The Google Nexus 7 tablet. (Photo : Google)
The Google Nexus 7 was released to much anticipation and garnered good reviews. Starting at $200, the budget tablet runs the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. Users, however, have been complaining about problems with the display, citing shoddy construction.
If you are planning on purchasing the Google Nexus 7, here are some of the problems that you might run into.
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One site, DisplayMate, had a comprehensive analysis that stated that the Nexus 7 has a calibration issue:
"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."
Here are some user comments posted on LatinosPost from Nexus 7 owners that supports the claim that Google's tablet has some problems with the screen.
"My nexus 7 worked fine until this morning. I had it charging (using the included charger ) overnight. I got a brief message about low battery, then the machine blacked out. After 6 hours of charging (moving to different outlets, the USB cable to my computer) I get no more than the black screen with the charging icon. Something is defective!!! Help."
"the first 1 I bought had 4 dead pixels, pieces of dirt behind the screen and a glass separation issue where you could get a fingernail in between the glass and the casing.I exchanged it for a new 1. This 1 was better, it still has the glass separation issue but it is not as bad as the first, it also has 1 dead pixel.I just decided to live with it, as they are too hard to find right now."
"Yesterday my Nexus 7 screen display went dark with a striation of lines resembling a muddled form of the screen. I tried to wait for the battery to die down, recharge, then restart but that did not work. I have only had it for a week and loved it for that short window. Its a pain to resend and wait for the new one. Hopefully this does not happen again, otherwise I will have to move on...."
The tablet has received high scores from almost every site that reviewed it.
"Google's own-branded Android tablet, the ASUS-manufactured Nexus 7, represents a significant milestone in the Android tablet market. It costs significantly less than the new iPad and aims to offer a compelling alternative at a budget price - a feat not yet accomplished by any other Android tablet manufacturer. The Google Nexus 7 isn't perfect, but it's one of the best non-iPad tablet devices we've ever reviewed."
Another review from CNET also elicits the positives of the Nexus 7. Read it here.
Will you still purchase the Nexus 7? Keep in the mind these devices that people are complaining about are probably from the initial factory rollout, and hopefully Google will take the necessary steps to fix the problems mentioned.