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The new Google Nexus 7 seriously impressed us when we reviewed it back in October. So much so, in fact, that it took 2013’s sub-8in tablet Award and snatched the Product of the Year honour from under the iPad’s nose.

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Of course, there has been one small thing to happen since then: the launch of the iPad Mini with Retina Display. There’s no denying the considerable price difference between the two, but it’d be foolish not to consider them as rivals either.

The new Nexus 7 certainly brought the fight to the first iPad Mini, but how does it fare now?

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In short, very well. Its screen, even compared with the new iPad Mini’s crazy-sharp 2048 x 1536 pixel display, still holds its own.

While the award for out-and-out sharpness would have to go to its Apple competitor, the Nexus 7 still remains one of the crispest screens we’ve seen. It is bright, punchy and packed with detail.

The Nexus 7 is backed by the latest version of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and the old Tegra 3 processor has been swapped for a more powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM.

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The design has been streamlined as well (more on that later), but the battery size has been reduced to 3950mAh (from 4325mAh) to make way for a slimmer chassis.

As a result, average battery life for video and internet browsing is now a claimed nine hours (internet browsing was 10 hours before).

We found this to be largely correct, with the Nexus 7 lasting a couple of The Great British Bake Off episodes and some frequent internet browsing throughout the day before we found ourselves reaching for the microUSB charging cable.

The Nexus 7 comes in two versions: 16GB and 32GB. There’s still no scope for expanding the storage via an SD card, though, so choose carefully. Both models come with wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC as standard, while the 32GB version is also available with 4G LTE.

The Nexus 7’s competitive prices have always been attractive, providing a great affordable alternative to Apple’s pricier tablets.

The new Nexus 7s continue that trend, with the 16GB model costing £200, the 32GB version costing £240, and the cellular 32GB model costing £300.

The new Nexus 7 itself now costs £40 more than its predecessor, but not only is it still cheaper than the iPad Mini at similar storage capacity, but we also think it’s more than worth it for that incredible boost in screen quality.

User interface

It’s the screen that really grabs the attention. The Nexus 7 looks absolutely gorgeous. The boost in resolution renders the 7in (7.02in to be exact) screen one of the punchiest, brightest and sharpest we’ve ever laid eyes on.

White levels are stark clean and bright, and contrast beautifully against rich and vibrant colours and deep black levels. The amount of detail is staggering – the outlines of app icons and widgets are pin-sharp, and web browsing and e-reading show crisp edges to solid black text and a noise-free, bright background.

The powerful processor and the Android OS work together to deliver a screen that’s faster and more responsive than before, with a smooth-as-butter operation that makes the Nexus 7 a joy to use.

There’s no perceptible lag or hitch to the interface, apps open and close swiftly, and games come to life with boosted graphics and speedier reaction times when using multiple gestures across the touch screen.


The Nexus 7 shows its full potential when watching downloaded or streamed video: the 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution makes HD content look fantastic.

The strong contrast levels deliver striking, punchy highlights against startlingly dark blacks, and there’s plenty of subtlety in between to give a real sensation of depth and dynamics.

Even a streamed episode of Peaky Blindersover BBC iPlayer looks smooth and lavishly detailed, with the Nexus 7 deftly handling the grey and shadowy hues of post-war Birmingham.

It’s a slightly cooler palette compared with the richer, warmer tones of the original iPad Mini’s picture. But the Nexus 7’s screen delivers such remarkable clarity, sharpness and depth of detail that it comes out on top out of the two.

Another side-by-side comparison shows just how improved the new Nexus 7 is: the old Nexus and iPad Mini now look positively dull and low-contrast, while the pixilation at the corners of apps and text is now glaringly obvious.

Music and speakers

Slip on a pair of decent headphones – the AKG K451s will work a treat – and you’ll be rewarded with a strong and clear sound that packs in plenty of subtle detail and dynamics.

Sbtrkt’s Wildfire is fast, punchy and rhythmical, with solid basslines accompanying an open and clear top end, while a change of gear to Adele sees her vocals ring out with clarity and emotion.

From MP3s to WAVs to Spotify streams, the Nexus 7’s audio performance is confident and full of energy. The iPad Mini has better precision and rhythmic ability, but the Nexus still offers a solid, detailed and accurate sound.

Dynamics are handled well and there’s an energy to its presentation that we found lacking in some lesser tablets. It’s easy and enjoyable to listen to over long periods, which is often half the battle in a portable device.

A rather rare occurrence, though, is that the Nexus 7 sounds surprisingly good through its stereo speakers.

The speakers are on the top and bottom edges of the tablet (or the left and right sides if you’re holding it in landscape orientation) and they produce a solid and rich sound that manages to dodge sounding tinny and closed in, unlike many of its competitors.


New to the Nexus 7 is a rear-facing 5MP camera. It joins the front-facing 1.2MP one and comes with handy options for adjusting exposure, white balance, scene and photo size, along with flash and timer options.

While taking photos with a tablet isn’t as quick or instinctive as with a smartphone’s camera, the Nexus 7 is good for the odd snap or two – provided it’s in daylight (Nexus 7 on top).

We found the 5MP camera takes bright and crisp photos in natural light, with outdoor shots of the river Thames by our office bursting with punchy colour, clean whites and a good level of sharpness. Videos shot with the 5MP camera look clean and smooth, too.

Take the camera inside, though, and it doesn’t fare as well with artificial lighting. Results were inconsistent, but for the most part the Nexus 7 struggled to pick up fine detail, with photos looking quite noisy and washed out (Nexus 7 on the left).

Compared with similar shots taken on the iPad Mini, the Mini dealt a lot better with indoor lighting, and revealed more detail and less noise. The Mini is richer and more natural with its colours too.


The Google Play store is full of all the latest Android apps, games and videos to populate your new tablet. Unlike last year it now features BBC iPlayer as well as 4oD and ITV Player.

However, it’s here that Apple trumps Google: Apple’s App Store offers software that’s fully optimised for its tablets, giving customers a distinct experience that doesn’t feel like using just a larger version of an iPhone.

That gap still exists on the Nexus 7, and it would be great to see developers take advantage of the space and HD resolution of the Nexus 7’s screen for more customised apps.

On the other hand, Google’s own batch of widgets (from Gmail and Drive to Chrome and Google Now) works seamlessly with the latest version of Android. Google Voice is accurate and responsive even to lazy mumbles, and makes searching via voice commands feel intuitive, much more so than Apple’s Siri.

User profiles

Another new feature is the ability to set user profiles on the Nexus 7. Delve into the tablet’s settings, and you can set up two different ones: User and Restricted.

The User option lets another person set up their own profile on the tablet, customising the screen with their own selection of apps and widgets.

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In the Restricted profile, you can choose which apps to allow (or restrict), similar to the Guest user profile on computers. Both options automatically prompt you to set passcodes on your own profile, and you’re given the choice of which user to log in as (they show up as little round icons) when you unlock the screen.

It’s a useful feature, especially if the tablet will be shared, and means you can keep your photos, videos and game progresses safe from prying eyes.


The original Nexus 7’s size and build was crucial to its success, and the new version has come back with a slimmer and lighter design to make it even more desirable. The new Nexus is 2mm thinner, with a smaller width of 114mm compared with the predecessor’s 120mm. It’s a light 290g (versus 340g), but has enough heft to still feel sturdy.

Once again built by Asus, the chassis loses its heavily textured back to a smoother, rubberised finish that feels so much sleeker and classier.

It strikes the right balance between, and gives the 7 a premium feel that can sit proudly next to the sleek aluminium finish of the iPad Mini. It’s even easier to grip and comfortable to carry, making it perfect for portable use.

It’s durable, too. We spent a whole week with the tablet flung on our desks, shoved into drawers, dangled from our fingertips and jammed inside small handbags, and the Nexus stood up to the test.

It proved to be a robust and sturdy device with no scratch or scuff in sight, and the design tweaks made a huge difference to both the feel and comfort of the tablet.

There’s still quite a bit of bezel surrounding the screen, but we quite like having the space to rest our thumbs without accidentally touching a control that interrupts our video mid-stream.

The volume and lock buttons are hidden under the curve of the chassis. It’s a nice thought, as it means they don’t intrude upon the screen – but it did take a while for us to instinctively locate them. We suspect it’ll become second nature with prolonged use, but as a cheat: remember that the headphone jack is located in the top right-hand corner.


And with all this in mind, let’s not forget that the new Nexus 7 also has an attractive price.

It doesn’t sit at the Hudl’s budget level, but at £200 for the 16GB wi-fi only version (there’s also 32GB in wi-fi only and 4G/LTE), it’s £140 cheaper than the new iPad Mini with the same storage. And that’s quite a consideration.

The Nexus 7 is the best 7in tablet on the market, not to mention the best tablet of any size at this price. Even if you have more cash to spend, you might question whether you actually need to…

Review updated on 23.12.13

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Nexus 7 Second Generation Repair

The second generation of the Nexus 7 is a tablet computer developed by Google in conjunction with ASUS. It is the third tablet in the Google Nexus series of consumer devices using the Android operating system. Some changes in physical appearance make the 2nd generation Nexus 7 easily differentiated from its predecessor: The new version is taller, slightly more narrow, and thinner, and now features a rear-facing camera. Additionally, while the tablets originally only came in black, a white version was introduced soon after it's release. The tablet was also available in both WiFi and 4G LTE versions, with the LTE version available to connect with Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile.

The 2nd generation Nexus 7 tablet was released in July 2013 in the US, August 2013 in the UK and Canada, and November 2013 in India. It was discontinued in October 2014.

  • Power: Internal rechargeable non-removable lithium-ion polymer 3950 mAh 16 Wh battery, Qi Wireless Charging
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 at 1.50 GHz
  • Storage capacity: 16 or 32 GB
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Display: 7.02-inch (178 mm) diagonal IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio
    • 1920×1200 pixels (323 ppi)
    • Scratch-resistant Corning glass
  • Graphics: Adreno 320, @400MHz
  • Sound: MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA, Stereo speakers, surround sound, powered by Fraunhofer
  • Input: Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, GPS, magnetometer, microphone
  • Cameras: 1.2 MP front-facing, 5.0 MP rear-facing, 1080p video recording
  • Connectivity: 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Dual-band (802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), NFC, Micro USB 2.0, optional 4G LTE
  • Dimensions: 200 mm × 114 mm × 8.65 mm (7.9" × 4.5" × 0.341")
  • Weight: WiFi only: 290 g (10 oz), LTE version: 299 g (10.5 oz)

If you've encountered a problem with your tablet, make sure to visit the Nexus 7 2nd Generation Troubleshooting page.

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The most common Nexus 7 problems, and how to fix them

Updated on 7-27-2014 by Simon Hill: Added problem with SIM card, glitch with Nexus 7 not recognized by computer, camera issues, and updated won’t recharge or rapid battery drain with new solutions.

The undisputed king of the hill when it comes to small Android tablets is Google’s Nexus 7, manufactured by Asus. It has been selling well since its July 2012 release and Google updated the line with a new version – the Nexus 7 (2013) in July 2013. It has a much higher resolution display, a faster processor, more RAM, and a camera, but Google has already acknowledged problems with multi-touch and GPS, which we deal with below.

While the diminutive tablet has been well received by critics and consumers alike, no product is perfect. That’s why we’ve dug up a list of Nexus 7 problems and tried to find potential solutions and workarounds for anyone suffering. On this page we’ll deal with the latest 2013 version, so if you have the older 2012 model then skip to page two.

Related: Helpful Nexus 7 tips and tricks, our favorite Nexus 7 cases, Nexus 7 (2013) review.

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Nexus 7 (2013) Issues and Bugs

Problem: SIM card not recognized or no signal

A few people with the LTE version of the Nexus 7 (2013) have run into problems where the SIM card seems to stop working. This is usually accompanied by a “No SIM card” message. Sometimes they get the message “SIM card added” and a prompt to restart. For some people the network just seems to go missing and there’s no service, but they don’t get any message about the SIM card. Bear in mind that SIM cards from U.S. carriers will not necessarily work in European Nexus 7 tablets and vice versa because they may use different channels.

Potential solutions:

  • Try rebooting the Nexus 7 by holding down the Power button, ignore the prompts and wait for it to restart.
  • Try pulling down the notification shade and going into Airplane mode and then turn it off again.
  • Try turning the Nexus 7 off and removing the SIM card, make sure the card and tray are clean and then reinsert it before turning the tablet back on.
  • Check what your Access Point Name settings should be with your mobile service provider and then go to Settings > Wireless & networks > More > Mobile networks > Access Point Names and make sure they’re correct.
  • If you’re able to use another SIM card then test it in your Nexus 7 just to verify that it’s not a faulty SIM card.

Glitch: Nexus 7 not recognized by computer

If you find that you plug your Nexus 7 into your computer or laptop using the USB cable and the computer fails to recognize it then you’re not the only one. Luckily it should be an easy fix in the settings. If not you may need a new driver, here’s what you should try:

Potential solutions:

  • Go to Settings > Storage and tap the three vertical dots at the top right of the screen and then USB computer connection. Make sure that Media device (MTP) is ticked and try plugging it in to your computer again.
  • It’s also worth plugging it into a different USB port and trying a different cable, just in case that’s your problem.
  • If that didn’t work and your computer is running Windows 7, you can try connecting the Nexus 7 via USB then right click on Computer from the Start menu and click on Device Manager. You should see the Asus Android Devices listed at the top and you can expand and right click on Android Composite ADB Interface and then choose Update Driver Software… At the next pop up choose Browse my computer for driver software then let me pick from a list and choose USB Composite Device and click Next to update.

Problem: Camera not working

There have been a few problems reported with the Nexus 7 camera. Some people have found that there’s no option to switch to the rear camera in the camera app. Others have tried to start the app only to see the message “Camera error. Can’t connect to the camera.”

Potential solutions:

  • Try holding down the Power button until the tablet reboots.
  • Go to Settings > Apps, swipe over to the All tab and find the Camera. Tap Clear cache and then try loading it up again.
  • Make sure you have the latest update via Settings > About tablet > System updates.

Problem: Nexus 7 won’t go past Google logo screen

A lot of people have reported an issue when they turn the Nexus 7 on. They hold down the Power button until it starts up, and it gets as far as the Google logo screen or maybe the colored X, but won’t go any further; it just freezes on that screen.

Potential fixes:

  • First, try holding down the power button for 30 seconds, ignore the pop-up options and wait until the device reboots.
  • If that doesn’t work, try a factory reset (but note that you will lose all data on the device).

Here are the steps to do it without the screen:

  1. If your tablet is on, power it off.
  2. Press and hold the Power button until the device powers on, then immediately press and hold Volume Down (while still pressing Power). You will see the word Start with an arrow drawn around it.
  3. Press Volume Down twice to designate Recovery mode.
  4. Press Power to restart into Recovery mode. You will see an image of an Android robot with a red exclamation mark.
  5. While holding down Power, press Volume Up.
  6. Use the volume keys to scroll to “wipe data/factory reset” and press Power to select it.
  7. Scroll down to “Yes – erase all user data” and press Power to select it.

Problem: Speaker buzzing or static

A number of Nexus 7 owners have been complaining about a buzzing or static sound that is especially apparent at low volumes. For some people the noise is still there even if they mute the speaker.


  • Use headphones instead and you shouldn’t have any problem. You can also plug headphones in just to stop any sound coming through the speakers when muted.
  • Use a portable Bluetooth speaker instead.

Potential fixes:

  • For some people this seems to be related to the brightness settings on the tablet. It’s worth dragging down the notification shade and tapping Brightness to decrease it and see if it makes any difference.
  • Google did release a fix for this problem, so make sure that you have the latest update in Settings > About tablet > System updates.

Problem: Random reboots

A lot of people have encountered issues with the new Nexus 7 (2013) randomly restarting. This was a common problem on the old Nexus 7 as well. With the new model, many people report that the reboots are occurring when using Chrome, but the issue doesn’t seem to be limited to that.

Potential solutions:

  1. An update could solve this. You should automatically get updates (this is a Nexus device, after all), but you can also go to Settings > About tablet and check your Android version. You can tap System updates and then Check now to see if a new update is available.
  2. Make sure that all of your apps are up to date. The easiest way is to load up the Play Store and tap the Menu button, then choose My apps. You’ll see an Update all option at the top right. The problem could be an app that hasn’t been optimized for Android 4.3, so if you notice the problem relates to a specific app, send a message to the developer and try to use an alternative until they bring out an update. You can check if an app is the culprit by booting into safe mode. Press and hold the power button then touch and hold the Power off option that pops up on screen and then touch OK in the next box that pops up to boot into safe mode. If the problem is gone then an app is likely to be the cause. Restart the device to get out of safe mode and hunt for the app responsible.
  3. Try a soft reset next by holding down the power button for 30 seconds, ignore the pop-up options and wait until the device reboots.
  4. If you’re still having random restart problems then it’s time to try a factory reset. Make sure you back up all your content (your Google account will back up a lot of data so you can restore it afterwards). Tap the Menu button and choose Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset > Reset tablet and then enter your pattern, PIN, or password if prompted. Finally tap Erase everything.
  5. If none of the above has worked,then you should take the device back to the retailer where you bought it, or contact Google about a replacement.

Glitch: Multi-touch and typing erratic

A few owners have had problems with their new Nexus 7 (2013) registering multiple touches on the screen and skipping around erratically. There have also been reports of single taps on the touchscreen keyboard being registered as double or triple taps. If you’re uncertain whether you have a genuine problem with your touchscreen then try installing an app like Yet Another MultiTouch Test and you can see visually whether it is registering touches correctly.

Potential solutions:

  1. If you have a screen protector then it could be impacting on the touch sensitivity. Or it’s possible you are used to a less sensitive touchscreen and you’re pressing too hard or for too long. Try adjusting the way you use it and see if the problem clears up.
  2. It could be a software issue caused by a specific app. Try booting into safe mode by holding down the power button and then touch and hold Power off and tap OK in the next pop-up. If it works better in safe mode then you should restart and try to remove apps until you find the one responsible.
  3. It could come down to faulty hardware. If you see erratic behavior when using the Yet Another MultiTouch Test app then you should return it to the retailer or Google and get a replacement. Google has acknowledged this issue and an investigation is apparently underway.

Problem: GPS not working or dropping

It seems that quite a few Nexus 7 (2013) owners are reporting problems with the GPS. For most people it seems to connect fine initially, but after a few minutes, or when switching apps, the GPS drops and won’t reconnect.


  • A lot of people are encountering this issue when they use more than one app that wants to connect to GPS. If you just use Google Maps, for example, it should work, but if you also use something like Ingress, Waze, or a weather app, then it might start dropping out. You could limit your Nexus 7 to one GPS app.
  • If you simply reboot the device by holding down the power button until it restarts (ignore the pop-up) then you should find the GPS will work again.

Potential solutions:

  • Wait for a software update. Google is working on a solution. This is likely to be fixed by an update so keep an eye out for updates the system via Settings > About tablet > System updates and make sure your apps are up to date in Play Store via Settings > My apps > Update all.
  • You could try exchanging your device at the retailer or via Google on the off-chance that it’s a hardware fault, but this doesn’t seem likely.

Problem: Screen flickering

A few people have noticed that the screen of their Nexus 7 (2013) is prone to flickering. This is particularly noticeable on lower brightness settings.


  • Turn auto-brightness off and make sure that the screen brightness is set to brighter than 40 percent by pulling down the notification shade from the top right and selecting Brightness then sliding it up.

Potential solution:

  • This could be a hardware bug. You may even find that the screen turns off completely if you put the brightness down too low. In that case you have to go to Google or your retailer and request a replacement device. Some people who encountered this issue exchanged the device and report that it isn’t present on the new one.

Problem: Won’t recharge or rapid battery drain

Some owners have reported that their Nexus 7 (2013) will not charge up at all when plugged in. Others have found that the battery is discharging much faster than expected.


  • If you find the battery is draining much faster than expected then it may be due to a specific app that isn’t optimized for the latest version of Android, for example, a lot of people report problems with Netflix after the 4.3 update. If you want to confirm that a third-party app is the problem then try using the Nexus 7 in safe mode. Press and hold the Power button and when the menu pops up tap and hold on the Power off option and tap OK to reboot into safe mode. If the problem is gone then you know an app is causing it. You can try uninstalling apps one by one, or you can factory reset and selectively reinstall.

Potential solution:

  • If your Nexus 7 (2013) refuses to charge when you plug it into a power socket, using the cable and charger that shipped with the tablet, then you should go to your retailer or Google and request a replacement. You could test it with a different charger first, just to make sure the charger is not faulty.

That’s all of our Nexus 7 (2013) problems and fixes for now, but please post a comment if you have a solution that isn’t mentioned or if you’ve encountered a different issue that isn’t listed. You can move on to page two for some Nexus 7 (2012) problems and potential solutions.

Updated on 6-17-2014 by Simon Hill: Tidied up and added stuck on Google logo, new solution for weak Wi-Fi, and speaker buzzing problem.

Updated on 8/01/2013 by Simon Hill: Added page one to deal with the new Nexus 7 (2013) model and split old Nexus 7 problems onto page two. 

Updated on 8/14/2013 by Simon Hill: Tweaked intro and added the news that Google is investigating GPS and multi-touch issues.

Next Page: Nexus 7 (2012) Problems

Page 2: Nexus 7 (2012) Issues and Bugs

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Problem: Nexus 7 will not turn on or charge

Have you ever found that your Nexus 7 won’t turn on at all and it won’t charge when you plug it in? Don’t worry. You are not alone. There are a couple of things you can try to bring it back to life. This problem seems to occur frequently if you allow your Nexus 7 battery to run completely down or leave it idle for long periods.

Possible solutions:

  1. Hold down the Power button for a full 30 seconds. The Nexus 7 should start up.
  2. If that didn’t work then try this: Plug in the charger and press the Power button and the Volume Down button together. You should see a menu pop up. Use the Volume rocker to go down to Power Off and press the Power button to select it. When the Nexus 7 turns off, remove the charger from the device and then plug it back in again. You should see the battery sign appear if it worked.

Problem: Lag, reboots, or brightness issues after installing Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

A lot of Nexus 7 owners reported serious problems after updating the tablet to Android 4.2. Some people encountered general lag or sluggish performance, others complained of brightness issues for the display, and worst of all, some people encountered random reboots. There was also a bug introduced in the People app that removed the month of December, but Google rolled out an update to fix that bug quickly.

Possible solutions:

  1. First of all try going to the Google Currents app (if you have it), open up the Settings menu, and unchecking Enable Background Sync and then reboot your Nexus 7.
  2. If that doesn’t work then try a factory reset, but keep in mind that you will lose all data on the device, including all your apps (a lot of data will be backed up in your Google account so you can restore it afterward). Go to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset > Reset tablet and then enter your pattern, PIN, or password if prompted. Then tap “Erase everything.”

Problem: Screen separation

Some Nexus 7 tablets shipped with a screen defect which means that the screen lifts slightly away from the plastic bezel, which can create some creaking noises. It’s generally caused by screws that haven’t been properly tightened, or in some cases, screws that are completely missing. It’s relatively easy to fix and you’ll find guides online, but you shouldn’t have to fix yourself and you could void your warranty so we don’t recommend that course of action.

Solution: If you bought your Nexus 7 from Google Play then call Google customer support. If you bought it elsewhere, then you need to contact Asus directly. In both cases you should get a replacement free of charge because this is a known issue.

Problem: Microphone doesn’t work

You may find that the Nexus 7 microphone is failing to pick up any sound. This could be because of a fault; it could be because of the placement or the cover; or it could be because something got in there and blocked it.

Possible solutions:

  1. Use compressed air or, if you’re in the mood, suck on the microphone hole. If there’s a dust blockage then this should fix it.
  2. Some people have reported that it isn’t aligned properly with the hole or that the rubber edging is covering it. You could open the back cover and take a look, but you may void your warranty by poking around so be very cautious.
  3. The hole for the microphone could be completely missing or you might have a faulty microphone. In either case, you’ll want to return it and get a replacement unit by calling Google customer support if you purchased it from Google Play or contacting Asus directly if you got it somewhere else.

Problem: Headphone jack doesn’t work

There have been quite a few reports of people getting no sound at all when they plug in their headphones, or getting crackly intermittent sound. Before you panic, make sure to try your headphones in another device so you know they aren’t the problem. You should also check that the volume is turned up on the Nexus 7 and not very low or even muted. If that doesn’t help, there are a couple of other potential solutions.

Possible solutions:

  1. The port is very tight. Push harder and wait until you hear the headphones click into place. You may have to apply more pressure than expected, but this will often solve the problem.
  2. If it’s a hardware failure then you’ll need to contact Google or Asus for a replacement.

Problem: Wi-Fi won’t connect or repeatedly drops out

You may find that your Nexus 7 refuses to connect to your Wi-Fi network or drops it frequently. There are various potential causes for this and not all of them are Nexus 7 related, but if the tablet is your problem then you can try a few things.

Possible solutions:

  1. Check the date and time settings on your Nexus 7 and make sure they are correct. Some people reported an issue with the date being wrong.
  2. Turn NFC off via Settings > More, and then uncheck the box next to NFC. This has worked for some people.
  3. Turn Wi-Fi off and on again or turn your router off and on again. This will often temporarily fix the problem.
  4. You may have to consult your ISP or router troubleshooting guide to identify the issue.
  5. Some people found that the weak Wi-Fi was being caused by the back cover being loose and the Wi-Fi antenna not having a good contact. Try pressing on the back cover to make sure that it is firmly in place and keep an eye on the strength of your Wi-Fi as you do so. If you want to attempt to fix it yourself, there’s a guide at XDA Developers forum for removing the back cover and tweaking the antenna. If you’re out of warranty, then it might be the best option.

Problem: Touchscreen is not responsive

If you are unlucky enough to find that your touchscreen doesn’t respond or that it sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t then you can try the standard troubleshooting steps.

Possible solutions:

  1. Soft reset the Nexus 7 by holding down the power button for 30 seconds.
  2. Factory reset without the touchscreen by pressing and holding the Power button and Volume Down then press Volume Down twice and hit the Power button to select Recovery Mode. Hold the Power button down and hit Volume Up and then use the volume rocker to select the “wipe data/factory” reset option and press the Power button to select it. Use the volume rocker again to select “Yes – erase all user data” and press the Power button to activate.
  3. If the reset doesn’t work then you should contact Google, Asus, or the retailer, depending on where you bought the device, and request a replacement.

Problem: Crackling speaker or loss of sound

The Nexus 7 speaker can sound distorted, especially at high volumes, and sometimes people report loss of sound completely. If you find that your sound is fine through headphones, but problems with the speaker persist, then it’s likely to be a hardware fault.

Solution: You’ll need to request a replacement from Google, Asus, or the retailer where you bought the Nexus 7.

That’s it for now, but if you have another Nexus 7 problem you’d like to share then post a comment. Even better, if you have a solution that isn’t listed here then please share it.

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  • Vivek Reddy (May 8, 2014) on Gadgets 360

    the best tablet from android ever to be released with its sleek form factor amazing build quality and superb performance it blows out many tablets in the same price segment and it is directly supported from google as a result we get super fast update and always be updated to latest version of google its performance is great battery life is good and connection is grat on wifi routers overall its the best tablet in its price segment

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  • Nice tablet with affordable price

    Abhishek Rana (May 8, 2014) on Gadgets 360

    I have gifted this tablet to my sister. Pros: Easily rooted, unlocked bootloader. Owing to high storage, can be used to do multiboot with other ROMs. Great Developer support, can use Moto G/X F2FS on your tablets to prevent lag even when storage gets full. The Processor overclocks well, and can handle all the applications of today. Multi-Window apps makes good use of the 7" screen, specially after using Immersive mode Xposed module. The resolution is great as well although its not Full HD, Crisp screen and good colors. Gorilla glass is icing on cake. Cons: The GPU might be slow compared to current standards and High-end games might lag. I have played subway surfer and temple run and there was no lag. Front camera is definitely not for snapping pictures. The tablet feels so smooth after some tweaks that it seems too good to be true. Applications like Seeder and GLTools will allow the tablet to remain smooth and enable high end games to run without lag.

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  • a beginers must have tablet

    Rishi Gurung (May 31, 2014) on Gadgets 360

    i was searching for a new tablet for watching movies, fcebooking, browsing, gaming my budget was 15k, to be honest i am a very choosy person i love perfection and performance without spending lots of buck (student u know :P ) i saw this tablet first time in a mall, googled it found in flipkart with the last available price of 10999 (32gb) some highlights for hardware nvidia tegra 3 quadcore cpu 1gb ram ips hd 1280*800 display 4000 mah battery 219 ppi 7inshe screen sad news now this is n ow an outdated hardware :( and u barely find nexus 7 in any stores in malls or online (coz nexus 7 2013 is already a superhit) p.s i love my tablet (nexus 7 2012) i dont use my laptop anymore thankz to nexus :P

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  • Best budget device for gaming and entertainment thirst maniac.

    Venkatesh Mukhopadhyay (May 25, 2014) on Gadgets 360

    This tablet was launched in year 2012.As it is not that modern a gadget but it is still giving a tough competition to all the budget oriented tablets.As the device is from Google it has the latest android platform running in it and that too in very stock version giving you a pure android experience. Look and Display:- it got a HD resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels ,OGS solution as well giving it a very good look. It is a bit heavy to handle but you will not notice it much. It got a 1.2 mp front facing camera which can do HD video calling and also can be use for photo capturing and video recording using third party app. Performance:-As it got a Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset ,a quadcore clocked at 1.2 GHz and an GeForce GPU any HD game runs like piece of cake. but after long gaming it starts to heat a little bit. pors:- Quality look and feel cons:- limited storage Great display colors in display a little bit wasted-out Solid performance no back camera Killer price heats after long gaming. those who has a budget issue but wants a premium tablet with good performance and speed should go for this tablet.

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  • nice 7 inch tab at this price.

    Vivek Bharadwaj (May 24, 2014) on Gadgets 360

    Good :- The actual Nexus 7?s razor-sharp full-HD screen, smooth easy effectiveness, extended battery power life, measly body weight, along with affordable price tag ensure it is the very best product importance in the marketplace.Excellent video and gaming tablet with fantastic performance for WiFi browsing even on 2G networks. Camera is excellent for outdoor photography and video can shoot HD. Very slim and easy to carry around. Great battery backup and fast data transfer speed. Easy to use as an e-reader too. Bad :- The rear can be lost your delicate grippy texture in the authentic, display screen colors shortage reliability, along with there is not any microSD assist. Android os 4. 3 provides number of beneficial user interface advancements. If u need a high performance tab for gaming,watching videos etc. and phone calling don't matter , then this is for you.

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  • Great value for the price...but lags much after some usage

    Venkateshwaran Rajagopal (May 21, 2014) on Gadgets 360

    As I got this mobile earlier I got this for 20K. But you know what, it's worth it. It has all the amazing features like great display, quad core processor,. The only thing that will hurt your head after a while is that it lags. It lags A LOT. Eventhough, you don't do much gaming, it still continues to lag. But still it does a better performance as a budget tablet. Great tablet at great price.

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  • The original Nexus 7, still worth it

    Abhishek Balaji (May 2, 2014) on Gadgets 360

    The original nexus 7 really stirred up the tablet segment. It was the first tablet that people actually wanted to buy as an add-on device to the various laptops and ultrabooks. It is made by Google in partnership with Asus. This means a lot of things; first up, when the software vendors work with the hardware manufacturers, it creates an amazing experience. The Android devices segment is largely diverse, with Google finding it hard to keep up with every device that has android in it. And since Android is open source, any hardware manufacturer can slap android on their devices. While this is a good sign, it also creates a market where you find a lot of devices that are very similar and at the same price point, making it extremely hard to pick a good one. So, Google is trying to go the Apple way here by having control over the hardware and the software; it creates a device, where the Android System can be customized to fit the hardware, instead of slapping a one-size-fits-all software. Also, since Google is directly involved in this, it means that you?ll get all the latest android updates as quickly as they turn up. Coming to the device itself, it was lauded to be one of the best Android tablets ever. It started off at a nifty price bracket of $200-$349. The price significantly dropped to $169 after the launch of the 2013 version. Hardware The Nexus 7 packs in a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, clocked at 1.3 GHz, coupled with 1 GB of RAM and storage options ranging from 16GB-32GB. It has WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and an optional HSPA+ radio, which would set you back by a few more dollars. Google released the Nexus 7 in a 8GB and 16GB configuration at launch, but quickly revised it to a 16GB and 32GB variants at no extra costs. It has a front camera, which is good for all your selfies and video calls on Skype or Hangouts. The absence of a rear camera, is no deal breaker; At this price, you should be glad for the configuration that you are getting. What?s completely absent is the option to add additional storage. The device does not feature any kind of expandable memory, which is kinda sad, since it would have made this a great all round device. The lack of expandable storage means, you need to invest in some online content provider and a good Mobile Hotspot or a WiFi connection, certainly not something nice in India, where internet connectivity is still bad. This is the same reason why Amazon?s Kindle Fire HD is still biting dust in warehouses. The Kindle Fire HD is a glorified storefront for Amazon. The Nexus 7 comes with a 4325 mAh battery which practically should be enough for a couple of days with moderate gaming, reading documents, checking social media accounts, watching videos and listening to music. Multimedia lovers might want to sit this device out. Software The device runs the purest form of Android possible. Its milk directly from the cow, which means that there is absolutely no bloatware. Nothing to slow down the device. Imagine

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    7 google 2014 nexus

    Asus ME572C: The True Follow-Up to Google's Nexus 7

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    Although I may be in the minority, I love the 7-inch Android tablet form factor. I got hooked by the first Nexus 7 from Google – the 2012 version, and loved the 2013 version even more.  With that 1920×1200 IPS screen, and the perfect size to fit into a jacket pocket, it was my travelling companion through the U.S. and around the world. So I was devastated when my latest Nexus 7 suddenly and mysteriously developed a cracked screen – rendering it completely useless

    That was two months ago, and it started my voyage of discovery to finding a new 7-inch tablet. I also own the original iPad mini, so at first I revisited that slab. But it just wasn’t right. Sure, the screen looked good, but because it was about ¾ of an inch wider than the Nexus 7 it just wasn’t portable enough – it wouldn’t fit into any of my travelling pockets. Battery life was certainly better, but the Nexus 7 was good enough for me in that department. I’m also mostly resistant to Apple’s constricting environment, but my tablet is more for consumption than a creation device, so that was less of an issue here. Still, even when both the Nexus 7 and iPad mini were in the house, the Nexus was my constant companion. The iPad was relegated to the role of bathroom reader. So the iPad mini was out.

    I waited to see if Google was going to upgrade the Nexus 7, but was nonplussed by its new Nexus lineup. I already had a Nexus 5 and it’s a great mobile phone. I wasn’t about to spend $650 for a Nexus 6 when I could get a new tablet AND a new Nexus 5 (if I needed one) for a hundred dollars (or more) less. And the Nexus 9 was just too big.

    I considered picking up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, but the screen was just 1280×800, and I really wanted more pixel density. I even considered buying another Nexus 7 – refurbished models were available for around $140, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger. Why spend good money on a year-old design when newer, faster and more power-efficient processors had been released in the last 12 months?

    I even tried to go back to my older Nexus 7, but it just wasn’t the same. The bulkier original Google tablet has suffered from screen burn-in and backlight bleeding over the past two years, making the center of the screen much brighter than the perimeter. That got old quick.

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    But then a week ago I was at Best Buy and saw an Asus tablet I’d never heard of before – the new ME572C. Unlike previous 7-inch tablets from Asus, this one had the IPS 1920×1200 screen I was desperately seeking. And as I dove deeper into the specs it looked exactly like what I’d been hoping to see from Google – an upgraded Nexus 7. In fact, I’ll bet that it actually have started its life as the 2014 version of the Nexus 7, as Asus built both previous incarnations. I can just see Google saying, “no thanks”, as its Motorola partners pushed the “6” on them. It seemed just right to me, so I impulsively pulled out the credit card and picked one up.

    After getting it home and giving it a deep dive, I found that this new 7-inch tablet really was very similar to the Nexus 7. The size, for example, was almost exactly the same. It was a mere .3 millimeter wider, and exactly the same height. With those specs, it promised to be just as good of a travelling companion as the Nexus 7 (2013). And it was slightly lighter, and about 5% thinner too!

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    The front camera had slightly better specs, but the rear camera seemed exactly the same. And the battery appeared identical too – both were 15Wh lithium polymer batteries.

    In a few important ways, though, the new ME572C was significantly better. First, the screen itself. My 2013 Nexus 7 didn’t even have Gorilla Glass, instead it only had a lesser, scratch resistant version from Corning. As I discovered, this led many others to suffer the same spontaneous Nexus 7 screen crack that I’d recently  suffered through. The new Asus uses Gorilla Glass 3, which I hope means it’ll be much less likely to spontaneously self-destruct.

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    The ME572C also includes a different processor and graphics subsystem. The Nexus 7 was built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 Quad-Core CPU, running at 1.5GHz, which shipped in 2012. The Asus, by contrast, is built around Intel’s latest Atom Z3560, which shipped in the spring of this year, running at 1.83GHz.

    The Nexus’ Snapdragon core includes a built in graphics engine, the Adreno 320, while the Asus includes the same GPU as the iPad Air and iPad Mini- Imagination’s PowerVR 6430.  Both the graphics and CPU are upgrades from the Nexus 7 – and in my first week of using the Asus tablet it did seem a bit peppier. However I didn’t run any in-depth games, or benchmarks, so your mileage may vary. I was simply happy to have a little bit of Moore’s Law on my side with this new tablet compared to the older Nexus.

    One other notable addition to the Asus ME572C: a micro-SD card slot that will take up to 64GB of removable storage. When the difference between a 16GB and a 32GB tablet can run $80 or more, it’s nice to know I can bring my 16GB version up to 32GB for less than $10. Or I can take it all the way up to 86GB for under $40. I know why Apple and Google don’t offer these slots – they make major profit on the higher capacity models. Kudos to Asus for not playing that game.

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    After using the ASUS ME572C for a few weeks I’m pretty happy. The battery life seems longer than my old Nexus 7, the screen is just as bright and clear, and I’m only a little nonplussed by Asus’ Android interface tweaks and software load. I ran into problems with Asus’ ZenUI crashing while I was running Facebook, but beyond that it’s pretty innocuous. I really liked how I could delete – or simply make disappear – both Asus’ add-on apps and standard Android annoyances that I never use. Google Play Movies, Games and Books, I’m looking right at you.

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    One minor quibble:  the ME572C is almost exactly the same size as the Nexus 7 (2013), but sports more pointy corners than the Google flavor. Those small differences mean my old cases for the Nexus 7 just don’t fit anymore.  So I had to go out and buy a brand new case – and toss the old ones in the recycling bin. I get product differentiation, but seriously Asus: couldn’t you have saved some small part of the earth by simply going with the old case design.

    So yes, I think I’ve got a pretty great replacement for the Nexus 7. This is the product Google should have released, along with the 5, 6 and 9. Unfortunately, because it’s not a Nexus device, and not released by Google, it doesn’t have Lollipop yet – unlike my Nexus 5 phone. Asus claims I’ll have it in about a month, but until then I’m feeling a bit like a second-class Android citizen.

    But I’m happy with my new tablet. It’s the right size, the right screen and the right feel. We’ll see how long the screen lasts on this one!

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    ASUS Google Nexus 7 FHD (2013) Android Tablet - 2 GB RAM Quad-Core CPU 16 GB Flash (Wi-Fi Only)

    Thinner, lighter, and faster. ASUS Nexus 7 Tablet brings you the perfect mix of power, features, and portability. Take it with you, and enjoy endless fun wherever you’re.

    Features at a Glance

    • Over 2.3 million pixels packed into a 7-inch display with an ultra-high 323ppi for incredible visuals in full HD
    • Slim new design increases comfort and portability, narrow bezels make it easy to hold in one hand
    • Designed for portability: weighing only 290g with an ultra-thin 8.65mm profile
    • Quad-core performance: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB RAM for smooth and responsive performance
    • Photos and videos with dual HD cameras: 1.2MP front and 5MP rear
    • Cinematic stereo surround: Fraunhofer Cingo mobile audio technology for 5.1 virtual surround sound, with or without headphones
    • Speedy dual-band Wi-Fi and optional 4G LTE for blazing internet speeds. Stay connected anywhere, anytime
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    Smart, Thin and Gorgeous

    The clean, simple design features a slim body, a thin bezel and a soft-touch, matte back cover. It sits comfortably in the palm of your hand while the bright, beautiful 7-inch display brings entertainment to life.

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    Lighter than Ever, Lasts Longer

    At just 0.64lbs (290g), ASUS Nexus 7 is light enough to be taken anywhere, and fits easily in bags, backpacks, and even back-pockets. With up to 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, there's plenty of juice to get you through the day, and built-in wireless charging means you can charge, grab, and go.

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    The world's highest-resolution 7-inch tablet puts over 2.3 million pixels in the palm of your hand. With 323 pixels packed into every inch, you can read text that’s sharper than a printed page, see images more vivid than the highest quality photo magazine, and watch movies come to life in vibrant HD.

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    Sound that Surrounds

    ASUS Nexus 7 features stereo speakers and Surround Sound powered by Fraunhofer (creators of the MP3 format), so you get rich and immersive audio. Hear it all more clearly with finely tuned volume boost technology that makes dialog and sound crisp and easier on the ears.

    Capture Every Moment

    Video conferencing and face-to-face chats with family and friends are more seamless than ever. 1.2MP front and 5MP auto-focus rear cameras allow you to capture every moment with rich photos or crisp Full HD videos.

    Best of Google

    ASUS Nexus 7 comes loaded with your favorite Google apps – like Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Hangouts and Google Now – so you can browse, watch, share and stay connected wherever you go. And because Google apps are designed for the cloud, everything is simple and works seamlessly across your phone, tablet and computer. Now you have all the stuff you need, when you need it.

    Powered by Android

    ASUS Nexus 7 is the first tablet to ship with Android 4.3, the latest version of the world's most popular mobile operating system, so it's fast, fun and easy to make your own. Share your tablet with friends and family – each person has a separate customizable space, including personal homescreen, wallpaper, apps, storage, and more. You can also manage access to apps and content to create an experience that’s appropriate for each member of the family.

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    ASUS Nexus 7 is great for gaming and with favorites like Prince of Persia, Asphalt 8, and Riptide GP 2, you can tilt, tap, and touch your way to the top. The brand new Play Games app also lets you track your achievements, play with (or against) friends and gamers around the world, and discover new exciting games. And with an ever-expanding number of tablet-optimized apps like Flipboard, Expedia, or The Fancy, you’ll find all the apps you love, and love the many new apps you find.

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    Nexus 7 (2013)

    Second generation Nexus 7 tablet by Google

    Nexus 7 Logo.svg
    Front view of computer tablet in portrait position. The screen is on, displaying a colorful background.
    DeveloperGoogle, Asus
    Product familyGoogle Nexus
    TypeTablet computer
    Release dateJuly 26, 2013 (United States)
    August 13, 2013 (Canada)[1]
    August 28, 2013 (United Kingdom)[2]
    November 20, 2013 (India)
    Introductory price16 GB: US$229
    32 GB: US$269
    32 GB (LTE model): US$349
    DiscontinuedApril 25, 2015[3]
    Operating systemOriginal:Android4.3 "Jelly Bean"
    Current:Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow"
    Unofficial:Android 11 via LineageOS 18.1
    System on a chipQualcommSnapdragon S4 Pro (Snapdragon 600) APQ8064–1AA[4]
    CPU1.51 GHz quad-core Krait 300
    Memory2 GB DDR3LRAM
    Storage16 or 32 GB
    Display7.02 in (178 mm) 16:10aspect ratio, 323 px/in (127 px/cm) pixel density1920 × 1200 178° view angle backlit IPSLCD, scratch resistant Corning Fit glass 10 point capacitive touchscreen
    Graphics400 MHz quad-core Adreno 320
    SoundStereo speakers, 5.1 surround sound by Fraunhofer, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA,
    InputGPS/GLONASS, dual microphone, gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensor, magnetometer, Hall effect sensor, proximity sensor (with cellular model)[5]
    Camera1.2 MP front-facing 720p video recording, 5.0 MP rear-facing f/2.4 AF, 1080p video recording
    Connectivity3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi dual-band (802.11a/b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), Miracast, NFC, micro USB2.0, Slimport, 4GLTE (with cellular model)
    PowerInternal rechargeable non-removable lithium-ion polymer 3,950 mAh 16 Wh battery, Qi Wireless Charging
    Online servicesGoogle Play
    Dimensions200 mm × 114 mm × 8.65 mm (7.87 in × 4.49 in × 0.34 in)
    MassWi-Fi only: 290 g (10 oz)
    Cellular model: 299 g (10.5 oz)
    PredecessorNexus 7 (2012)
    SuccessorNexus 9
    WebsiteNexus 7 2013

    The second generation Nexus 7, also commonly referred to as the Nexus 7 (2013), is a mini tablet computer co-developed by Google and Asus that runs the Androidoperating system. It is the second of three tablets in the Google Nexus tablet series (Nexus 7 (2012), this Nexus 7 (2013), and the Nexus 9), the Nexus family including both phones and tablets running essentially stock Android which were originally marketed for developer testing but later marketed by Google to consumers as well, all of which were built by various original equipment manufacturer partners. Following the success of the original Nexus 7, this second generation of the device was released on July 26, 2013, four days earlier than the originally scheduled date due to early releases from various retailers.[6][7][8][9] The tablet was the first device to ship with Android 4.3.[10]

    The second iteration of the 7.0 in (180 mm) tablet, code named "Razor",[11] has various upgrades from the previous generation, including a 1.5 GHz quad-coreSnapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of memory, a 1920 × 1200 pixel display (323 pixels per inch; 127 px/cm), dual cameras (1.2 MP front, 5 MP rear), stereo speakers, built-in inductive Qiwireless charging, and a SlimPort (via micro USB connector) capable of full high-definition video output to an external display.



    Nexus 7 was the first device to be shipped with Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean". All Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7, run a version of Android free of manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications (e.g., custom graphical user interfaces or 'skins' such as TouchWiz and HTC Sense) commonly included on other Android devices. Nexus products also feature an unlockable bootloader, which enabled "rooting" the device, thereby enabling user access to privileged control over the Android environment, which in turn enables further development or modification of the operating system or replacement of the device's firmware.[12][13][14] An update to Android 4.4 was released in November 2013, followed by another update to Android 4.4.2 one month later and eventually an update to Android 4.4.3 in June 2014 and 4.4.4 in July. The Wi-Fi only variant of the Nexus 7 was one of the two devices of which the Android L developer preview was officially available for, with the other being the Nexus 5.[15]Android 5.0 "Lollipop" was released in November 2014 for The Wi-Fi only version. In July 2015, Android 5.1.1 was rolled out to the Nexus 7, containing a fix for the Stagefright bug.

    In November 2015, Nexus 7 started receiving Android 6.0 "Marshmallow" update across the world.[16] Following which Nexus 7 became one of the first devices to get an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update in December 2015.[16] The Nexus 7 (2013) will not receive an official Android 7.0 "Nougat" update,[17] meaning that Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is the last officially supported Android version for the device.

    In December 2020, LineageOS announced official builds of LineageOS 17.1 (a distribution of Android 10 "Q") for the Nexus 7.[18] These require repartitioning the internal eMMC due to the outdated and small partition sizes that the device comes with, and the increasing sizes of modern Android versions.[19] It is currently the only major supported operating system for the device, as Android 6.0.1 (the last version of Android that Google supplied the system with) has not received security patches since September 2018.

    Hardware and design[edit]

    The Nexus 7 (ASUS-1A005A) is both thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It is manufactured by Asus, and comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064–1AASoC, (1.5 GHz quad-core Krait 300 and an Adreno 320 GPU, clocked at 400 MHz). The new Nexus 7's SoC is believed to be a variation of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 processor (branded as "S4 Pro") underclocked to 1.5 GHz.[20] It has 2 GB of RAM (doubling that of the previous generation) and is available with either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal flash memory storage. Like all other current-generation Google Nexus devices, there is no option for additional storage via micro SD expansion card. The Nexus 7 2013 natively supports OTG cable micro USB to USB flash drives, and USB SD card readers via the Nexus Media Importer for read/write (including NTFS formats).[21][22] The battery is reported to last up to 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading. The battery's capacity has been lowered from 4,325 mAh in the 2012 Nexus 7, to 3,950 mAh in the 2013 version. Despite this reduction, battery life typically exceeds that of the original due to hardware and software optimizations.[23]

    The Nexus 7 screen has a resolution of 1920 × 1200, an increase from the previous generation's 1280 × 800 display. Additionally, the panel's contrast ratio and color gamut are reportedly superior to the previous model.[24]

    The Nexus 7 was initially only available in black, but in December 2013 a white option was added.[25]

    Model variants[edit]

    Model ME571K/K008[26]ME571KL NA/K009[26][27]ME571KL EU/K009[26][28]
    Storage 16/32 GB 32 GB 32 GB
    Carriers None AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Many
    4GNone LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/13/17

    700/750/850/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz

    LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/20

    800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz

    3GNone HSPA+: 1/2/4/5/8


    HSPA+: 1/2/4/5/8


    2GNone GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz


    The reviews of the second-generation Nexus 7 have been highly favorable with many reviewers claiming it to be the best 7-inch tablet in the market.[29] Reviewers praised the device for its size, design, display, price, inclusion of a rear-facing camera, contemporary user interface and the growing number of tablet-optimized Android applications.[29] It has been praised for being a notable improvement over its predecessor.[29] The device competes with iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HDX and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

    Despite the age of the Nexus 7, in June 2018 it was still the fourth most popular tablet in use around the world.[30]

    See also[edit]


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    2. ^Dey, Aditya. "Google New Nexus 7 to Launch in the UK on August 28". Archived from the original on August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
    3. ^D'Orazio, Dante (April 25, 2015). "Google's Nexus 7 tablet has been discontinued". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
    4. ^"New Nexus 7 (Codename Razor) Fully Detailed And Benchmarked – 2GB Of RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro, And 1920x1200 Screen".
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    9. ^"Leak Suggests New Nexus 7 Will Have Android 4.3, Dual Cameras, SlimPort, And Wireless Charging – On Sale July 31st At Staples".
    10. ^Dey, Aditya. "Google Finally Unveils New Nexus 7 Android 4.3 Tablet, Price and Specifications". Archived from the original on August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
    11. ^Whitman, Ryan (July 23, 2013). "New Nexus 7 (Codename Razor) Fully Detailed And Benchmarked – 2GB Of RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro, And 1920x1200 Screen". Retrieved 2013-07-28.
    12. ^Nickinson, Phil (July 16, 2012). "Ask AC: What is 'unlocked'?". Android Central. Mobile Nation. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
    13. ^"Building for devices". Retrieved September 1, 2012.
    14. ^Kralevich, Nick (December 20, 2010). "It's not "rooting", it's openness". Android Developers. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
    15. ^Android L Developer Preview system images
    16. ^ abLestoc, Costea (November 9, 2015). "Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9 With Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Status". BLORGE. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
    17. ^Ruddock, David. "RIP: The Nexus 5 isn't getting Android 7.0 Nougat, let's say our goodbyes". Android Police. Illogical Robot LLC. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
    18. ^Wilde, Damien. "Official LineageOS 17.1 support comes to Nexus 7 (2013)". 9to5Google. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
    19. ^"Info about flo". LineageOS Wiki.
    20. ^Klug, Brian (July 27, 2013). "Nexus 7 (2013) - Mini Review". Anandtech. Anandtech. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
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    23. ^Platform Power & Battery Life : The Nexus 7 (2013) Review -
    24. ^Shimpi, Anand Lal (August 22, 2013). "The Nexus 7 (2013) Review". Anandtech. Anandtech.
    25. ^"Google launches LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Z Ultra Play Editions, white Nexus 7 — Tech News and Analysis". Retrieved 2013-12-10.
    26. ^ abc"Confirmed Specifications of Asus K008(ME571K) and Asus K009(ME571KL),the next generation Google Nexus 7 Tablets". Technology Blogs Simplified.
    27. ^"Google Nexus 7 FHD LTE NA 2013 ME571KL 32GB (Asus Razor) Detailed Specs". PhoneDB.
    28. ^"Google Nexus 7 FHD LTE EU 2013 ME571KL 32GB (Asus Razor) Detailed Specs". PhoneDB.
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