Though the new Nexus 7 is out in all its 1080p glory, we still haven’t forgotten about the older Nexus 7. It’s still a very useable tablet, and we’d argue that stepping up to a new Nexus 7 would be unnecessary for some. For the most part, the Nexus 7 2012 works decently well. But what about those who want to use it to its full potential?
Our own Dustin Earley wrote an article called “One year later, the Nexus 7 has gone from the best to worst tablet I’ve ever owned.” The N7 2012 was pretty damn fast when it came out, speeding through benchmarks and handling 3D games like a champ. So what happened? Well, ASUS has been known to use very poor memory controllers in their devices, including its high-end tablets. Over time, these devices slowed down due to the bottleneck affect caused by the shoddy memory, bogging down the device and not allowing the other hardware to work to its full potential.
A lot of these issues stemmed from the Android 4.2 update, which significantly slowed down most Nexus 7 tablets. However, we may be getting a fix in the Android 4.3 OTA! According to Anandtech, Android 4.3 includes support for fstrim, which will help keep the device working fast. Once the device is idle, has its screen off and its battery at around 70%, it meets the requirements to start using fstrim.
The support for TRIM was available in Android 4.2, but it was not enabled. Android 4.3 comes with it enabled, so this could be a huge help to the original Nexus 7 once it gets the OTA. Have you gotten the 4.3 OTA on your original Nexus 7? Has it made a difference? Leave a comment!