Is cheap memory killing off Google Nexus 7 units before their time?
Other users have complained about their Google Nexus 7 becoming a paperweight and some are having issues with other ASUS built tablets as well. Some blame Android for the problem. With that in mind, one suggestion for Google Nexus 7 owners is to download a utility app which will manually "zero out" installed memory on the tablet which is a 20 minute process on a 16GB device. That seemed to work for a Nexus 7 owner whose tablet started working again, until the lagging returned and once again the tablet became unresponsive.
Some are pointing their finger at the SSD memory on the slab, which is wearing out early. Unlike drives that move, SSD's wear down over time. And while higher quality Solid State Drives would last longer, the trade-off is a more expensive cost which would raise the price of the tablet. But that would go against the whole idea of the Google Nexus 7, which is to offer buyers a great tablet at a great price.
One Android app developer says that the problem with the Google Nexus 7 is a known "bug in Samsung's flash controller firmware." He says that this bug usually goes into effect once there is less than 3GB of storage remaining. When that happens, the tablet starts running slow, practically locking up the slate for a few seconds. An update sent out by Google for the Nexus 7, with Android 4.1.2, gives the tablet a way to avoid triggering the slow down.
Hearing about these problems might give ASUS and Google the incentive to speed up the oft-rumored refresh version of the Google Nexus 7, which would offer a higher resolution screen, a thinner bezel and possibly Android 4.3 on board. Recently, an ASUS tablet was spotted at the FCC wearing Android 4.3 and this could be the new version of the Google Nexus 7. If Google does offer a new version of the slate, let's hope that whatever is causing the early demise of the tablet is fixed.
If you're a Google Nexus 7 owner and you've noticed the tablet getting sluggish over time, let us know by dropping us a comment in the box below.
1. Furbal (Posts: 227; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Wouldn't suprise me. My tf700 has horrible i/o due to memory issues.
17. erikiksaz (Posts: 91; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)
FIX FIX FIX
Fix for the Nexus 7. If yours was experiencing the slowdown, one person suggested using an app called Forever Gone (SD card cleaner) in the play store to fix the issue.
Apparently it works well. Just had my gf's dad try it and he noticed the difference.
2. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
The source is Appleinsider. That says a lot about these claims.
5. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
thats like getting Boeing to test out a Airbus
9. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 845; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
But a legitimate claim. I haven't had this issue myself but know a couple who have the same problem.
28. Eonnaydra (Posts: 197; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
I have the same problem with my Nexus:LAG!
32. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 810; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Android and Me ran the original article.
3. wendygarett (unregistered)
All I can say is 32gb internal storage...
if you are a stubborn guy who still want 16gb and below device, get an iPad :)
38. JunitoNH (Posts: 834; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
They don't want to spend the money on a real tablet.
4. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
The 4.1.2 update (assuming their explanation is correct) is only half of a fix. The supposed cause is a TRIM error, and the update doesn't resolve it retroactively. A full wipe to 4.1.2+ should clear the issue, again, assuming Google and Asus are right.
40. icyrock1 (Posts: 301; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
That might be why I haven't seen any decrease in performance. I got mine when 4.2 was release on the N7, and has a habit I wipe the device before using it (even though I got it from wall-mart and I know it hasn't been used before. It's part of my OCD).
6. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
I can vouch for this. My Nexus has been running at a snails pace lately.
7. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
You get what you pay for. The Amazon Kindle with inferior specs are being sold at-cost at $200.
Even with the cheaper parts you're still getting great value for your money. Google is subsidizing the cost and Asus is probably getting razor thin ( and I mean THIN) margins, if anything at all. Just like it was said in a previous article, LG took up the Nexus 4 phone in order to promote it's brand as a quality phone manufacturer... I'm not sure if it worked though. People just call it a Google Nexus.
41. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I agree. For $200, the Nexus 7 is still one of the top 7 inch tablets on the market. Even if this is a hardware issue (and there is reason to believe that it is software related), you can't expect much more.
As for the Nexus 4, it's not convincing me to buy an LG phone. I bought it for the software (though the hardware is incredible for the price). I'll definitely buy a Nexus again, but I won't go out of my way for an LG device.
43. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
LG was great with the Nexus 4. But they should make a greater Nexus 7.I think Google should move away from ASUS or charge a higher cost for higher quality components.
8. amiaq (Posts: 378; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Come on!! No wonder my Nexus 7 behaving like that. So I am not the only one. I was so giving up using it due to the lag. Not just that, when I first bought it I recommended the tablet over the iPad Mini to 3-4 other friend/family. Now I wait for them to blame me!! arrghhh!!
10. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 845; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
With the money you saved them they can buy the second generation nexus 7 too and still have spent less than an ipad mini.
11. wendygarett (unregistered)
Do you think those users will buy another nexus 7 after have the bad experience?
18. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 845; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Good point. With most of the people I know it all depends how invested they are in the ecosystem and willingness to give it another try. Although if the same thing happens with the next generation Nexus 7 as well then google pretty much lost a lot of customers for life no matter how much better it is each progressive year.
21. amiaq (Posts: 378; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Yeah, one of them was Apple loyalists, definitely this will PROVE all his previous arguments.
23. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 845; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Ouch. My condolences because you're never going to hear the end of that.
12. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
How long after you got your Nexus 7 did it start to lag?
22. amiaq (Posts: 378; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
A good 4-5 months I think, I noticed it after I opened up 2 more accounts for my daughters, when the JB 4.2 update allow multi users. I thought it was the JellyBean update. I was very dissapointed.
14. Leica_Shooter (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
I got a 16GB since day one, and it works flawlessly.
15. sberk (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
Try LagFix Free by Grilled Monkey available on Google Play. Quick, easy and effective. It has kept my N7 from becoming a Frisbee. Be sure to run again if you flash mods or kjernels .
16. marcdunn82 (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
And here I thought it was because I had upgraded to the nexus 4 for my phone which would undoubtedly out perform my nexus 7 and make it seem slow. Bit I'm going to look into this.
19. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
What do you expect for the cheap product, i xperience that to my gnexus, sub par speakers, subpar camera, battery sucker, except build quality and software update.
20. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
Same with nexus 4, beauty outside, inferior internal parts.
24. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Damn. Well, hopefully the new Nexus will have better flash memory for the same price. The question I have is whether Asus and Google would have known about the problems they'd eventually have using the cheaper flash memory. If so they should know better, because others in this thread are right: one bad experience will kill someone's faith in the entire operating system, especially someone who might be an Apple user otherwise. They look for even the slightest excuse to swear off a competitor to Apple. I've seen it happen.
Just about everyone I've seen who's switched to an iPhone from an Android device has done so because their former device had issues of some sort. This is especially true with those who got the cheap ass Android phones from a couple years ago. I mean, how the hell is it fair to judge Android as an OS from the Optimus S?
25. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
just hope my nexus 10 isnt affected by this further down the line......
26. jibraihimi (Posts: 649; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Solution for this problem: google should have microsd card slot in next Nexus tablet............
36. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
but still the apps and system runs off the SSD , so if that fails , it gonna be a paperweight
27. boosook (Posts: 896; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
all right, so they sold millions of nexus 7 and there are some users that are having problems... and an Apple site starts saying that this is due to low quality memory... proof? how many users have reported the problem? 10 out of 10 millions or 5 millions out of 10 millions? and which is the maker of the chips? are they used elsewhere? and keep in mind that even apple products fail... how many?
What's more, we know that SSD wear out quickly when they are used near their maximum capacity. This holds with EVERY ssd. We also know that SSD performance decreases over time... with EVERY ssd...
29. Veigald (Posts: 226; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
I'm not surprised at all about this, as I generally have a negative impression of Android performance over time.
However, Apple should not talk too loudly about this. My wife's iPad was completely useless after two years, having been upgraded to death by Apple. It lagged, stuttered and was mostly display checkers when browsing. Horrible experience.
30. Eonnaydra (Posts: 197; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
I have the same problem.It is very laggy sometimes and it's crushing alot of games/apps.
I've had these problems since I bought it,but after 4.2 update it became a nightmare.
I saw a guy who said that only few people complain about it,this is NOT true,every person who I know and bought it have a lot of problems with it, especially with the display and the building quality.
Now I know why Apple priced the iPad Mini at 329$->stability,rich ecosystem,building quality,no lag,great rear camera.
I will never buy another Nexus.
33. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
If the update has been fixed with an Android 4.1.2 update, and the slate is on Android 4.2.2 already, what really is pushing ASUS and Google to speed up the release of the Nexus 7 refresh?
34. idolbds (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
I purchased my Nexus 7 towards the end of last year; it's not even a year old yet. But, it's completely dead. I can't get the tablet to turn on; the screen just flickers for about a second. I thought about sending it back because it's under warranty, but honestly as cheap as it was, I don't care too much. I also agree that it's performance definitely deteriorated near the end of it's life. It would take more than 3 or 4 minutes to boot, and sometimes wouldn't even load my apps and would completely freeze. Luckily, I can do all the things it did on my phone and I plan on getting a fully optioned out ultra-book of some kind. It's better for school anyways.
35. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 770; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
It's a damn shame. Nexus devices just seem to be filled with weird issues, glad Google finally chose to make already existing phones Nexus devices.
37. JusMePnut (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
Thought it was jus me. Now I see a lot of people with this problem.
42. perrykahai (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jun 2013)
I do not have problems with the Nexus 7 but definitely have them with the TF700t. Interestingly, the lag problems on the 700t crop-up only on Android 4.2.2.