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What You Must Know Before You Buy Nexus 7 2013 Version

Updated on November 15, 2013

Critical Review of Nexus 7 2013 Version


Nexus 7 2013 model is a great tablet and it has some improvements over the 2012 model. Some of the improvements include better resolution, Andriod 4.3, 2gig ram, better performance, among others. Other great features of Nexus 7 2013 model are better design and light weight. This tablet indeed is a great tablet except for few short falls that has been notice with it. As a prospective buyer, you must know about these great features and the short falls so as to make an informed decision. Many reviewers like myself has praised this device mostly and most have been silence over the some of the short falls associated with it. In this article I will mostly concerned myself with the short falls as I believe that most reviewers have already discussed the great features. Please as a means of appreciating this research work, you can help me share this article with friends on social networks like twitter, facebook, google plus etc. Happy Reading.

Front View of Google Nexus 7 2013 Model

Shortfalls of Google Nexus 7 2013 Model

  • Lack of microSD card port

One challenge a prospective buyer can have with Google Nexus 7 2013 Model is the inability to expand its memory. The Google Nexus 2013 Model generally comes in 16gig and 32gig. This can pose a serious constraints to somebody that values large memory. I think that Google should take into consideration the option of providing expandable memory for their latter generation tablets. This will enable customers to enjoy benefits that come with having a large memory. If you value large memory very well and you still want this tablet then you may consider buying a product like Meenova mini Micro SD Card Reader. This product can read up to 32gig memory card and all you need to do is to just plug it to the microUSB port on the Nexus 7, but the obvious problem of this is that it make the microUSB port unavailable for other things. It would have been better if Nexus 7 comes with expandable memory.

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  • Short USB Cable

The USB cable that comes with Nexus 7 2013 Model is relatively short making it difficult to charge this tablet from a distant. This may make it quite challenging charging this tablet from a distant and still using it. Although this may not be a big deal, but there is nothing bad if a prospective buyer knows that he may face this problem when using it. You can easily solve this problem by charging the tablet at night when not using it.

  • Screen Responsiveness Issue With Some Bacthes

There has been serious complaints from sizable amount of buyers about the screen problem. Some tablets in some batches of Google Nexus 7 2013 Model have been associated with frozen screen issues. Imagine buying a tablet and using for less than a month, then having to store it under your locker because the screen has frozen so that it is no more responsive to touch. The tablet may just freeze sometimes when in use and you may need to restart it for it to be normal. In fact you may sometimes need to do factory reset for your tablet to be normalized. Some customers have returned this tablet for an exchange for a new one, but to my surprise this problem surface again for some people even after exchanging it for a new one. It has been claimed that this problem is a software issue, but even with update from Google, this problem persist making one to think that it may be more of hardware issue. Although the tablets having this issue may just be the few bad heads present in Google Nexus 7 2013 Model family, but of course these bad heads are many so that they are worthy of notes. If you are a prospective customer then it is good that you know about this so as to make informed decision. This does not mean that the tablet is not worthy of your money but just know that there are fews bad heads in Nexus 7 family.

Differences Between Google Nexus 7 2012 Model and Google Nexus 7 2013 Model

Google Nexus 7 2012 Model
Google Nexus 7 2013 Model
1gig Ram
2gig Ram
front camera
front and back camera
1280 x 800 pixels
1920 x 1200 pixel
4325 mAh battery
3950 mAh battery

Back View of Google Nexus 7 2013 Model

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  • Power Button Issue With Bacthes

There are has been many complaints about the fact that the power button freeze and stop responding in some Google Nexus 7 2013 Model tablets. These tablets may also be the bad heads among the Google Nexus Family, but since there are many complaints of this type then it is reasonable for prospective buyer to know about this.

Also if you are a prospective buyer and you have not use 7inch tablet before, then I will advice that you hold it and try to play around with it so that you will be sure that the screen is not too small for your need. Few people have complained about the 7inch size after buying it, and this is why you must be sure of how pleased you are with the size before you buy it. This tablet is best used with case, especially with the fact that there has been complaint that the glass screen is not very strong, so it advisable to be careful with tablet so that it does not fall and also to use it with a very strong tablet case.


Google Nexus 7 2013 Model is a great tablet except for few complaints associated with some batches in the production. So far you buy a fully functional tablet, then you are sure to enjoy benefits like better sound quality, better design (sleek design), better resolution, better performance, 4G capability among others. This tablet is one of the greatest 7inch tablet out there. If the problem of bad heads has been solved, then I may recommend this tablet.


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