Will you be getting the brand new Nexus 7 tablet over an Apple iPad? (Photo : Google)
You might have heard the recent issues that users have been having involving the Google Nexus 7. Most have to do with shoddy construction, and have users complaining of cracked screens and dead pixels. Despite the negative forum threads, many reviewers and users still find the device a pleasure to use a half month after its release.
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A Time Magazine review titled "30 Days with Google's Nexus 7 Tablet" shows that reviewer Jared Newman is still very happy with his device.
"Google's operating system makes some big leaps forward in usability and smoothness. Sometimes I catch myself just scrolling back and forth on the home screen admiring the responsiveness."
Swapnil Bharitya from Muktware concludes in the review "Do I Still Like My Nexus 7 After A Week?" that the "Nexus 7 has broken the negative image that 7 inch tablets held... Google has created a new category of affordable tablets which are easy to carry around yet offer the expected tablet experience. So, Kudos to folks at Google for executing it so well."
Both reviews mention the negatives, including some home screen issues and the Nexus 7 display, but they still seem content with the device. The Nexus 7, despite its display issues, is still the best small, affordable tablet out, starting at $200 for the 8GB version (although Newman suggests you spend the extra $50 and get the 16GB model). If you're on the fence, there is no better alternative unless you are willing to wait an indefinite amount of time until the rumored iPad Mini comes out.
The problems may simply have to do with the fact that most of the devices out now are initial factory rollouts. While not an excuse, there's no reason to believe that the issues complained of will continue, especially if the iPad Mini heats up the budget tablet market.
A forum user on xdaDevelopers commented,
"still like it? its been less than a month lol
ive had 2 defective ones and a 3rd is being sent to me, and i still like it."
Perhaps another forum user said it best when responding to a post that a member was too afraid to open his Nexus 7 box after hearing about all the issues other users had.
"This is what all these negative threads are doing. Just open and start using, it's a great device."
His forum signature? "Sent from my Nexus 7."