Google Android’s Worrying Nexus Problem

Dustin Earley writes a very vocal piece for Android and Me about the flagship Google Nexus tablet:

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.

I tried the basics at first, like a factory reset. I then moved onto drastic measures, like rooting and installing CyanogenMod 10.1 (which I thought would surely fix everything, since I’ve used faster devices with lesser hardware, and performance problems were merely a lack of software optimization). And nothing seems to work. Using CyanogenMod worked at first, but things have slowed down dramatically again. I’ve tried uninstalling most of my apps. Using replacement launchers. No widgets. Nothing works. And even if any of those things did work, it would still be terrible looking for Google.

I am a victim of Google's short sightedness. Both my Nexus devices are horrible to use because of lag. Slow, unresponsive and frequent crashes. I appreciate the price points but when I buy a device it's because I expect to use it for the foreseeable future, not ditch it after a year and get the next pathetic iterative version.

My girlfriend wants to get a Nexus 4 and I couldn't argue, but now I know that Google's filling these things with cheap storage that only lasts a few months I don't think I can recommend it.