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  1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Just looking for some advice. I love my Nexus 7 but it was getting too old and unresponsive. I would have to re-start almost once or twice a week to get it to respond. I bought a Lenovo tab 4 8 and have mixed feelings about keeping it. It's heavier and has a hard drive which is a bit noisy and buzzing. I would return it and buy another Nexus 7 but they are getting pretty old at this point and cannot take any more updates. Just wondered about other people's opinions and what you do when your Nexus wears out? Thank you.
    01-04-2020 11:56 AM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. I tried looking at the device, and I think it is far too thin to have an actual hard drive. It's probably a micro SSD at the largest, most likely being a flash chip embedded in the board.

    That all being said, I don't know what buzzing sound you are hearing, but I wouldn't say that is a good sign.

    Decent tablet devices are hard to come by. I wouldn't recommend another Nexus device.... they are too old.

    What does a tablet offer you that either a larger phone or smaller laptop won't provide?
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    01-04-2020 12:52 PM
  3. mustang7757's Avatar
    I'll leave a link to register so you can communicate here , as a guest account you can't.https://forums.androidcentral.com/sh...d.php?t=409154
    01-04-2020 12:54 PM
  4. TgeekB's Avatar
    Outdated. Unsafe if no longer getting security updates. There are too many choices to buy an old device like that.
    01-04-2020 01:26 PM
  5. belodion's Avatar
    My Nexus 7/2 is as good as when new. If I wanted another tablet, I'd buy again if available in preference to many of the current offerings. That's how good, in my judgment, it is.
    01-04-2020 01:27 PM
  6. hallux's Avatar
    I wouldn't get another Nexus 7, for the reasons mentioned above. It's getting up there in age and the latest version of Android is 5.1.1, which is going to start losing developer and feature support quicker than you might hope.

    Quality tablets to replace it (other than expediency of updates) - the Samsung Tab S line is a solid choice, but those only come in larger sizes.

    I'm not aware of any modern Android-based devices running a platter drive, they're all going to be flash-based storage. Like @Golfdriver97 I don't know what would cause that noise but I'd suspect something in a power circuit, possibly for the screen.
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    01-04-2020 01:29 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The buzzing might be a faulty autofocus mechanism -- is it coming from the camera?

    I've actually found my Lenovo Tab 4 8 to be an admirable replacement for the Nexus 7. It's not the fastest device around, but as a media and light gaming device, it works just fine, with a good screen and very good stereo speakers.
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    01-05-2020 02:26 AM
  8. belodion's Avatar

    I've actually found my Lenovo Tab 4 8 to be an admirable replacement for the Nexus 7. It's not the fastest device around, but as a media and light gaming device, it works just fine, with a good screen and very good stereo speakers.
    That's interesting, since you had a 7 - which if I recall right from elsewhere was the second version - with which to compare. I'm not familiar with áll the current tablets, but I think that the 7/2's wide colour gamut, good colour accuracy, 323-ppi display, high brightness, smooth and fast performance, stereo speakers, and large bezels for good holding, would be hard to beat, especially given the modest price. There are surely current tablets that don't even equal the 7/2, let alone beat it.
    01-05-2020 04:54 PM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I do still like the proportions of the Nexus 7 a little better -- it's just right for the size of my hand. The problems with my 2013 N7 are (a) stuck on Marshmallow, (b) battery was starting to deteriorate, and (c) only 16 GB. I actually had a 32 GB one previously that died; the one that I still have used to be the one my daughter used.
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    01-05-2020 07:53 PM
  10. charleskasler's Avatar
    Thanks for all the responses. The buzz is just momentary when i input something, like sign in to an account. It doesn't seem to be a malfunction, but it's strange.
    01-06-2020 08:58 AM
  11. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The Lenovo has an absolutely terrible vibration motor, which sounds more like a buzzer, so it may be that it was giving a vibration along with some other notification.
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    01-06-2020 10:15 AM
  12. hallux's Avatar
    Maybe turn off haptic feedback on the keyboard?
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    01-06-2020 11:59 AM
  13. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Yep, or turn off vibration completely and see if it happens again.
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    01-06-2020 12:26 PM
  14. charleskasler's Avatar
    Yr right it was the vibration. Thanks.
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    01-06-2020 02:50 PM
  15. TGEVDO's Avatar
    I still have my 2013 one. I don't use it everyday but I pull it out from time to time to update the apps. think about. it has wireless charging and it's from 2013. some stuff coming out in 2020 doesn't have it!
    01-08-2020 07:20 AM
  16. thehoz's Avatar
    I turned the wifi off and use it solely to play solitaire on the toilet.
    01-08-2020 07:32 AM
  17. Chris Laarman's Avatar
    My Nexus 5 is in use with a new owner.
    01-08-2020 08:05 AM
  18. swebb's Avatar
    N7 is not a good option today for all the reasons others have noted, but current Android offerings very attractive. Samsung tablets are good but mostly too expensive. Only other decent budget offering is Amazon Fire tablets, but you have to live with their skinned version of Android or hack it. IMO there is nothing else out there and nothing else coming out. Android is just not going to catch on in tablets. I suppose an N7 would be viable today for games, youtube and email, especially with the lack of available options. But it's probably not going to be reliable, and the lack of security updates makes most other activities dangerous.

    My own N7 started acting up after a couple years and I really disliked the 16:9 screen ratio, so I moved to the N9, which had it's own issues, then the Pixel C. Really liked the C and stuck with it for 3+ years, but decided to move to a Chromebook after the C security updates ended. Probably would have stuck with the C if it was supported longer. The C is the last good Android tablet in my opinion.
    01-08-2020 08:26 AM
  19. Rickey Shortt's Avatar
    I actually just recently pulled my old 2013 Nexus 7 out and started using it again on a limited basis. Using it almost entirely to watch videos on Netflix, Hulu, etc. It's a little slow, but I uninstalled virtually all of the apps on it except for a few entertainment related ones. Once a show is up and running it does fine and I can continue using my phone for other things.
    01-08-2020 10:16 AM
  20. nhf7170's Avatar
    I use mine with Bluetooth speakers as a TV in my kitchen.
    01-08-2020 10:45 AM
  21. Alan Burnstine's Avatar
    I still use my 2013 Nexus 7 regularly. I have not found another that I like as much for my uses at a reasonable cost yet.
    I use it in the kitchen for streaming Amazon Prime video, NetFlix, or from my FiOS DVR. I also use it with Paprika recipe app, kitchen timers, and a bluetooth meat thermometer. If I go on a trip, I will take it with me primarily for reading eBooks.
    I was looking forward to finally replacing it with the Lenovo Smart Tab M8 with Google Assistant that was announced in September, but it is still "coming soon" on their web site, and they just announced the M10 version to be available in April. Not sure if the M8 will ever be released, although I would prefer the smaller size to the M10.
    01-08-2020 10:51 AM
  22. SteveJF's Avatar
    I'm still using my N7/2013. The auto-rotate function quit working around 4 years ago and the battery is still the original one. It baffles me as to why Asus/Google quit manufacturing and developing this device after 3 years. It was way ahead of anything else then and still holds it's own today. I peruse the local classified ads occasionally for a backup replacement unit.
    01-08-2020 12:16 PM
  23. dilagable's Avatar
    I use mine a few times a wee. Mainly to borrow and read comics through my local library via the Hoopla app. I wish there was something comparable on the market now. I'd buy several of a 7" form factor pure android that can run games and stuff. Instead the kids are stuck with crappy Fire tablets.
    01-08-2020 01:50 PM
  24. Jeremy8000's Avatar
    My 2012 had been in a drawer generally since I'd updated to the 2013 on its release, but that one finally gave it up about 1 1/2 years ago, so went back to the original. Still works fine, though not up to the expectations one might have of a more modern tablet. I actually had picked up a Fire 10 to replace it, but even rooted to allow Play Store it just never 'caught on' with me, I think largely because the ergonomics of the 7 are so much better.

    I did just pick up a Slate with the recent blowout (yes, I know, it's Chrome OS), so that is taking the vast majority of tasks for which I had been using the N7, but there's just something about the N7 size that makes it so darn functional despite its age.
    01-08-2020 03:18 PM
  25. Pixel 3 guy's Avatar
    Just looking for some advice. I love my Nexus 7 but it was getting too old and unresponsive. I would have to re-start almost once or twice a week to get it to respond. I bought a Lenovo tab 4 8 and have mixed feelings about keeping it. It's heavier and has a hard drive which is a bit noisy and buzzing. I would return it and buy another Nexus 7 but they are getting pretty old at this point and cannot take any more updates. Just wondered about other people's opinions and what you do when your Nexus wears out? Thank you.
    I've used a Nexus 7 2013 LTE from 2014 until the last week or so. It has served me well and though it's slowed down over the last year or two, it was still decent. I bought a Asus Chromebook Flip c101PA for the size and portability factor and enjoy that. I broke down, though, last week and bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. I like the size, it's very light to hold in the hand and runs nicely. I found mine for $325 with the keyboard in mint condition. I would say either device is a good alternative. I loved the 7 inch screen on the Nexus 7 and there isn't anything sold now that is that size. Lenovo just announced a Chromebook with a 10.1" screen with a detachable keyboard folio that will sell for $279 when it goes on sale in April. That might be a good alternative too.
    01-08-2020 04:46 PM
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