Aug 14, 2013

Would you get a 2013 Nexus 7 now, or wait until the bugs have been worked out?

There was a question last week here on IT World about the new 2013 Nexus 7 having GPS issues, and then I read today about problems with pinch to zoom not working properly on Maps. I was thinking of getting one, it seems like a lot of hardware for the dollar, but I don’t want to get a piece of junk. How widespread are these issues? I’m trying to decide whether to pull the trigger or wait.


Usually Nexus devices are known to have bugs due to the Android version they use not being propriatory. I'd wait for all known isues to be resolved - maybe some new issues will pop up in the meantime.


There is always a bit of a risk when you get a new product that there will be some bugs that weren’t completely worked out. Always. But I just got a Nexus 7 ( the new 2013 model) a few days ago. I can only tell you about mine, but I haven’t seen any pinch to zoom issues. In fact, the pinch to zoom works great on it, as good or better than any Android device I’ve ever used. My GPS was kind of janky at first, but I installed all the updates, of which there was a surprising number for a device that JUST came out, and now it seems to be working fine. It did have one weird restart when I was in Maps, just playing around. For no apparent reason, the tablet just restarted itself. It’s only happened once, at least so far. I suppose I would echo what Christopher said; if you don’t mind waiting a month or so, it might improve your chance of getting a perfectly functioning Nexus 7 right out of the box, but it’s worth buying now. It’s the best Android device I’ve used in terms of speed, smoothness, and display, plus it is relatively inexpensive.


If you don't need a tablet (or a new tablet) now, you may as well wait. But if you really want one, the Nexus 7 has gotten some really good reviews, so I wouldn't worry that it's a piece of junk.



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