Five Things To Do With Your “old” Nexus 7

Those who know me know that I am a gadget hound. I love getting my hands on the latest and greatest gadgets that I can afford. So when the new Nexus 7 was released, I immediately got one. Now I have two Nexus 7 devices. If you are like me, you now have to figure out what to do with the old one. Here are a five things that I have considered:

1. Donate it. While this might not be the most popular option to choose, it’s better than just throwing it into a desk d rawer to gather dust. Think of the donation it as a way of providing a piece of technology to deserving individual who otherwise could not afford to buy it themselves. Look at it as promoting the use of technology. Plus. if your family is like mine, they have no problem taking my tech hand-me-downs 🙂

2. Sell it. If you’re not to hot of the idea of just giving away your year-old device, consider finding someone willing to buy it from you. You might have some takers if it is priced right.

3. Install Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview. Ubuntu Touch is a touchscreen mobile interface designed for tablets being developed by Canonical, the ones responsible for the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Ubuntu Touch utilizes the same core technologies as the Ubuntu Desktop, so applications will run on either platform. As with any developer preview application (translation: beta software) use at your own risk.

How to install Ubuntu Touch on the Google Nexus 7

4. Trade it in at GameStop for in-store credit. You can get anywhere from $47.00 up to about $94.00 in-store credit for your old Nexus 7 at GameStop. Of course how much you get depends on the condition of the particular model you are trading in. The in-store credit that you receive can be used for buying that new game you’ve wanted to play or applying it to your Xbox One or PS4 pre-order. Alternatively, if you opt for cash, you can still get between $37.00 and $75.00 (again, depending on the condition and model).

5. Gazelle it.  Gazelle.com is an online reCommerce service. Basically, it’s a site that will allow you to get cash for electronic devices that you may have lying around. I have used them in the past and have been very satisfied with their service. I haven’t used them recently because they have limited the types of items that they will take (translation: they focus mainly on Apple products) but fortunately the Nexus 7 is an item they will take off your hands. Expect between $43.00 and $61.00 for one of the wi-fi only versions. The 3G models will fetch between $86.00 and $90.00. As with the GameStop trade-in program, how much you get depends on the model and condition you are selling.

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