The Google Nexus 7 has a meltdown

The Google Nexus 7 has a meltdown
Imagine plugging in your Google Nexus 7 using the OEM charger and three hours later your tablet has had a meltdown. The owner of the tablet says that the slate was in his office overnight when the incident occurred. We should say, allegedly occurred because you might recall this past June when a Samsung Galaxy S III, unplugged, resting in a car dock, exploded. At the time, Carphone Warehouse, where the unit was bought, and Samsung seemed like they were being mean when neither would exchange the phone for a new one. But as it turned out, they both were right in being suspicious. The phone had sustained water damage and a friend of the phone's owner tried to dry it out in the microwave.

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

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh



1. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012


7. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

This was kind totally worth reading

34. deuel_18

Posts: 54; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

i saw an amazon kindle fire being baked in an over and came out still fine...hhhhhmmmmmmmmmm any connection?

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I see people below are denying this happened. Had this been an iPad people would have been crying firegate or something.

38. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Mine is charging atm... all is good with the world.

2. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

may be he also put nexus in microwave

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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: Oct 19, 2011

Yep, my friend's iPhone 3GS caught on fire while charging... nothing new.

4. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The Han Solo caption was 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: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

23. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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: Jun 12, 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: 384; Member since: May 12, 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: Apr 23, 2012

If it was an iPad the comments would be like. "iBURNT LOLOLOL" "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.

28. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

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