The Google Nexus 7 has a meltdown
We're not saying that something fishy happened with the Google Nexus 7, we are just pointing out that you can't always believe the device owner in a case like this. Asus apparently believed the man as the Taiwan based firm has already sent out a new model to make up for the smoldering one that is probably undergoing an autopsy in the manufacturer's lab.
If you're into the macabre, check out the pictures below of the crispy Google Nexus 7.
source: Baidu (translated), NotebookItalia (translated) via Phandroid
34. deuel_18 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
i saw an amazon kindle fire being baked in an over and came out still fine...hhhhhmmmmmmmmmm any connection?
35. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4012; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I see people below are denying this happened. Had this been an iPad people would have been crying firegate or something.
38. nbringer (Posts: 178; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Mine is charging atm... all is good with the world.
36. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4012; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Maybe it actually did overheat. Electronics can and have done it before.
3. MeoCao (unregistered)
This can happen to any device and not just N7.
But no 1 can deny that Nexus 7 is HOT.
9. wendygarett (unregistered)
Agree... Tegra 3 device is hot...
But it's hard to me to believe that this can be exploded into this situation... Probably is the consumer's fault IDK...
31. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Yep, my friend's iPhone 3GS caught on fire while charging... nothing new.
4. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
I call BS. This reminds me of when the Evo first came out and someone claimed the phone exploded, which turned out to be a hoax. I have a Nexus 7 and the battery stop charging once it's full. I've left mines on the charger over night many times. This is unlikely to happen with any electronic device.
16. darkskoliro (Posts: 995; Member since: 07 May 2012)
theres always a possibility that a device could do things such as this. not going to rule out BS though, who knows.
33. Hemlocke (unregistered)
It may be BS, but your battery doesn't stop charging when it reaches full. It keeps taking current for as long as it is plugged in.
41. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
That's not true. It stops taking a charge once it's full. However if it drops below 97% then it'll continue to take a charge.
5. hung2900 (Posts: 815; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
"Samsung seemed like they were being mean when neither would exchange the phone for a new one"
I dont know what writer talking about. The man having the exploded phone posted on a forum that after few days he was given a new one, and after that he confessed his friend put it into the microwave. We know in the microwave metal will be melt down quickly, that's why the antena was burned. That is totally different from this case.
6. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
The Han Solo caption was funny...lol.
Yea....the Droid 2 was supposed to have exploded while a man was on the phone. Turns out it was a hoax. I'm not doubting this didnt happen. There could be any reason for it to happen. Defective tablet or charger.
I found out a few years ago one of my wall outlets was overheating plugs, I saw burn marks on one plug.
8. nwright94 (unregistered)
(Just some humor don't freak out) I can imagine if an iPad did this you guys would have a totally different tone of comment.
10. wendygarett (unregistered)
I don't mind the different tone of comment, it's their rights to speak after all :)
It's also the consumer rights to know this too so that we can be more cautious on n7 and iPad etc...
12. nwright94 (unregistered)
Yeah they do have the rights, I'm not denying that :) I'm just saying that if an iPad melted they'd be calling apples quality into question and not even thinking about the fact that when these things happen, it's usually something the owner of the device did. I've yet to have any device from any maker melt or blow up on me.
13. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
Eh. iDevices have their own problems. Read PA and you'll see plenty of issues with the iPhone 5.
14. wendygarett (unregistered)
I respect those issues offered from the PA in order for me to double check my phone situation, by far I see no problem on my iPhone 5 :)
15. nwright94 (unregistered)
This is true. All devices have their issues. My iPhone 5 hasn't run into anything yet but any flaws will eventually show themselves. Like my brothers gs3s back cover doesn't clip on all the way, we've tried different backs. And my iPad has screen backlight bleeding. The problems seem to be blown up on idevices though. Yes I assume its because the super fans claiming that idevices are perfect but it gets a little nuts.
18. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Absolutely. It's always awesome when something bad happens to an apple product because the company is pure evil and deserves any negative press that comes along.
Can't be the most valuable company in the world for long when you keep putting out devices that are gradually more and more inferior to earlier attempts.
21. nwright94 (unregistered)
Every device has their problems. I haven't run into any issues on my 5 and its definitely a nice step up from the Samsung focus I was using before. P
26. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I agree. If it's running a program or application it will crash at some point. But I'd be lieing if I said I didn't feel an immense sense of satisfaction every time an apple product fails or blows up or simply 'just doesn't work'. Since apple controls both the hardware and software of their products, it makes it difficult for them to pass the blame onto others.
27. nwright94 (unregistered)
We all have our guilty pleasures :) and yes they have no one to blame but themselves or Foxconn, and it'd be just wrong to blame it on Foxconn.
23. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
As we've said before, it's because Apple is selling the idea of a perfect product, meaning it doesn't screw up, doesn't heat up and doesn't blow up. And even when it does happen, Apple just keeps pushing the blame off themselves and deny everything (Anthenaegate, New iPad overheating, Maps). Yes, I realize they apologized for most of that, but even when they did, they did not explicitly say it's their fault (Anthenaegate = It's a common problem, Overheating iPad = It's not overheating, use it less, Maps = We're improving it, so there's nothing wrong with it.)
So when something f**ks up, of cause we're gonna be harsh on them.
25. nwright94 (unregistered)
I see what you mean. But every company does that to a point. Like I bought a laptop from toshiba and the screen had dead pixels from the first boot up. I called and they said I probably damaged it on the way home and they couldn't do anything about it. Apple does have an arrogance about them, but they aren't the only company to brush blame off.
11. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)
this is lithium meet fire.
battery blow up
17. mydi.maus (unregistered)
well its just great its not an ipad.and looks like a Bar-B-Q NEXUS chicken.
19. Hammerfest (Posts: 370; Member since: 12 May 2012)
I have had 2 phones (old feature phones) blow up when I left them in my office plugged in...
They also happened to be sitting on my old desk (in my old apartment) which is under a rather large window where the sun rises slightly to my left but still right onto my desk... (had a shrowd on my LCD at the time, just didnt think my LG work feature phone would die from the sun so fast)....
Anyway. Good stuff, ASUS to the rescue
20. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
If it was an iPad the comments would be like.
"NEXUS 7 FTW!!"
"Apple is trying to get people to buy the new iPad 4"
And a whole bunch of other ignorant things.
22. nwright94 (unregistered)
That's exactly what I'm saying too haha.
24. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
As tragic as this may be to the owner and the rest of us Android fanatics, at least this does little to nothing in regards to ruining Google's and Android's good name. This falls into the lap of the manufacturer and their hardware suppliers.
28. almostdone (Posts: 130; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
Even if this was true, this is only 1 in the multi-millions of N7's sold. To put this in context you probably have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting a melting N7.
29. djstammo (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
Showed this news a month ago at the "Nexus 7 already the best selling tablet ever in the UK" news comment. Why took so long?
30. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
this is the consumer's fault acually!
"The owner of the tablet says that the slate was in his office overnight when the incident occurred"
so he forgot to unplug his tablet! its his fault! human error! not company's error!
32. networkdood (Posts: 6306; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
faulty wiring, or did he microwave it?
37. darkkjedii (Posts: 12358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Uh ohhhhhhh... This simply proves, that the nexus 7 like any device can have issues. The iPad, nexus, surface, galaxy tab, and the rest r prone to problems. It's still a great tablet though.
39. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Years back there was case of Nokia phonesw exploding dureing charge and that time it came out to be battery issue as a result opf which certain serial numbers of battery lot were given free repalcement.
40. dukefawcett (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)
either used the wrong charger, or carged it was it was in the microwave