Is cheap memory killing off Google Nexus 7 units before their time?

Is cheap memory killing off Google Nexus 7 units before their time?
The older the Google Nexus 7 tablet gets, the worse it runs according to a number of the tablet's owners who are complaining about things like a terribly long 10 second lag just to orient the tablet correctly. One owner of the tablet complains about problems including lagging in the browser, lagging when multitasking and having the device experience one crash and reboot per hour. The owner of that Google Nexus 7, which is built by ASUS, said, "I’m amazed at how quickly the Nexus 7 deteriorated."

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.

source: AppleInsider

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43 Comments

1. Furbal unregistered

Wouldn't suprise me. My tf700 has horrible i/o due to memory issues.

17. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 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: Jun 22, 2012

The source is Appleinsider. That says a lot about these claims.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

thats like getting Boeing to test out a Airbus

9. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

But a legitimate claim. I haven't had this issue myself but know a couple who have the same problem.

28. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I have the same problem with my Nexus:LAG!

32. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

They don't want to spend the money on a real tablet.

4. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 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: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I can vouch for this. My Nexus has been running at a snails pace lately.

7. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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: Dec 17, 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: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 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: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Yeah, one of them was Apple loyalists, definitely this will PROVE all his previous arguments.

23. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Ouch. My condolences because you're never going to hear the end of that.

39. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Stop recommending toys to adults

12. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

How long after you got your Nexus 7 did it start to lag?

22. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

31. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

4.2 spoiled it

13. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

This is like fodder for fanboy fight

14. Leica_Shooter

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I got a 16GB since day one, and it works flawlessly.

15. sberk

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 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: Oct 03, 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: Jun 09, 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.

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