From what I have read, if you buy from Google Play, then Google handles the warranty and will reportedly cross ship in some cases. Buying from a brick and mortar or from an on line seller, then you are subject to their return/warranty policy, which if it is outside of the return period, usually means that it would go to Asus for repair. Asus, from my experience has very good repair service, but then again, you are looking at close to 3 weeks turn around time. My suggestion is to weigh instant gratification and no shipping cost against the additional "No Tablet" time in the event of the need for repair. Personally if I decide to give the Nexus 10 a try, I will go with the brick and mortar option.