Why You Need to Think Twice Before Buying the New Nexus 7

Google finally announced the new Nexus 7 tablet, a tablet that will come with some loaded specifications including 4G LTE data for Verizon. However, while the new Nexus 7 will be tempting to many buyers, there is reason to think twice about buying Google’s brand new 7-inch tablet.

At its event earlier today, Google, as expected, debuted both Android 4.3 and the new Nexus 7, a device that will be hitting shelves on July 30th and one that has already replaced the older Nexus 7 on the Google Play Store.

The device has some big shoes to fill as the previous Nexus 7 was considered by many to be one of the best 7-inch tablets on the market joining the iPad mini from Apple and the Kindle Fire HD.

On paper, the new Nexus 7 seems like a worthy successor to the older model. Instead of a display capable of 720p resolution, the new model sports 1080p capabilities with a display that Google is touting as the best in the 7-inch range of tablets.

It comes with an upgraded Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor from Qualcomm that should help to produce better performance in terms of gaming, multitasking and battery life.

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The new Nexus 7 comes with a 5MP rear camera, something the previous model did not have. It features a new slim, lightweight design that puts the older model to shame. It also features 4G LTE data as it comes unlocked for AT&T, T-Mobile and yes, Verizon Wireless, the United States’ largest 4G LTE service provider.

Google’s new 7-inch tablet offers all of that at an extremely affordable price. The Wi-Fi only 16GB checks in at $230 while the 32GB model will run consumers $270. Both are cheaper than the starting price of the iPad mini. The 32GB 4G LTE model is a little more expensive but still checks in at a relatively cheap $350 which is only $30 more expensive than the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini and just about $100 cheaper than the 16GB 4G LTE iPad mini.

Like the original Nexus 7, it’s a tempting tablet to be sure. However, despite all of the benefits and attractive features, there is reason for buyers to pause and think twice about buying Google’s new Nexus 7. We’re not saying don’t buy it, but we’re saying that there some things to keep in mind before plopping money down on July 30th.

Here’s why.

Nexus Problems

Nexus devices of all shapes and sizes tend to have issues.

Nexus devices of all shapes and sizes tend to have issues.

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As owners of mobile devices know, devices of all shapes and sizes tend to have kinks, bugs, and issues. However, Google’s Nexus devices seem to have a knack for attracting issues. In particular, owners of the Nexus 7 have had to endure numerous issues since the device’s launch last year.

At the beginning, we saw a number of production issues afflict owners of the Nexus 7. From dead pixels to adhesives failing to do their job to nightmarish stories about the return process, the Nexus 7 did not launch without its fair share of issues. However, those are not the issues that prospective new Nexus 7 buyers should be aware of.

After the update to Android 4.2, things went downhill fast for many Nexus 7 owners. Devices began to randomly reboot. There was a huge drop in performance with many complaining about sluggishness. Battery life became abysmal for many and some Nexus 7’s, including my own, started to take hours to charge. Many of those issues have persisted to this day.

Read: Android 4.2 Issues Frustrating Verizon Galaxy Nexus Users.

Nexus 4 owners have complained about many of these Android 4.2 issues as well. Same goes for Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners. Turns out, it’s not always fun being first to Google software.

Nexus devices are called Nexus for a reason. They are aimed at users like developers and Android enthusiasts who want to tinker with new Android software as soon as possible. What this means is that while they get their updates first, they are essentially guinea pig devices, lab rats. Nexus owners get the brunt of the problems and Google then picks up on those, heads back into testing, and fixes them though updates are often scarce.

Android 4.3 will hopefully wipe away many of the bugs that arrived with Android 4.2 for the Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and others but unfortunately for some Nexus 7 owners, like myself, Android 4.3 will never arrive.

My Nexus 7 is Dead

See, today, in my excitement, I went to go grab my Nexus 7 (which has pretty much been sitting idle since the charging issues began) to charge it up and prepare it for the Android 4.3 update that is supposed to start rolling out today.

I plugged in the charger, and waited, and waited, and waited. It has now been six hours since I first started charging my Nexus 7 and it’s clear that it’s never going to boot back up. My Nexus 7 is dead, a discovery that I conveniently made on the same day that the new Nexus 7 emerged.

I’d love to tell buyers that this is an isolated issue but it’s not. Nexus 7 horror stories are nothing new. In fact, several weeks ago, there was an uproar about Nexus 7 devices dying, possibly due to faulty memory. Turns out, I’m not the only one with a dead Nexus 7.

My Nexus 7 is dead.

My Nexus 7 won’t turn on any more.

Since buying it back in July, it’s just been headache, after headache, after headache. Same goes for my Verizon Galaxy Nexus which is just riddled with bugs and is all but unusable on Android 4.2. It would be great to be able to bring them to a Google Store to get them looked at, but the company still isn’t on the same level as Apple.

When Google announced the new Nexus 7 today, it made no mention of these issues. Of the bugs found on Android 4.2. Like any good pitch, the company touched on all of the successes of the previous model and the bright future of the new one.

So while I’m not saying don’t buy the new Nexus 7, I’m saying to keep this all in mind ahead of its July 30th release date. Think twice about spending that money. Do your research. And maybe most important, wait a few weeks or months before taking the plunge because unfortunately, the Nexus water can be murky.