Is there a problem with the build quality of the new Nexus 7?

Is there a problem with the build quality of the new Nexus 7?
The new Google Nexus 7 has some welcomed changes such as a higher screen resolution to 1920 x 1200. That gives the tablet a pixel density of  323ppi, among the highest for a tablet. The Tegra 3 processor has been replaced by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro S4. The slate is thinner and lighter than the original, is 80% faster and has 4X the graphics performance.

Earlier today we told you that some retailers have been selling the tablet on Friday even though the launch date is actually July 30th. Which brings us to one of our loyal readers who managed to purchase one of the new Nexus 7 tablets from a GameStop today. After taking home the tablet and using it for 10 minutes, look at what happened to the Nexus name on the back of the tablet. As you probably know, ASUS is the company behind the Google Nexus 7, both the OG and the new versions of the slate.

Has anyone else had any sort of problem with the build quality of their new Nexus 7? Let us know by dropping a comment in the box below.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

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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. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Picked mine up from Best Buy today and been using it for a couple hours testing chromecast. No such wear on the back of mine yet. Hopefully it stays that way.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How is it so far?

39. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Couple of hours here and I'm fully impressed. I have the old one as well and it's no comparison. Not only is the newer one amazingly fast, the screen is beautiful and the build quality is really solid. The battery was round 50% out of the box so I haven't charged it fully to test how 4.3 performs. Probably load the same Netflix movie on both tomorrow and do a side by side test to see how the battery holds up. And 4.3 says Jelly Bean in the settings, it's not Key Lime Pie. And as for performance, if anyone says this thing lags, they are nothing but trolls, this is the smoothest I've seen Android yet. First impression, impressed.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cool enjoy your purchase bro. I checked a hands on on YouTube, and liked what I saw.

29. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I bought mine just few hours ago and I don't have a such problem either

47. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

When the title of the article said "problem with build quality on the new Nexus 7" I thought it would be something like a gap between the glass and the rest of the device or the notification light not working properly or anything else but a sticker on the back of the device falling off. Ladies and gentlemen, it is a sticker on the back of the device that came off. I am sure Google and Asus are already sending out apology letters for not having stickers with a proper adhesive (sarcasm). If you look closely, it looks as if the person took their fingernail and scratched it off. It probably happened when he was taking off the the plastic bag it was encased in like a child ripping open a Christmas gift.

2. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Well maybe if you didn't watermark right over the spot. And what even is that? So there is one problem and it has issues? I forgot no company ever had any issues with products lol.

52. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

glad someone noticed as well, PhoneArena watermarks are the most stupid ones I've in the whole internet so far: big, right in the middle of the image and almost no alpha. Sometimes there is no way to see the image under :(

3. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

FAIL WATERMARK IS FAIL... just saying...

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The tab might stop working because of this you know :P


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

LOL sad but true

37. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Oh god my eyes are hurting I just can see watermark oh god pls help my eyes.

4. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Oh Man, that's going to really mess up the screen resolution (1920 x 1200) or knock down the pixel density (323ppi) .., and Alan F and I know they don't make cases for tablets anymore. What a pity...smh

13. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

What's going to mess up the screen resolution or knock down the pixel density, I don't understand, can you explain?

15. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

He's being sarcastic. The title sort of implies a more serious issue than what appears in the picture.

45. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

S**t, I didn't see that coming. I found it a very serious article, so I wasn't thinking about sarcasm. Thanks.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The guy, whoever it is, really has restless fingers! Tell him to take a superglue and stick it right back!

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is why you don't buy day 1 release. There's bound to be problems...

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Amazing! One look at the title and I said to myself, "Ah, an Alan F. article." It's nice not being wrong about that prediction... ever. Gonna have to call shenanigans on this "article" too. 10 min of use my ass. That either came out of the box with a production imperfection, which while not being good at all & should be exchanged, also should have been immediately noticeable. I mean, the paint on the letter insert already appears to be chipping in multiple places. Why would the paint be chipping in so many spots? Why would the user have been in contact with the center of the tablet? (Considering how big the bezels are.) So no... either the user was placing the tablet stupidly on some kind of abrasive/gritty surface for some reason, or hmmm, so many areas of paint chipping? Looks more like someone used something to pry the letter insert up and then took this photo.... Alan... Also, who the hell does your watermarking? Atrocious.

26. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Well said

60. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

So true PA has a lot of really good writers and good articles it is a shame we also get stuck reading Alan F. ones also I suggest he works more with Mike H. and learn how to write good articles.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The fanboy double standard has started.

11. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Did you have anything pertinent to add... or were you just trying to incite trolling? Next time, try commenting on the article itself, instead of the commenters. Otherwise, it's off-topic, and just a little bit of a pot meets kettle situation.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it's not, it's what happens every time

24. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Oh... perhaps you two haven't met. Darkjedi meet internet, internet meet Darkjedi. I'll just let you two get acquainted. ;-p

33. iStabrak

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

You Troll! Stop Trolling Apple Fanboy! Causing flame ward!

10. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I don't see the problem here... Seriously, I really can't see it. There's a huge watermark covering everything.

32. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

lol. good one.

12. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Did anyone else notice the scuff marks on the letter "U"? Almost as if it were dropped or picked at until it came off. This seems a little fishy to me.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Er...that's the subject the article is based on. Who wouldn't notice the circled 'U'? It's not a scuff mark, the 'U' came off, as if the adhesive weren't well applied over that area. Looks more like finger picking.

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