Originally Posted by rdalcanto
We pre-order with the expectation that we will get one even if it sells out, and that we will have it at the same time as the stores, or possibly earlier (my brother got his S3 five days before the in-store release). To get the device to the pre-order people AFTER the in-store release, would not make any sense at all. Pre-order customers are the ones who are the most interested in the device and have shown the highest level of commitment to purchasing the device. We don't expect to be punished by having to wait 2 extra days - that's all.
That sounds good in theory. Many Nexus 7 pre order customers got their tablets after they'd been released to stores. Many people were trying to cancel their pre order so they could just walk in the store and grab one but Google said no.
Also with pre orders they can start shipping and not have enough to send out to all those who pre ordered and those folks will end up getting theirs when the next batch goes out.