Three weeks ago Google announced the new version of its 7-inch tablet, the 2013 Nexus 7. It came to the Play Store and other resellers in two versions: 16GB and 32GB. Both were WiFi only. The LTE version, according to the announcement, will arrive in “the coming weeks”. We are now just five days short of one month later, and there’s still no sign of the LTE Nexus 7.
I’m not complaining, I’m simply pointing out that the weeks are ticking by. Technically, Google has up to eight weeks before its “coming weeks” statement is wrong (at that point it should have been “the coming months”). Even still, here we are, and I still haven’t even touched a 2013 Nexus 7. That’s okay though, there are several reasons why a person may not have picked up their own 2013 Nexus 7. Let’s look at a few of them.
Every new product is going to have bugs. That’s just the way things are today. Luckily for us, most of these bugs can be identified quickly and resolved by over-the-air software updates.
The 2013 Nexus 7 isn’t immune from this simple, but inconvenient fact. Recently we’ve heard of complaints from early adopters experiencing unexpected behavior with multi-touch and GPS. Many users are taking the hiccups in stride, even cracking jokes that hail back to Apple’s Antennagate.
If you’ve put off buying a 2013 Nexus 7, by the time you finally pick yours up, chances are that Google will have already fixed the bugs that the early adopters identified.
The old Nexus 7
I also have the previous version of the Nexus 7. It was getting painful to use. Now that Android 4.3 has come out and I performed a factory reset on my old tablet, it’s working very well! I’m sure others have had the same experience and just aren’t motivated to upgrade because their old tablet still works just fine.
This is one of those things where many companies would hold off on releasing software updates for their old hardware to reduce the likelihood of cannibalizing sales of their new hardware. Google has been guilty of that in the past, but so have its competitors. This time around, Google released the over-the-air updates for the old devices almost immediately. Good job, Google!
I mentioned it before, it seems almost sacrilege that I, Joe the Android Guy™, don’t have the latest Android-powered flagship tablet from Google. I’m happy with my decision to wait. Even if I don’t end up switching my daily driver from the Nexus 4 to the 2013 LTE Nexus 7 after I get one, I still want to be able to do so. That’s something I can’t do with the WiFi version unless I also carry around another device for tethering through.
That’s why I’m waiting for the LTE version of the tablet to be released. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer, but I think it will be worth the wait — even if I don’t end up using the LTE features all the time.
What about you?
Are you like me and have been holding off your purchase of the 2013 Nexus 7 until the LTE version becomes available? How long did you interpret “the coming weeks” to be? How much longer are you willing to wait? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!