Nexus 7 16GB Owners Reporting Lag Issues with Less Than 3GB Free

It seems owners of the Nexus 7 16GB are experiencing severe performance issues when the device’s free storage capacity dips below the 3GB mark.

According to Android Police, as well as several forum posts, 16GB Nexus 7 owners are seeing their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet lag severely when the device’s free storage space goes below 3GB.

Users are saying that once the device goes below the 3GB threshold, its performance dips to the point where it’s almost unusable.¬†Apps apparently lag to the point where they aren’t practical to use and the interface becomes extremely jerky due to the slow down.

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Nexus 7 16GB owners are seeing severe performance issues when the device has less than 3GB of storage available.

The issue has seemingly by benchmarks that show that performance is much better when the device has more than 3GB of free storage space. It doesn’t appear like the 8GB model is affected. The 8GB Nexus 7 uses different eMMc memory which is its likely savior.

At this point, for 16GB Nexus 7 owners, it appears that there is only one way to avoid the issue.

The solution is to delete content until the device’s storage capacity possesses more than 3GB of free storage and then make sure that the storage never exceeds 3GB.

Until Asus fixes the issue, and it’s possible that it can’t or won’t, this is the only way that some 16GB Nexus 7 owners are going to be able to keep the lag at bay.

It’s unclear if all 16GB Nexus 7 models are affected by this issue but judging by the amount of posts from owners, it appears that many are currently experiencing the issue. And unfortunately, this is the largest capacity that the Nexus 7 comes in which means that many owners, until a fix arrives, are actually dealing with a 12GB Nexus 7 because of all of the pre-installed stuff that’s on board.

While I haven’t been over the 3GB mark yet on my 16GB Nexus 7, I probably will make it there at some point, and this issue worries me quite a bit, especially since I’m not getting what I paid both storage and performance wise.

Have any of you with a 16GB Nexus 7 seen this issue?