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

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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Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Seems like anyone with android is patient.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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

11. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 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)


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why wouldn't they be patient..... ™

5. papss unregistered

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

13. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

getting one tonight! ;D

7. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Exactly what i'm doing right now.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm in for a couple myself.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

15. cthunder

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

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

16. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 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!

18. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

19. etoolz54

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 01, 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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