Why the Nexus 7 isn’t worth your time and money… yet.

The Selling Point

On paper, the Asus made Google Nexus 7 is a lovely piece of hardware. 2GB of RAM, a 1920×1200 pixel display with a stunning 323 pixels per inch, and of course a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. All this for $339 (AUD) really does pack a punch.

So where could this deal go wrong?

User reports of erratic touchscreen issues are widespread and it is clear that it is not something that effects just a few devices. Google stated it released a fix for the issues in a JSS15Q update. This “fix” certainly didn’t fix my Nexus 7. In fact, some people from the lengthy Google thread stated that the JSS15Q/J triggered the bug for them.

When users are not holding the device, the touch screen registers two touches as three, four or five; or worse, registers one as two! There have also been reports of phantom touches, swipes and freezes.

Furthermore reports over Whirlpool and XDA forums are suggesting that there could be quality control issues given the large amount of devices with dead pixels, dust under their screens and GPS issues.

The Nexus 7 2013 was by far the best tablet I have ever used. I want to make that clear. However, if Google wants to retain its customer base to remain loyal and ensure sales keep on a good trajectory – they need to make sure issues like this aren’t happening.

I returned my Nexus 7 for a Note 8 and have not looked back since. Sure, I need to get used too TouchWiz, but at least it is working. My verdict? If you want one of these bad boys, wait it out. Don’t fork out your hard earned bucks just yet.


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