Leading up to the Android 4.3 and Nexus 7 announcement last week. I had been complaining quite a bit that my year old Nexus 7 had started to show it’s age. Which I wasn’t the only one. It had to do with TRIM, which is now built into Android 4.3. I won’t get into all the specifics, because we’ve talked about it before. I normally use my Nexus 7 for watching Netflix or playing games. But even just watching a movie on Netflix it would lag every few minutes. Which became pretty annoying. I had even thought about grabbing a Nexus 10 off of Swappa to tide me over til the new Nexus 10 debuts this fall.
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Now let’s fast forward to last week’s Breakfast with Sundar event that Google held in San Francisco. Google announced the new Nexus 7 along with Android 4.3 and the Chromecast. After the event, the Android 4.3 factory images went live on the developer site as expected. So rather than wait for the OTA, I just flashed Android 4.3 onto both my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. Afterwards, my Nexus 7 began to run like it was brand new again. Which definitely put a smile on my face. So why did I buy the new Nexus 7 if I was waiting on the Nexus 10? Well to put it simply, I needed a new toy to play with. Initially I wasn’t going to buy one. I was going to wait a couple more months for the new Nexus 10 and replace my Nexus 7 with that tablet. But I began seeing reviews and I saw the tablet in Best Buy and knew I just had to have that screen. Since my daily drivers are all still 720p devices.
The Nexus 7 2013 is definitely a huge upgrade over the original. I’d also have to say the $30 price increase is worth it as well for everything that you get with it. Of course we’ll have a full review (not from me this time) coming soon along with a comparison between the Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013. There will be plenty more coverage of the new Nexus 7. But I have to say that the Android 4.3 definitely breathed new life into the original Nexus 7 and I’m sure I speak for all the Nexus 7 2012 owners when I say “Thank you Google!”
How many of you own the original Nexus 7? Has the Android 4.3 update made your tablet run smoother, almost like it was brand new again?