The Google Nexus 7 tablet. (Photo : Google)
The Google Nexus 7 is definitely the best budget tablet around. Its cheap price tag ($200), and Android Jelly Bean interface have made it popular with reviewers of the device. Users, however, are beginning to report problems - and they all seem to stem from the display.
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It seems like the Nexus 7 might have been shoddily constructed. Apparently, pixels seem to die out and the glue holding the top glass sheet together, well, doesn't really hold it down.
From a Nexus 7 user:
"So, i purchased 2 Nexus 7s at GS yesterday. Both of them had dead pixels, 4 and 7. In addition, on both of them, the glass is elevated about 1mm on the left side [...] I can push down the left side, and the adhesive takes hold for about 10 minutes or so, but eventually, the glass lifts up again."
Dead pixels are covered by the Nexus 7 guarantee, although there is no telling when a replacement tablet will arrive due to the current high demand.
Those who had the glass separation issue are reporting trying to fix it, and sometimes cracking key components. This, of course, would void any warranty, and means that these owners will be Nexus 7-less until they are willing to shell out another $200-$250 for a new one.
An internal calibration issue with the display has also been observed by DisplayMate.
"Although the Nexus 7 has a high quality display, they messed up the factory calibration. This affects all displayed images, but it is most noticeable on any form of photographic image, including videos, because the color and intensity mixtures are visually critical for them to look right. On the other hand, for high contrast software generated text and graphics the display will look fine," said Dr. Soneira
Dr. Soneira felt so strongly about this display issue that he even stated that if you care about high-quality imagery, then despite its other pros, the Nexus 7 tablet may not be for you.
If you have a Google Nexus 7, and are experiencing any of these, or other, problems, please leave them in the comments below.