Some Nexus 7 devices may have a display responsiveness problem

The Google Nexus 7 has only been in consumer’s hands for a few days now, but already there are some problems plaguing the device. From the beginning, some users were complaining about a build quality issue where the glass lifts up on one corner of the tablet, and now Ryan from seems to have found yet another problem with the touchscreen, this time having to do with responsiveness.

As you can see in the video above, the right side (when held in portrait orientation) of the writer’s Nexus 7 tablet has very inconsistent touch responsiveness and loses connection. According to Ryan, this inconsistency can be intermittent and vary in severity, but the easiest way to get the screen to being having problems is to play an Nvidia Tegra game. He speculates that it has something to do with heat, as the problem seems to diminish when not performing graphically intense tests.

In order to make sure that my Nexus 7 wasn’t suffering from the same problem, I downloaded NVIDIA’s Tegra demo “Glowball” app. After letting it run for about 10 minutes, I returned to test the touchscreen. In the screenshot below, you can see that even in the game, the Nexus 7 detected all five fingers, and didn’t lose connection as far as I could tell. This is despite the fact that the tablet actually started to get a little warm, albeit at the bottom left corner and not on the right side. I then switched back to the homescreen, which didn’t have any problems either, and even to the multitouch visual test didn’t reveal any problems.

n7 touch points in game - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here

n7 touch points - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here

I’m hoping that this touchscreen issue is an isolated incident, but with all these Nexus 7 problems I’m beginning to wonder if I just got a freak device that happens to work. Either way, I’ll be staying alert to any build quality problems on my tablet. For now, though, I’ll ask if those of you with a Nexus 7 have experienced any problems like this one.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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6 thoughts on “Some Nexus 7 devices may have a display responsiveness problem

  • This could just be that 1 in 1000 devices are defective and that people who have problems are going to be considerably way more vocal than those that don’t. This is what 1 year exchange policies are for. On occasion you might get a defective ipad or Samsung Tab out of the box; nothing really new.

  • Yeah, happens with every new device, it just gets blown outta proportion with the most popular ones.

  • Avatar of goober999

    Looks like a pos to me, maybe wait for version 2 or something with a bigger screen.

  • Mine does the same thing. Same side(right side if the cameras on top holding in portrait). Should I ask for a replacement or am I just being picky? Its really annoying and I don’t have any problems like this on my kindle fire.

  • Avatar of Andy Bartlett

    just returned a new unit for inconsistent touch – sometimes fine other times unuseable

  • Yup, I have the exact same problem, but it has nothing to do with heat.
    I don’t even have a tegra-intensive game.
    From standby, it does this instantly when I just go into gallery or a browser.
    It does it when it is hot, cold, whatever. 16gb, bought from macmall.
    It is as annoying as can be when it is happening. A friend who is looking to buy a for tablets wrote off the Nexus 7 entirely because she couldn’t control the gallery app. Yeah, even simple swiping is difficult.


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