Reasons Why You Should Stay Away From Nexus 7

Will the low cost Google Nexus 7 tablet end up being a 'cheap' disaster?

 Google has successfully attracted the tablet market with its latest Android 4.1 Nexus 7 tablet. The $199 Nexus 7 has wooed the tablet crowd to the extent, that Google had to cease taking pre-orders of the 16 GB model, owing to huge demand. So, what exactly did the crowd find attractive in it? Price is clearly a winning proposition, so is the fact that this is first tablet direct from Google's kitty.

So if you are already considering owning a Nexus 7, have a rare peep inside the Nexus 7. 


Nexus 7 cannot read your pen drive: There is no USB OTG support on the Nexus 7, so, you cannot plug in your pen drive to watch movies.

There's hardly any apps in Android 4.1 Jelly BeanA few days back Google released the software development kit (SDK) for Android Jelly Bean, so, it will take a while before you get to have a host of applications. Currently, Jelly Bean apps are limited in number.

No expandable memory slot: If you are planning to buy the 16 GB model, kindly note that you will end up getting around 12 GB of usable disk space. There is no facility to expand memory via external card slot. Just ask this question- what is 12 GB of memory in the age of high definition videos? You will always have to compromise on your old multimedia content to store new ones.

Google seems to have compromised too much just to achieve one aspect- price. Price is important but not at the cost of functionality. Several other complaints came up from Android fans like:

Screen separation: The display in several Nexus 7 tablets is creaking when touched at a certain point. The display seems to be faulty. Though it might be solved manually but if you are facing such problems, please get it replaced under Google's 15-day return policy.

Charging complain: Google seems to be in a real hurry to deliver its tablets. Chris Zeigler at The Verge reported that his Nexus 7 does not simply charge. He tried different wall chargers, but nothing worked. Zeigler even called Google Customer Support, which replied that the company does not provide warranty on Nexus 7 units sold through local retailers and insisted Zeigler to check with the retailer. Evidently, many other users are also facing the same issue.

Touch problem: If you are playing high end graphics games optimised for Tegra 3 on the tablet, then the touch detection might be a problem. This is due to over heating of the Tegra 3 processor that interacts with display and reduces the responsiveness at a specified portion on the display.

Microphone issue: Users at XDA Developers forum are complaining of a dead microphone in Nexus 7 tablet. So, check yours and use the Google's return policy effectively. 

Ghosting effect: Ghosting effect is a situation where a particular image is retained on the screen. This is a major issue with high pixel density IPS panels. The effect can be seen properly if you put the Nexus 7 tablet on full brightness level.

The complain log is steadily getting packed with issues, so watch out before buying this Jelly Bean!

6 comments:

  1. I've heard a lil about it,not much...but im gonna hold out to see what google does. If not I can always get a Nexus 7...Remember Nexus devices get updates years down the line... I doubt any of the TF tabs will get the next iteration of Android after JB. thanks<3

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    1. Thanks Jade for your opinion. When I posted this then there were the above problems with Nexus 7 but now Google is working hard on it and had rectified some of them.

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  3. Hi, a lot of thanks for sharing. I just got a nexus 7 for 213 and its great for pdfs mantano is almost as smooth as iBook on ios . and its quick enough for daily task. GPS works as well too but you can't search for restaurants with out WiFi. Cheers~@Harriet

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  4. I don't know about Nexus 7 i am using Nexus 4 and its work really good and its quality of sound and graphic is fab and i will read about nexus 7 i don't thing google nexus launched a bad product

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  5. hi..Im student from Informatics engineering, this article is very informative, thanks for sharing :)

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