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This weekend's poll is easy - now that the dust has settled, the reviews have been published, and the bugs reported, did you buy the refreshed Nexus 7? I'm going to do my very best to accommodate you all in terms of poll answer choices, too, I promise.

Me? I didn't. I thought about it. I was actually determined to impulse-buy one if I could convince a Staples, Office Max, Best Buy, or RadioShack to sell me a unit a few days before they were supposed to go on sale (there were also AP-related motivations there, of course). But after reading the reviews and playing with one at a local store, I just wasn't feeling it anymore. Since receiving the 4.3 update, my old Nexus 7 seems a bit less sluggish (I'm tempted to wipe it to see if it gets even quicker), though I still don't really use it much in the first place. The 7-inch form factor just feels a bit too small, and the whole Android tablet experience still really doesn't do much for me. A quicker processor, a better screen, and slimmer build don't really change those considerations.

But I fully realize I am very much in the minority among Android enthusiasts in this view. So, what about you?

Did you buy a new Nexus 7?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    I love mine. My first one had a messed up screen but Amazon replaced it with a flawless one.

  • BigMixxx

    I'm considering the lte one.....

  • SoffMouf

    I wasn't sure if I'd like it over the original, but it's crazy-thin and stupid-fast. Love it.

    • Nevi_me

      Crazy stupid love :)

  • It’sStillWaitingForMe

    You forgot the option "Yes but BestBuy didn't prepare it fast enough and my friend had to come back to Europe before he could pick it up".

  • wideopn11

    Bought 1 on day from best buy, returned it the next day. I'll probably get the next nexus 10. 7 is just too small for why I want a tablet. I also want front facing speakers.

  • Albin Hermansson

    An option should be available for: No, but only because it's twice the price outside US

    • unni123456

      If they are selling at twice the price, atleast they should give an SD card. I can understand Google could be subdising with the expectation of getting back the money through their Play services. But in countries where getting decent broadband itself is a miracle, I don't understand why they can't allow an SD card. We are anyway paying the full price!

  • Juan De La Rosa

    tablets were so 2012

  • johnny

    No because I have a old one and it works fine

  • Sean Lumly

    I would buy one in a heartbeat if it were my first tablet, but I can't justify the expenditure when my current Nexus 7 works well enough. I would love the additional speed, the high quality display, and the camera, but I think I'm going to hold on to my Nexus 7 2012 for another year before I trade it up for something newer.

    • jasman1reece

      I opted for the Pipo M7 Pro Android tablet for $255 that offers a 8.9 inch display with 1900X1200 screen resolution, a Quad core processor, along with built-in GPS.
      Pipo Electronics is a lesser known brand but offer tablets with a good build quality and premium features. The speakers offer great sound, it has Dual Band Wifi ( 2.4 and 5.0 GHz frequencies) -- they also have a 3G HSPA+ model for $30 more.
      I bought mine online through Tablet Sprint which also has a new Miracast TV adapter($39) that became available last week, which is similar to the new Google Chromecast - but with a lot more features, and much more like Apple's Airplay wireless display device.

      • ProductFRED

        Definitely not self-promotion and advertisement, what with your diverse comment history /s

    • OSagnostic

      I agree, but my current tablet is a 16GB , so I will go for the 32GB version. If I had the 32GB version then I would not be going for this.

    • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

      This needed to be an option on the poll. I'm in the same exact boat.

    • Floss

      This is the same boat I am in. The only reason I am considering upgrading is because my wife has basically taken over the old one, so it would be nice if I had a tablet I could actually use.

      • Sean Lumly

        If I had your problem, I would probably be considering one as well! That's not to say that I didn't consider the newer device, it's just that common sense won out over gadget lust -- but the battle was epic.

    • beomagi

      Agree. The original nexus 7 works fine for now. Hard to justify the upgrade. Rather save for a laptop/convertible at this point. I rather make a bigger jump later.

      Extending my storage using usb adapter and stickmount.

    • Nexus7Forum.com

      Which raises the question of what kinds of upgrades/specs the 3rd generation Nexus 7 will have this time next year.

  • Ryan4884

    Bought and returned, twice, the multitouch issue is horrendous.

  • Brandenlee

    I didn't want to buy it yet but when I saw the screen, I told the salesperson to ring it up. It blows the 2012 model and the iPads away.

    • TylerChappell

      I purchased 2 32GB Nexus 7's.
      I bought the first one on July 29th, and then a week later I went back into the store with my 20% off Office Max coupon and they price matched it and gave me $57 back.
      I then went into a Best Buy last night and bought another one using the same 20% Office Max coupon. I also used a $5 Best Buy rewards thing on the first one so I essentially bought two 32GB 2013 Nexus 7's for a total of $427 before taxes. :D A combined savings of $113.

      • ehEye

        wow, now you have one for each hand. [or is that each head?]

    • Idon’t Know

      Hah. Blows the iPads away...right.

    • Nexus7Forum.com

      Ha, this is exactly what happened to me. Love that Full HD! Colors are better too.

  • zephiK

    No reason to buy one. My Nexus 4 does everything I need.

    Finding the compromise between a phone and a tablet is pretty tough. I just don't see a tablet in my life, I've used a TF101. I used it when it was new but then once I got a newer phone. I used that way more and my tablet started showing its age in terms of processing speed & multi tasking.

    • Nicholas Loomans

      I'm with you, I have a TF700 and I used it for maybe a month before I realised what I was doing on it was just forced because I had it. Gathers dust now.

    • Stylus_XL

      I love my Nexus 4 but gaming, web surfing and watching videos on a phone is fiddly and battery pulverising. It's nice to have a tablet to do to the bulk of that stuff and leave my phone mainly for communications.

      • zephiK

        I use my phones to make phone calls but very little. I mainly use it to text, browse, twitter, reddit and sometimes play the casual games.

        I don't find it battery pulverising at all. To the very least, Nexus 4 on 4.3 has been a better battery life experience.

        Using Carbon Rom + Faux Kernel. Be sure that you don't have any wakelocks and that Google Services isn't sucking your battery life away by trying to retrieve your GPS location.

  • Andrew

    My country is not one of the announced launch regions, but I do not see how is it relevant. I'll buy one from ebay or a gray market.

  • saltyzip

    Have to admit, I am worried about this multi-touch issue that is being reported. My Nexus 7 is on pre-order in the UK, and I have to admit I am pondering whether to cancel and wait until the reported issues get resolved first.

    AP are your new Nexus 7 showing the same issues as reported in the forums?

    • Kevin Aaronson

      I have yet to experience this. Never been more impressed with a tablet. The screen truly is stunning, and its a joy to hold, not to mention it operates at lightspeed. Enjoy it when you get it

      • makapav

        I experienced the multi-touch issue enough so that it was unreliable using Maps. The GPS lock is also way too slow in the open sky so I returned my Nexus 7 2013 :-(

        • Kevin Aaronson

          Man that's really unfortunate. After researching a little it seems it is pretty widespread, I must be lucky as I have yet to have a problem with either.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I don't use GPS on mine, so I can't attest to that.

      There are obviously bugs in 4.3 which aren't related to the hardware, so all devices would show those.

      The multitouch issue is reproducable but hasn't affected my use of the tablet one bit.

      So far, it's a nice little thing.

      • Andrew

        The multi-touch issue is a bit weird and very intermittent. I find typing on it to be mostly where it happens. Sometimes (very rarely) its an issue with pinch-to-zoom. I'm hoping its just software since its so widespread. I was spoiled since my first tablet was an Asus Transformer with dock so typing was never an issue. I hope the bluetooth keyboard support comes back cause I want a case with built-in BT keyboard. I find typing on something that size is bit awkward...

        My biggest complaint though is the power button placement. If the screen times out, I have to pick up the device to hit the power button. I can't just feel for it. Annoying since I just lie it down on the counter most of the time.

  • jake

    i am wondering buying nexus 7 (2013) instead of my 1 year old ipad 3 16gb. Opinions

    • Daniel DS

      Buy it. iPad is crap

  • lordmerovingian

    I bought one and returned it. Couldn't justify the price once i saw used 1st gen 32GB models flooding CList for as low as 120, plus the Hisense 7 Pro price drop to 129...

  • elvisgp

    Already have a nexus 10!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    I got one while Staples was briefly selling it with the $30 discount, but it had several problems. Random reboots, the power button wasn't seated quite right, the volume buttons often registered double-taps (noticed this when I was seconds away from unlocking it), the screen was having touch issues (I'll be writing up a post about that issue fairly soon), and I could even see some dead pixels. Aside from the GPS bug, which I never tested mine for, it had every known issue the new N7 has been reported to have. Needless to say, I've returned it.

    I'd still like to get one, but until all of the major issues are cleared up, and I can get it with a reasonably significant discount, I'm just not in a rush. I'm also tempted to wait until 4.4/5.0 to see if Qualcomm pulls driver support. Part of the reason I am sticking to Nexus devices over a possibly better spec'ed alternatives is for the certainty of flashing back and forth between versions using the factory images. If that isn't going to be reliable, then the 2013 N7 won't be as compelling to me.

  • Michael Fontenot

    One of the options should be no but I really want one when I have expendable income.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Will probably buy one when it comes out in The Netherlands

  • GanjaQueen

    Meh, I guess I'm still partly undecided, partly not really rushing. I would've probably jumped on it at launch 1) if I had the extra $$$ and 2) if I hadn't heard the complaints about the screen issue, in addition to it still not having a micro SD slot.

    Granted it's still in consideration, but w/ already having perfectly fine Galaxy Tab 2 7, I'm just really not in a rush to get it.

  • Booyabobby

    Bought one. Love it!

  • Rob Johnson

    I'm hoping for the 1st gen to get a price drop so I can get that one instead

  • JonJJon

    In the same camp as you David Ruddock, for all the same reasons and usage amount being low.

  • Ryan Stewart

    Im liking the Nexus 4 and 10 combo, I dont really need anything to fill out the space between.

    • Justin W

      I agree with you on the two devices, but I opted to sell my N10 in favor of the new N7 because of it's portability and spec bump. I had a 2012 N7 and gave that away for a holiday gift since I had picked up a N10, but didn't realize how much more I used my N7 than I would use a N10.

      • Idon’t Know

        Here's hoping the next Nexus 10 is not a Samsung made pice of junk. Maybe Google learned their lesson.

      • Nexus7Forum.com

        Question is, will you do the same thing when the new Nexus 10 comes out in a few weeks? Never ending cycle...

        • Justin W

          No, I won't. I probably will do so when they update the N7 again next year, but I won't be getting the new N10.

  • Siam

    I bought one and will buy another one for my father.

  • Samvith V Rao

    I live in India and this tablet isn't available here yet. However, my roommate just visited USA and brought me back the new Nexus 7. :)

  • Terry

    No, I took the reduced price plus the $30 discount from staples on the 2012. Thank you Nexus 2013!

  • Kyousuke Hamada

    Waiting for next year's Nexus 7 before I buy another.

    Or maybe, the Nexus 10, if it's done by Asus.

  • Dave Amburn

    The screen alone sold me.

  • krudl3rx

    I tried to get one with the Office Max deal, but my local store was conveniently out of stock all week.

  • schneeland

    I will most likely buy one - I was about to get the 2012 version when the rumors about the 2013 version became more concrete, so I decided to wait. However, I may actually wait a month or two until the first round of bug fixes arrives.

  • Dominic74

    I recently played with my fiancee's iPad 4 and the experience was fantastic.
    I love Android, don't get me wrong. I currently own Galaxy S3 but the iPad IMHO offers the best tablet experience.
    I'll be buying my first tablet this year, and it's gonna be Retina iPad mini if Apple makes one or the iPad 5.
    A 7 inch tablet is a tad too small for my tablet needs.

  • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

    [X} No, because I can't afford it right now.

  • z0phi3l

    Bought one the first weekend it was available, it replaced my OG Kindle Fire, this tablet is great, and gets used a few times a day

  • MvP77

    I bought one and sold my original to a coworker. I love it, haven't used my iPad mini since I bought it, will be selling it as soon as the LTE model is released.

  • Andrew Chandler

    My workplace is buying me one. hooray

  • clickboombang

    I was fisrt very enthusiastic and after 9 months very disappointed by the N7 2012 (very laggy due to poor quality SSD). So no I won't buy the new one. Maybe it's better but at the moment there seem even more problems than with the 2012 model at this time. My old one fell down and broke this week so I think I'm going for a Samsung this time. I hope enjoying good quality and an extra 64 Gb sd-card for this one....Albeit it's a shame I won't be the first who gets the Android updates anymore,,,

  • Captain Spaulding

    I love my OG Nexus 7. I think I'll wait for the third gen. to buy another.

  • LanceMiller

    For once, due to the excellent performance I'm getting from my original Nexus 7, if I upgrade it's because I want to & not because of hardware / software or update issues.

  • thisphuckinguy

    Hoping to get one for Xmas.

  • Ralph1001

    I bought a Hisense Sero 7 Pro and have no regrets. It's priced at $129 at Walmart right now.

  • Ray

    I'm in Australia and had to purchase one from eBay at a small premium. Love it though - such an awesome device. Had it for about a week now and no regrets at all.

  • Edric

    no, I'm waiting for New Nexus 10..

  • Nicktrance

    I don't really see much sense in tablets other than watch videos/reading before sleeping so I think my original N7 will do.

  • Nitinart Nunthong

    No, I am not going to buy it because I still have an original nexus 7.

  • Mike

    20% off thanks to O Max, made for a go get buy. $215 out the door for 32gb version...win win

  • ehEye

    as usual the answers do not include all possibilities or opinions [as 'none of the above' would solve]. i have a |Nexus 7 [ew! the OLD one!!!] which is working just fine, and i do not subscribe to the "moreStuff" insanity. if i need a new one to do something i cannot do with the old one, and spending that amount becomes a priority over - you know 'saving the planet' and 'eliminating child poverty'; then i might.

  • Jorge Corn Pop

    Yes I did! Im weak :(

  • Tyler

    No, I'm perfectly content with my original Nexus 7. :)

  • Jared N

    Pre-ordered it when it went up at best buy. No regrets here. This is my second tablet and a big upgrade from my CM'd HP Touchpad. I didn't realize how heavy that sucker was until got this one. Really digging the 7" form factor.

  • TSON1

    bought it and haven't touched my phone since. thing's amazing.

  • Nick Klenchik

    I don't have use for more than 1 tablet, so I'm rocking my Asus tf201 until the new Nexus 10 comes out

  • James Barkman

    I did. Love this little tablet. The main reason I wanted one is because I needed more storage, and the 20% off Office Max coupon helped me make up my mind. This is hands-down my favorite Android device I've ever used. I'd almost be willing to use it for a phone if I could lol.

  • briankariu

    Sold my 2012 nexus 7 and bought 4 2013 nexus 7's. All the way in Kenya!! :D

    • yotikmol

      Where did you get your 2013 nexus 7?, I'm here in Kenya.

      • briankariu

        I got a relative whose flying in early next month. If you have the money, i can sort you out.

        • unni123456

          Any chance the relative will make a stop in India? ;)

          • briankariu

            Sorry bro. US-Amsterdam-Kenya. If he was making a stop in India, I am sure we would have worked something out.

          • unni123456

            Thank you :)

        • yotikmol

          That's sounds nice, I'm very interested, my current location is m
          Mombasa.

          • briankariu

            Call/whatsapp me on 0724407873

          • yotikmol

            I don't use whatsapp, connect me with this number 0735221430

  • renz

    nope. my old N7 still do just fine. rarely do any gaming or play videos on it. most of the time i just use it for web surfing. i might do the same if i got a new one so i decided to keep mine until they actually break :)

  • rawdeadfish

    Holding out for one of the 6" smartphones this fall, should be the best of both worlds without having to carry 2 devices...

  • So Many Tablets

    You missed the Option:

    - I would, but somebody already gave me an Ipad Mini as a gift ;)

    • Sir_Brizz

      Sell it, buy a new Nexus 7 32gb, come out $60 ahead and 16gb richer.

  • Ciencianf

    This:
    Yes (or, I will soon / I will when it's out in my country).

    and this:
    No, but only because my country is not one of the announced launch regions.

    are splitting the answers for people who can't buy it yet. Hence, the point of determening who has bought the Nexus 7 is unobtainable. I hate to see polls get these type of errors.

  • Mikestroh

    Yes.....Love it....wish it was an 8" though

  • Nick V

    I bought 3 of the 32GB Models. One for me, my wife, and my son

  • samizad

    I bought the 16GB version. It has already replaced by Kindle as my primary e-book reader and it has replaced the laptop as the primary controls for Chromecast.

  • Alain Lafond

    I currently own a Nexus 7 (2012) and I had the intention of buying one. But as Canada is always a third world country for most american, I had to wait and install 4.3 on the one I own.
    Magic! My slow and sluggish Nexus transform as a new.
    Thanks to Google inability to sell their device worldwide. Google remain an american compagny. I saved money...
    Thanks Google.
    And by the way, the GPS on my antique Nexus 7 is working very well!

  • speaker

    It seems great. But the screen is too small in relation to the dead-space top and bottom. I get that it makes it easier to hold but I still think it's overkill, and they didnt even use the space to give it front-facing speakers.

  • TechGuy22

    im looking for a good coupon. last year i got my 16gb for 215. officemax offered some discount but they were all sold out. and i cant sell my nexus 7 :(

  • Eddie J Camacho

    If I didn't have to spend money on college I would so buy one

  • neutro

    Yes, but I already returned it due to the thouchscreen issues.

  • firesoul453

    No because the old nexus 7 is doing just fine. (thought might eventually upgrade)

  • Aaron Huffman

    One of the options should be because it isn't using the Tegra 4. Its my primary reason other than no secure element in the nfc chip.

  • Pete Van Wattingen

    I already own the original Nexus 7 and it still does what I need it to do or just plain not using it. Waiting for some new 10" options for a new unit such as the new Nexus 10 or Transformer.

  • Idon’t Know

    I bought three as gifts but that screen is too small for me. I much prefer a 10 inch screen or the 7.9 inch iPad Mini screen which has 35% more viewable area but no retina display until next month.

  • TSON1

    Better question - why would you NOT buy it?!

  • vin

    i can't decide whether to get the 16gb or the 32gb =( can someone please give me some advice?

    basically i'll like to use the nexus 7 (2013) for some movies,web surfing and gaming using nintendo ds emulator

  • tinkicker

    Until Google adds an SD slot I can't say I'll go there. I use the cloud for some things, but I refuse to be tied to it. And I think I remember reading it doesn't have a removable battery...another deal killer for me.
    I understand that many, many, many people don't give a single care over such things...but I do.

    Otherwise, I love the idea of PURE Android.
    Needless to say, the Nexus phones fall in line with these thoughts too.
    Cheers!

    • unsivilaudio

      Yep, I had the N7 gen 1, and after that I will not be buying another Nexus device until Google reverses their stance on removable storage, or until 64gb flash chips become the baseline for their devices.

  • Vector

    Not getting one.

    SD cards are downright mandatory for those with high quality media files (like me), and also settling on a silly combo port on a tablet instead of separate micro-hdmi and usb-OTG ports is a big no-no.

  • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

    I still Have no Idea, first at all I want to wait for IFA and see the new tablets and second im concerned about these "Issues" that come up with the Nexus 7 FHD. Also what I can’t stop Thinking about is that Google services alot of Google services are not available in my country which is Saudi Arabia for example, Google Movies, Music, Books,magazines and Google wallet. You would ask what else !? Now the last reason is a big disadvantage since a tablet is an entertainment device !!! and I have no idea whats keeping Google !!! I mean apple provides all their Entertainment In KSA ........ As a Fan of Android and its Amazing capabilities and customization, I will never leave android and as a proud owner of the nexus 4 ...... I just keep wondering when will Google share some love ????

  • kucky
  • http://stardoggames.com/ BM

    My old Nexus 7 works fine. We need more poll options such as "No, I'm sticking with my current tablet".

    • someone755

      Hooray! I'm not alone!

  • idahow

    Unfortunately my son just dropped and broke the screen on our original 7, which we loved and was working great...so....

    • idahow

      also, I'm annoyed it still has front facing speakers. maybe i'll look at a different option.

      • idahow

        obviously i meant rear. :/

  • HerX

    How about an answer: No, Google doesn't sell devices in my country and I don't want to pay 100€ more to a reseller? :)

    • someone755

      Good thinking. In the US, the N7 is 289$, but it's 320€ for me. Do the math with Google, I pay a LOT more than an American would...

      • HerX

        Yeah, to be honest I don't mind it so much that they take 300$ and turn it into 300€, you know, US price is without taxes, but at least make it available in the whole EU, there are no additional taxes if I buy it from Germany or UK, so why not make it available for all the countries? Also, if I remember well there's a law that applies to situations like these which states that it should be available throughout the whole EU, you can't limit it to some countries. Not sure if it really applies to this case or not, as I'm not a lawyer :)

        • someone755

          Tbh, I do care. Paying over a third more is a big no-no.

  • Tim S

    Where is the "I won a Nexus 7 with the KitKat promo" option? :D

  • JPB

    Needs a "no, but work bought me one." option. :-)

  • Joe F

    Disappointed in that the N7 2013 appears to have similiar bluetooth/wifi conflicts like the original. When I tried the original with pandora (over wifi) and an ext bluetooth speaker there was a lot of stuttering.

    Now with the N7 2013 I am having problems with a bluetooth mouse and flash player (over wifi) Mouse only works well when there's no wifi traffic occuring.

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