16GB Nexus 7 units may be suffering performance issues when storage is low

It’s unfortunate that I have to talk about problems with the Nexus 7 so often, simply because I like the tablet so much. However, they seem to just keep cropping up, and it is important to keep consumers informed. Of course, focusing only on the problems may make it seem like that’s all there is with the Nexus 7, but as soon as I get my tablet back from Google, I’ll move right back into some more positive stuff.

Anyway, in addition to the screen lift and display sensitivity issues, it appears that some 16GB Nexus 7 tablets may have an odd performance bug. According to a variety of users, the 16GB Nexus 7 experiences a major performance drop when available space is less than 3GB. The only way for the problem to be solved  is to leave more than 3GB free on the tablet, which obviously isn’t ideal when you paid for a full 16GB. Unfortunately, it is also likely hardware related, which explains why only the 16GB tablet suffers from the flaw.

It is really quite unfortunate that the Nexus 7 has so many different problems. but it still remains a great tablet. Based on my support experience, I would expect that users having this problem would be able to get a replacement fairly easily, and return to enjoying their Google tablet with little fuss. Indeed, the Nexus 7 is still a great tablet, especially if you are able to pick one up for free.

[Android Police]
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15 thoughts on “16GB Nexus 7 units may be suffering performance issues when storage is low

  • September 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm
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    Too bad about all the defects. Hopefully they can be addressed in future production runs.

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  • September 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm
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    Interesting issue, maybe the flash storage units in the tablet isn’t being properly formatted. Still, hope they can fix this before I pick one up.

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  • September 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm
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    are you just trying to prepare me for when I win the tablet in the give-away? -Consider me informed. you can ship it now. :D

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  • September 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm
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    That’s unfortunate

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  • September 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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    Zero problems with my Nexus 7 so far — and I use it a lot every day.

    Well, on little problem: It’s so fast that I sometimes think my computers are slow. . . . lol

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  • September 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm
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    That’s fine, I’ll have the 8 gig version.

    I use dropbox and google drive for storage and syncing anyway.

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  • September 18, 2012 at 12:17 am
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    Thanks for keeping me (& of course the other readers) apprised of Nexus 7 performance issues — and hopefully fixes, too.

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  • September 18, 2012 at 1:51 am
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    Thanks for the great intel. Saw one in the wild last week! Kid and mom tinkering with it a a sporting event. Still on the fence about getting one.

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  • September 18, 2012 at 3:41 am
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    Odd. I wonder if it could be a cache controller issue.

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  • September 18, 2012 at 5:30 am
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    Hopefully it only affects a small percentage of the nexuses out there. I would hate if it was a prominent reoccurring problem. But then again maybe they would fix it sooner if it was….

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  • September 18, 2012 at 7:48 am
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    let’s hope google manages to fix things up quickly, because a problem now would really put them in a tight spot, especially with the kindle fire already on a roll. A lot of people have put the issue starting at 2 gb free space scenarios. and what is worse is that, the problem is only partially solved when more free space is made available(still runs slower than normal).

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  • September 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm
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    I’ve been looking at getting one for a while now, and reading all the horror stories has made me hesitant. Unfortunately, like many, it’ll be Christmas or tax refund (God willing) time before making the purchase. Hopefully they can get the bugs ironed out before I get my hands on one!

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  • September 19, 2012 at 5:52 am
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    I don’t care about the problems… I’ll still take a Free Nexus 7 :-)

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  • September 20, 2012 at 4:22 am
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    Still it is a better value than the fire. Hd for sure.

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  • September 20, 2012 at 6:00 am
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    Seems like something that could be fixed through a software update. There should be no reason why the hardware should act up when it still has plenty of memory left.

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