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Consumer Reports suggests not buying Nexus 7 until issues are fixed (with update being pushed right now)

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Consumer Reports suggests not buying Nexus 7 until issues are fixed (with update being pushed right now)
Consumer Reports published its suggestions on whether or not you should buy the new Nexus 7 at 11:15AM today, and the basic gist of the post was to warn users to stay away until Google fixed issues with the GPS and touchscreen. Of course, Google began rolling out that update around 2AM today, so it seems that Consumer Reports is giving the go-ahead to buy a new Nexus 7.

Otherwise, Consumer Reports gave a pretty glowing review of Google's new tablet, saying that the display was "gorgeous, bright,... the sharpest one we’ve seen yet in a tablet". The updated processor and the price tag also went a long way in recommending the tablet. The only suggestion was for potential buyers to wait until Google sorted out the reported issues with GPS and the touchscreen. 

Since that update is rolling out right now, it doesn't look like Consumer Reports has any reason to suggest you wait. Of course, if you're in the market for a 7-inch Android tablet, it's hard to find a better deal than the Nexus 7. 

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posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:05

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1321; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Seems like Googles' customers are patient. N7 has a lot for the money.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:32 2

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3563; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Seems like anyone with android is patient.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:40 1

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 2931; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


True and has a more powerfully and flexible tool at their disposes than the ones that only use iOS.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 20:29 1

9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3563; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Hardware alone doesn't make a phone powerful. The iPhone may not have the quad core processor, but it doesn't need it. iOS works buttery smooth because it's optimized to work so well without requiring a lot of power.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 20:39 4

10. AfterShock (Posts: 2806; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Low pixels on small screen an no feature beyond an app switcher in launcher is their key.

No wonder, it's idle without input help, technically a dumb phone without app an user help.

Feature phone that can use apps, BB smokes it with basic funtcionality at this point.
Meh

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 20:58 4

11. tedkord (Posts: 4816; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It works buttery smooth because it's flat out simple and unsophisticated.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 03:33 3

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


iOS isn't really optimized as it is simple. I mean, just introducing multitasking and a few new animations in iOS 7 causes the iPhone 5 to stutter a couple times, based on the newest beta release. Yes, you could say because it's in beta they still have some optimization to work out, but the launch of the iPhone 5S is less than a month away, and I doubt they could optimize it much more than it already is.

If just basic functionality that other mobile OSs have is making the iPhone 5, which is fairly decent from a hardware perspective (especially graphics-wise), stutter a little, then Apple might need to either improve their Swift architecture quite a bit while keeping it at dual core, or move to quad core. Adding some more RAM wouldn't hurt either.

Now that Apple has added multitasking and more animations, they're going to need to step up their hardware. The iPhone 4S has a decent amount of lag on iOS 7 because 512 MB of RAM just doesn't cut it; but at least the 4S has a dual core processor, the iPhone 4 I would imagine would be how the 3GS was when iOS 6 came out, nearly unusable. So, not only does Apple now have to get rid of their usual hardware tactics and compensate for iOS 7, but they also have to future proof their devices for iOS 8 and 9.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 21:00 4

12. tedkord (Posts: 4816; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Remember when CR recommended not buying the iPhone 4 until Apple fixed the hangup spot on the side. I seem to recall you thinking CR was biased and not a good resource for making buying decisions then. What changed? (That's rhetorical, we all know what changed)

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:33

3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Why wouldn't they be patient.....

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:43 1

5. papss (unregistered)


Hey google get your testers a red bull or something, they need to work more. Polishing isn't their thing.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 21:02 2

13. tedkord (Posts: 4816; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But getting 8 of every 10 people to buy their product is their thing.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:57

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5599; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


getting one tonight! ;D

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:44

7. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Exactly what i'm doing right now.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 20:24

8. AfterShock (Posts: 2806; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I'm in for a couple myself.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 21:03

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6502; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


This is why u don't buy out and rush to buy the first bash of the tablet. I usually wait before till they fix all the bugs out

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 00:28

15. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Well that's with anything. Especially Tablets and Phones.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 03:00

16. Klamba92 (Posts: 197; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


That's great timing as my nexus 7 has just shipped from ebuyer in the UK yesterday ETA says today,can't wait hopefully the patch will be out by then!

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 19:27

18. roscuthiii (Posts: 1803; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Already got one; luckily haven't experienced any of the issues first hand. I rarely buy a product as soon as it's available. I like to give at least a 3-month vetting process to make sure all the bugs are identified and worked out.
Damn thing's definitely got itself ingrained with me; carrying it around like a child's Teddy Bear all the time.

Highly recommendable device after conducting a cost/benefit analysis.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 09:47

19. etoolz54 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


This article forgets that this update might not completely cure the issues plaging this latest Nexus launch.

I would wait for the final LTE version to be introduced to the mix, then go from there if there's not many issues with it.

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