus just $7.50. By charging you a premium price for a low-cost upgrade, Google turns its cheap tablet into a nice moneymaker. If you fall for the 16GB model, youâ€™re Googleâ€™s sucker.
Itâ€™s not just Google. Charging a lot of money for extra storage on phones and tablets has become a significant source of the tech industryâ€™s profits. Thereâ€™s only one company to blame (or credit) for this trend: Apple, of course.