You may want to go back and read the same kind of reviews of the original N7 and then
compare it to the recent poll of 2012 N7 "List of Known Faults" from the xda-developer Android forums.
Here are the known problems after a year.
It appear these problems took a while to develop because NONE of these problems were raised in ANY reviews in 2012. Had these problems show up early on, how many would have recommended the original N7 and given it its high rating back in 2012?
Headphone Socket Not Working
Battery/Power Drain (too fast)
Defective OEM Charger
Battery Will Not charge
USB Connector Broken Out Of The Box
Touchscreen Not Functioning
Not sure why Flash slow down was not noted.
here are some reviews of the 2012 Model. I have noted the claims of high quality and boastful recommendations!
Headline: "Nexus 7 review: the best $200 tablet you can buy".
"The latest challenger to enter the competition is ASUS, partnering with Google to create the first Nexus tablet, a device that not only will amaze with its MSRP, but with its quality."
"Google’s Nexus 7 isn’t just an excellent tablet for $200. It’s an excellent tablet, period. In fact, it’s the first Android tablet that I can confidently recommend to buyers — and not just because it’s got a low price tag (though that certainly helps). It’s a well-designed, powerful, and useful product, with lots of bells and whistles that makes it feel like a device that should be more expensive than it is....Believe it or not, the last time I was surprised by a product with those same qualities, it was called the iPad.
Verge rating 8.8/User rating 9.1
For N7 2013, so far the list is much smaller. Then again its only been a few weeks.
You can review the same web site but in the N7 2013 section for the problems. I have collected most of the popular discussions here:
GPS quits working - Acknowledged by Google
Multi-touch not working correctly when no path to ground - Acknowledged by Google
Chrome Crashes Often
Notification LED not working
2 steps forward, 1 step back? We shall see. However, why anyone would buy another N7 (2013) after having an N7(2013) is beyond me. Its like continuing to buy a car brand knowing full well it had more problems an other makes. These reviewers should already be aware that Asus and LG does not exactly make high quality tablets and smart phones. There should be no excuse to blindly recommend people on product made by these manufacturers simply because there is a Google branding on the box.
If you insist on Android, there are better options. Its not hard to figure out which ones are better than others in terms of quality. Just review that xda-developer forum for thread with large number of posts of problems reported for the make and model of interest.
Anyone claiming that the new 2013 N7 is a quality product and recommending it to others, would be well advised to give it more time before passing on recommendations for purchase given the poor track record of the 2012 model also built by Asus. Same goes for Nexus 4 built by LG.
This just goes to prove that what looks flawless when it is new, can to look very different after a few months. I believe the technical characteristic which describes this is called "HW integrity and reliability". Anyone who would recommend something after only a few weeks of use, fully knowing the past models from this manufacturer commonly have issues is not doing themselves or others any favors. Keeping this in mind, it is interesting to read a bunch of posts in that forum from people coming for help with issues and saying they bought a used 2012 N7 from their "buddy" who upgraded to a different model. With friends like that, who needs enemies?
Edited by snova - 8/15/13 at 2:21am