Nexus 7 Flaws & Fixes
The nexus 7 was this year’s summer surprise, a Nexus tablet with good build-quality, speedy performance and a size that fits in most pockets. It doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the top Android tablets so users can pick a good Nexus 7 case and expect support from Google for the future.
The Nexus 7 is a top tablet in our books, but not perfect.
Nexus 7 Flaws
- System Update Issues – 30%
- Screen Issues – 30%
- Storage Space – 20%
- Microphone Quality – 10%
- Other – 10%
Read: Nexus 7 Review
Nexus 7 Fixes
Google promises fast updates to the latest version of Android, which is a major plus considering many tablet owners must wait months for a new version of Android to arrive. The downside is that the updates aren’t always perfect. When The Android 4.2 update arrived on the Nexus 7 it brought performance issues along with it. FixYa outlines how to fix some of these problems.
Read: Nexus 7 Flaws
There are also some screen issues reported by users. Most of these occur while under warranty, so users can request a new unit without issues. Users can add storage to the Nexus 7 through a convoluted process that requires a cheap USB adapter and rooting the device, but it’s not for the average user.
Read: Best Nexus 7 Cases
The Nexus 7 is the best Android tablet we’ve used to date. Even with the issues reported by FixYa users it is a full-fledged Android tablet with more access to apps than the Kindle Fire HD and Nook HD.
New Nexus 7 vs iPad mini vs Kindle Fire HD 7-inch: operating system
The new Google Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.3: Jelly Bean, the very latest version of the Android OS. It’s pretty much the same as Android 4.2: Jelly Bean, but with a couple of extra tweaks like restricted profile options and OpenGL ES 3.0 advanced graphics support. Apple’s iPad mini runs on the latest version of iOS, which at the time of writing is iOS 6. Expect iOS 7 to be a real game changer.
Finally, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch runs on a heavily modified version of Android: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — so heavily, in fact, that you wouldn’t recognize it simply by looking at it. Amazon’s own Silk UI has been layered on top, which simplifies navigation, pushes media content to the fore, and utilizes Amazon’s vast server network to boost certain tasks through the cloud. Suffice to say, it’s the worst OS experience of the three as result of such tinkering.
Nook HD Flaws & Fixes
The Barnes & Noble Nook HD is a sleeper in the 7-inch tablet race, delivering a great looking screen and multi-user support with a focus on reading, playing games and watching movies. The Nook HD needs better speakers and users should know that there are sometimes issues with the touchscreen, a common tablet complaint.
Despite a great looking screen, users complain about touch responsiveness.
Nook HD Flaws
- Poor Touchscreen Response – 30%
- Poor Multitasking – 20%
- Slow Overall Performance – 20%
- Speaker Quality – 20%
- Other – 10%
Nook HD Fixes
The majority of Nook HD performance fixes are similar to what users of Android phones had to do two years ago to keep phones running smoothly. Exit apps, skip multitasking, clear browser cache and history regularly, only open three tabs at a time and turn off the Nook HD occasionally.
Another recommendation is to use a task manager to kill apps that aren’t needed. These are steps not needed on competing tablets.
Kindle Fire HD Flaws & Fixes
The Kindle Fire HD is another top tablet pick thanks to the size, access to Amazon instant movies, the Kindle Owner’s lending library and the $199 price.
Users aren’t completely satisfied with the Kindle Fire HD, but more of the complaints can be fixed. Unlike the iPad mini, the Kindle Fire HD features a widescreen suited for watching movies and HDTV shows.
Common Kindle Fire HD flaws include slow speeds.
Kindle Fire HD Flaws
- Ads on Locks Screen – 30%
- Slow Multitasking – 25%
- Typing Difficulty – 15%
- Apps Slow to Release – 15%
- Other –15%
Read: Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire HD Fixes
Two of the biggest Kindle Fire flaws are easy to fix with a bit of cash. Amazon will remove ads from the lock screen for $15. This is a one-time deal, and is something owners can do even after buying the “Special Offers” Kindle Fire HD.
We can’t fix the slow multitasking or the slow app releases but users looking to type faster on the Kindle Fire HD should check out the ZAGGKeys FLEX keyboard. This Bluetooth Kindle Fire HD keyboard connects to the Kindle Fire HD for faster typing and includes a stand.
Read: Best Kindle Fire HD Cases
The Kindle Fire HD is one of the top holiday gifts, taking the top gift spot on Amazon for several weeks running. Even with flaws, it’s a popular starter tablet for many users.
New Nexus 7 vs iPad mini vs Kindle Fire HD 7-inch: price
Google has bumped up the price a little for its new Nexus 7, with the entry-level 16GB model set to cost $229 and the 32GB Wi-Fi model $269. The top of the range 4G model will set U.S. customers back $349.
Still, it remains significantly cheaper than the iPad mini, which starts at $329 (£269 here in the UK) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model. That’s $100 more expensive than the equivalent Nexus 7 model.
The 32GB iPad mini costs $459 (£449) and the 64GB model a whopping $529 (£429). The 32GB 4G model, which is equivalent to the top of the range Nexus 7, costs $559 (£449).
Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 7-inch undercuts them both, with the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi model costing just $199 (£159) and the 32GB costing $249 (£179).
iPad Mini Flaws & Fixes
The iPad mini is Apple’s smaller iPad, launched along the iPad 4 in October. With a starting price of $329 it’s a tempting choice for users turned off by the $499 iPad with Retina Display price.
The iPad mini is a top tablet pick, but it isn’t perfect.
iPad Mini Fixes
Unfortunately there aren’t many fixes available for these iPad mini flaws. There’s no way to change the iPad mini to widescreen like the iPhone 5’s display. Apple left a Retina Display off the iPad which is a turn off to some users, but not a deal breaker to most of the Gotta Be Mobile team. There is no way to add more storage space to the iPad mini, so it’s a good idea to buy as large a size as possible.
Read: Best iPad Mini Cases
The only real fix is to put a skin on the back of the iPad mini or use an iPad mini case to protect the back from scratches.
Even with these issues, the iPad mini is one of our favorite tablets, offering a good value even at $129 more than the competition.
New Nexus 7 vs iPad mini vs Kindle Fire HD 7-inch: processor and memory
The new Nexus 7 comes with a meaty 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, which compares favorably to the iPad mini’s dual-core Apple A5 processor running at an estimated 1GHz. The Kindle Fire HD 7-inch brings up the processor performance rear with a dual-core TI OMAP4 4460 clocked at 1.2GHz.
It beats the old Nexus 7, that’s for sure
All three tablets utilize very different RAM setups. The new Nexus 7 leads the way with 2GB of RAM, while the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch has half that at 1GB. Bringing up the rear by some way is the iPad mini with 512MB of RAM, though it’s worth mentioning that the Android OS running on the other two tablets is far more of a memory hog than iOS.