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Google Nexus 7 users report display issue

Nexus 7, a 7 inch tablet device developed by Google in collaboration with ASUS has been making news for quite some time now. The main reason behind its popularity and as a result unavailability is because it is a Nexus device, and carries a price tag of $199 and $249 for 8 gig and 16 gig version respectively. As with any product launch, the initial lot is bound to have some problems bundled with it, and Nexus 7 is no different to this issue.

Nexus 7 is back in news, but for wrong reasons this time. Some users have reported that they are not completely satisfied with the whole budget tablet experience as they are experiencing some issues with the touchscreen on their new tablets, especially after playing games.

According to, the problem has been noticed on a few Nexus 7 units and not on all. The issue is mostly seen after the user plays a game or other processor demanding task, where in which a part of device’s touchscreen stops working as it becomes unresponsive and won’t register the user’s finger.

Above is a video from where the person shows how the screen stopped responding to the touch inputs after playing Puddle for a few minutes. The section which shows unresponsiveness is the top when held in landscape mode and on the right when held in portrait mode. It is not yet known whether this is a software issue or a hardware issue, but since the same part of the screen shows this character, it is most probably a hardware issue. It is worth noting that the issue is resolved once the screen is turned off and back on, which is great as it doesn’t require a complete re boot to fix it.

While the above issue may be fixed by Google via software update, few buyers have also reported hardware issue too. A website, PocketNow, has posted images of a Nexus 7 with a backlight bleeding issue. AndroidAuthority also reported that some units have screens that aren’t properly screwed in, ultimately causing tablet’s plastic bezel to make noise when touched. Apparently, it costs Google $160 to manufacture these devices, which explains why such problems are being reported, however, these are isolated incidents and not all devices are having these problems.

Nexus 7 has definitely set an example for what a budget tablet should look and function like, and that benchmark is absolutely amazing. Nexus 7 comes with 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with additional low-speed companion core and Nvidea Tegra 3 SoC. Few people do have issues, but it is worth noting that customers can always return their Nexus 7 device and get a replacement in case they are not satisfied with it, but again, there is so much demand for these devices that it may be hard or impossible to get a replacement.

As far as display is concerned, this is what PCWorld’s Melissa Perenson had to say:
“The front face is composed of smooth, scratch-resistant Corning glass (but not Corning’s Gorilla Glass). The glass is optically bonded to the 7-inch, 1280-by-800-pixel display, which makes a tremendous difference in the device’s image quality. With no air gap in play, text looks crisper, contrast is better, and glare is mitigated (although not eliminated). At 216 pixels per inch, the Nexus 7 is clearly far ahead of other 7-inch tablets’ pixel density of 170 ppi, and the difference is palpable.” She wrote

Though few people have been reporting such problems, many people who had pre ordered the device are finally receiving it in their mailboxes, and they seem to be in love with it.

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