Nexus 7 is the worst tablet

Dustin Earley for Android and Me in June:

I can’t find one person who has been using the Nexus 7 for an extended period of time, and hasn’t seen a massive downgrade in performance. Just what kind of downgrade are we talking here? I cannot pick up my Nexus 7 without experiencing problems like a lag of ten seconds, or more, just to rotate the display; touches refusing to acknowledged; stuttering notification panel actions; and unresponsive apps.

No wonder people don’t go online with it, they can’t even get it to work.



  • http://kuma.posterous.com/ Chris

    I have a nexus 7 and I just can’t bring myself to use it. iPad mini every time. The only time I did use it was for videos (better aspect ratio) but ultimately that proved to painful too.

    • @monkeydom

      I have the identical experience. Really tried to like it.

    • Anthony Domanico

      Same. I still have to use the Nexus 7 to do app reviews and the like, and hate it more and more each time I pick it up. Everything is just bogged down, even after factory resets.

      • http://www.techhog.com/ Mike Wewerka

        You know, I thought it was just me. I thought maybe I installed something that was causing the major drop in performance. Glad to see that I’m not alone. The thing is, I loved the size of the Nexus 7 so much, it’s great for reading, that I actually sold my iPad (3rd Gen) and bought an iPad Mini. Yeah, I missed the Retina display for the first day or so, but now I’m so glad I did the switch. Combine the iPad Mini with the Zagg Folio keyboard case and it’s a match made in heaven. My Nexus 7 now sits on the shelf under my nightstand, dead (drained battery).

        • Anthony Domanico

          that’s because there’s a huge difference between a 7″ and 8″ tablet as well. like, seriously huge difference.

  • http://www.deepakgupta.org/ Deepak Gupta

    I believe, the performance downgrade would be significant now since JB 4.3 will support multiple user profiles. Unless Google has made any under the hood changes to improve that. I’d the same thoughts on twitter earlier: https://twitter.com/deepakgupta1/status/360284608350261250

    • Jeff Slater

      Another article I read on the matter a while ago (don’t remember where) suspected the issue was with using cheapo flash memory that degraded in performance rapidly with use. So it wouldn’t really be fixable with software at all, is that’s the case – just a consequence of trying to make the cheapest product possible.

      • Timmy

        I thought the problem was caused by the lack of garbage collection. So very soon after a reset, if you fill your Nexus up with stuff, it will become slow.

        This, to me, is surprising as Google can control everything: software and hardware. But there seems to be a lack of care towards the end user. They seem to care about image only: Look we have the cheapest most fully featured tablet to buy! We are better than the competition!

        In the end, I just care if it works. And if it does, I’m happy to buy a Nexus 7. I don’t care if it’s Google, Microsoft, or Apple; I just want each of them to think about the product.

        • tylernol

          yes, this is related to the lack of TRIM support in the Android Linux kernel — garbage collection/coalescing is not happening correctly, forcing reads and writes to get scattered across multiple blocks and slowing down dramatically.

          • http://www.deepakgupta.org/ Deepak Gupta

            I haven’t done any real coding in years so I may be completely off base. If improper garbage collection is causing the problems, wouldn’t it get resolved once you restart the phone/tablet? Then slow down again after your device is up for days? These problems are persistent. May be some problems with how Android handles the file system?

          • tylernol

            this is not a heap problem in RAM, this a block/page problem in flash memory. Linux added “TRIM” support recently but Android has not yet apparently: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM

            so you can workaround the issue not by rebooting the device but by reformating/reflashing the SSD. There are some tools out there now that make this less painful but bottom line — why no support for TRIM yet Android?

          • http://www.deepakgupta.org/ Deepak Gupta

            Thanks for explaining. So assuming if 4.3 doesn’t support TRIM yet, the problem is going to get worse with multiple users. More fragmented data across the storage.

            PS: Don’t know why the last comment is showing up as Guest.

          • tylernol

            yes more SSD usage will make it worse.

      • http://www.deepakgupta.org/ Deepak Gupta

        From my personal experience and from what I have read around, the same problem exists with Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. So a cheap flash memory could be the cause (provided both Samsung and Asus used similar kind of memories). If that’s the case then, as you mentioned, a software upgrade won’t work.

        Using JB 4.1.2 on my Nexus S had become a PIA, so I flashed CyanogenMod 10.1 & it’s running smooth. Hopefully the performance won’t go down with continuos usage.

        And don’t get me started on other UX problems with Stock Android. No one, not even a nerd or a geek, wants to do regular maintenance on their phones like wiping cache, managing internal storage space, deleting/re-adding google accounts and some such.

        People want their phones/tablets to run without worrying about maintaining it. Google doesn’t understand it yet, but there is a company that does. ;)

  • Moltie

    Same here, bought a Nexus 7, worked well at first, than experienced lag, and lag, and lag…

    Sold it. Bought an iPad mini. Love it.

  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    I had problems when I had multi-user setup but reset and used one user and all has been spot on since. It definitely has lag though but never 10 seconds, most I see on rare occasions is 2-3 seconds.

    I look forward to 4.3 to see what that does but ultimately I’m going to the new Nexus very soon anyway as I believe they will have resolved the degrading memory problem by using better quality memory.

    • lucascott

      And yet folks still scream that Apple simply must put multiuser on their tablets

      • Jeff Slater

        Well, I’m sure if Apple did something like that, they’d do it right, not half-assedly.

      • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

        They do need to.

    • tylernol

      better quality memory has little to do with it. It is the lack of TRIM support in the Android Linux kernel. iOS has it. Android through 4.2 has not. I am not sure if 4.3 finally includes it.

  • otooo

    Guys, is it better experiencing lag with Tegra or no experiencing multi-user with iOS? Well, Nexus7.2 has not Tegra soc inside..so this is a really stupid post if you are speaking about Nexus7.2

  • henry

    Get the nexus 7 2 I have it the best tablet EVER no lag creams everything and has 2 quad cores snappy fast and runs android 4.3 I’m pretty sure it the only tablet that runs it to