Early adopters: how’s the new Nexus 7 treating you?


The original Nexus 7 was a game changer. For the first time a relatively high-end tablet was affordable, and it did so without sacrificing much in terms of specifications. It was a flagship product and it forced the industry to change. Behind the 7-inch screen was a quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The 8GB version (which I have) resold for under US$200. After the honeymoon was over we started to see some shortcomings: 8GB just wasn’t enough storage space, the Tegra 3 processor was a bit under-powered, and the screen didn’t stand up to scrutiny. We all started to look forward to the “new Nexus 7” — and we waited.

Finally, the wait was over. The new Nexus 7 — or the “Nexus 7 2013” — was released and sold under such lofty descriptions as “thinner, lighter, and faster” and promises that the new “Nexus 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the world’s sharpest 7-inch tablet screen”. The expectations were certainly high.

The new Nexus 7 got a bump in all the specs, but it also got a price tag to match: it’s 30-bucks more than the previous version. Most aren’t turned away by the nominal increase in price, and almost everyone that I’ve spoken with is fairly happy with their new tablet.

I don’t have a new Nexus 7 — yet

I know, it’s almost sacrilege: Joe the Android Guy™ without the latest Android-powered flagship tablet from Google? Gasp! I haven’t even held one in my hands. Double-gasp! There are two reasons for this.

First, Android 4.3 was released for the original Nexus 7 almost immediately. This update brings much of the smoothness and speed back to the aging tablet (thanks to TRIM support and other improvements). Simply put, I don’t need the new Nexus 7 because the old Nexus 7 now performs like it’s supposed to. Sure that doesn’t fix the screen issue, but I’ve never thought the screen was all that bad.

Second, my current Nexus 7 is the WiFi version. To make use of it while out and about I need to have my Nexus 4 handy so I can have Internet access. I’ve noticed something interesting though. When I have my Nexus 7 and my Nexus 4 with me, I usually always reach for my tablet before my smartphone — except to take a call. I can do everything but call people on my Nexus 7.

Google said the “universal LTE” version of the Nexus 7 2013 will be available in “a few weeks” (or something like that). I’m holding off making my purchase until that comes out. Then I’m going to try to stop using my smartphone, and use my new tablet instead. I don’t know how that will end up working out, but it’s something I want to try.

The curse of the early adopter

Such is the curse of the early adopter. People will jump all over a new product or new technology as soon as it comes out, only to be disappointed by it — or in my case, frustrated that they either didn’t pony up the money for the one with more storage space, or that they didn’t wait for the LTE version to come out.


Who can tell me what this is, and why it’s relevant to the story?

This time around I decided to wait. Not long, mind you, just “a few weeks”, but I didn’t buy it on Day One. So far I’m happy with my decision, but it’s got me wondering and all you early adopters out there.

How’s the new Nexus 7 treating you? What version did you get? Are you happy with WiFi-only, or are you mad at yourself for not waiting for the LTE version? What bugs, problems, or improvements have you noted? Overall, what has your experience been?

Don’t hold back! Head down to the comments and let me know!

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.