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Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 Update Review



This Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 update review will help you decide if you should install this update on the newest Nexus 7 tablet. Google is still slowly rolling out a small Android 5.0.2 update to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 and after a week of use we can share how well this performs on the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi model.

This review is especially important given the lackluster early performance of the Nexus 7 2012 Android 5.0.2 update that brought a slowdown in overall performance. Thankfully there are no similar problems with the Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update.

For many users the Android 5.0.2 update is a small bug fix that brings the Nexus 7 2013 from Android 5.0.1 to Android 5.0.2, but if you plan to upgrade from Android 4.4 KitKat directly to Android 5.0.2 you may want to read our initial Nexus 7 Android 5.0 Lollipop review for more.

The Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 update performance impresses.

The Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 update performance impresses.

Here are the important details about the Nexus 7 Android 5.0.2 update that you need to know now before you start the upgrade on your Nexus 7 2013 tablet.

Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 Review

The primary thing that you need to remember about this Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 review is that it is very unlikely that we use the same apps, home networking hardware and services. This means that our experiences may vary slightly. The good news is that it is possible to downgrade to an older version if you experience any issues.

After a week using the Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 update this is a clear winner and I can share my experiences in full below, with a focus on five key areas that are most important.


There is no change to the performance and speed of the Nexus 7 2013 after installing the Android 5.0.2 update. The tablet is not brand new, but it still feels incredibly fast compared to the Nexus 7 2012 model. Using the Nexus 7 2013 to watch a movie, check Facebook, surf the web and other tasks including switching apps and multitasking are snappy.


After running through a collection of apps to see if there are any crashes and problems I could not find any issues. I tested Netflix, Facebook, Google Play Music, a handful of games and productivity apps like Gmail and Google Hangouts without any problems. We are also not hearing about a large number of app issues after installing the Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 update. If you run into problems you should update your apps, which may fix some issues.

Overall the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update on the Nexus 7 2013 is a great upgrade.

Overall the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update on the Nexus 7 2013 is a great upgrade.

Android 5.0.2 Battery Life

The Nexus 7 battery life remains good after the Android 5.0.2 update. Sometimes small updates like this can cause fast draining or problems with standby time, but the Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 battery life is as good as before the update. It is hard to quantify, but the standby battery life seems much better.

WiFi & Bluetooth

WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity on the Nexus 7 2013 are operating perfectly. I connected to several networks including a personal hotspot and connected Bluetooth headphones to the Nexus 7 without any problems.

Bugs & Issues

There are some Nexus Android 5.0.2 problems, but so far using the new Material Design and other features on the Nexus 7 2013 is a joy. You should definitely read that list of potential bugs and issues before you update, but our experience on the  Nexus 7 2013 model is still very good.

Should You Install the Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 Update?

Even with some users reporting problems, the Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.0.2 update is one that we are comfortable recommending to most users. The performance is good, core features like WiFi and Bluetooth are as good as always and we did not run into any app problems. Whether you are upgrading to Android 5.0.2 from Android 4.4 KitKat or just jumping from Android 5.0.1 to Android 5.0.2 this is a solid performer.

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  1. Meyeurus

    02/19/2015 at 3:48 am

    The simple question posed above: “Should you install Android 5.0.2 on the old Nexus 7 2012?”
    Answer: No, no, no, NO!!!. Any of the Innovations are of little use on a Nexus 7 that then runs s l o w l y, has glitches and takes an age to turn on and be ready. The swipe to unlock function doesn’t work for quite a while and your tablet is likely to switch itself of at any moment. If like me you had a perfectly working Nexus 7 that was quick, reliable and fully functioning I’d recommend you AVOID this update like the plague. I wish I had!

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