Nexus 7 Has the Lifespan of a Fruit Fly

Well, not really — but close:

The first time I used a Nexus 7, I was blown away. It was the perfect form factor for Android, and probably the best Android device I had ever used at the time. All for just $200. You simply couldn’t ask for more in a device. One year later, I’m changing my tune. My Nexus 7 is just a shell of its former self, and an embarrassment to Google.

I can’t find one person who has been using the Nexus 7 for an extended period of time, and hasn’t seen a massive downgrade in performance. Just what kind of downgrade are we talking here? I cannot pick up my Nexus 7 without experiencing problems like a lag of ten seconds, or more, just to rotate the display; touches refusing to acknowledged; stuttering notification panel actions; and unresponsive apps.

Hat tip to Gruber, who notes that his three-year-old first-gen iPad “works just as well as the day I bought it. Actually, even better, because iOS has gotten better.” I’d note that my wife is still plenty happy with her iPad 1, and has no plans to upgrade it. I replaced mine with a third-generation retina model over a year ago, but my first-gen is still going strong — in the not-so-tender hands of my two-year old son.

I don’t know what the problem is with the Nexus, but it was supposed to be the flagship Android tablet. Looks like the flagship has a leaky hull.