Interesting warranty information regarding Google vs other retailers
Like most of you here, I preordered a 8GB Nexus 7 from the Google Play Store soon after the announcement. However, when J&R had their 4th of July sale, I bought the 16GB for the same price (free shipping + no tax) and canceled my Google Play order.
Yesterday, I got a shipping notification from the Google Play Store so I called today to see if I could refuse shipping, and the customer service representative told me interesting news regarding the warranty:
He said if I ordered from a retailer other than Google, all warranty claims would be handled directly by ASUS. That could mean shipping to/from and a wait for your device to get repaired.
However, if you order from Google, all warranty claims will be handled by Google, and they will ship an advanced-replacement no questions asked with free shipping of your old tablet.
Thought I'd share with the community this information. This news is enough for me to just accept my Google Play order and cancel my J&R order considering this is a first-generation device which could have some manufacturing bugs in it.
There are varying reports of whether or not this is true. What IS true is that without this written on paper, this statement by the CS rep is worthless. Worth giving a call and finding out for yourself. Hopefully it's true.
This reminds me: I bought the Nexus One from Google way back and the repair process was done completely through Google, not HTC. They sent me a new one and I put the old one in the box and shipped it back for free, just like this CS rep said for the Nexus 7. Just another hint that this may be true based on past experiences.