This is a follow-up post to one of my earlier blogs, How Google Killed my Nexus 7 (and then brought it back to life). In it, I discuss how I got my Nexus 7 tablet up and running smoothly again after a serious post-Lollipop update slowdown.
Two Months Later
It’s been two months since I refreshed the tablet, and I’ve seen a steady decline in performance. The tablet struggles to do the most basic features like loading a webpage – it crawls, it fights, and has truly made itself unusable. It’s an embarrassing moment when you’re trying to demo something at a conference, but can’t due to technical failure. If I DID get it running, more often than not it freezes and crashes.
Spurred by a comment on the old post, I decided to do a time test comparison. I went official you guys – I used a chronograph and everything. Having only two Android devices to spare, here is what we had to work with.
|Component||Nexus 7 (2012)||Galaxy S4 SCH-1545|
|Operating System||5.1||4.4.2 + TouchWiz UI|
|Screen Resolution||800 x 1280||1080 x 1920|
|Chipset||Nvidia Tegra 3||Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600|
|CPU||Quad Core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9||Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300|
|GPU||ULP GeForce||Adreno 320|
Sources: http://www.gsmarena.com/asus_google_nexus_7-4850.php http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9500_galaxy_s4-5125.php
I know those aren’t the same – I can see the differeces between 1GB of ram vs. 2, and it’s a year older. All of that, I understand. The issue is, before updating to 5.1, my tablet was as fast as my phone – no lag, no delay, no issues whatsoever. Since it’s doing the same basic operations (accessing a web browser, which shouldn’t require anything near that level of power), I don’t think it makes much of a difference.
Here it is – the dramatic comparison, and it’s shameful. All times are measured in minutes:seconds.
|Function||Nexus 7||Galaxy S4|
|Boot to reach main screen with icons||3:22||0:37|
|Time to open Chrome tab||0:30||0:01|
|Time to load the keyboard after tapping on search bar||0:23||0:01|
|Time to load this site from a link||0:20||0:04|
|Total Load Time||4:43||0:43|
A four minute difference. Four minutes for a simple load action – this is, of course, assuming that it’s been just freshly loaded and no background apps are running. The numbers would be much uglier if I had left my tablet on for a while, or tried to use it at all.
I hate to admit it, but my beloved little Nexus 7 has been put down by a Google Update. As they haven’t released a new Nexus 7 since 2014 (with no plans to as far as I’m aware), I would have to move to Nexus 9 – and if we’re making a bigger tablet, I’d rather go with something that has a more robust feature lineup… Galaxy Note 10.1, you’re looking gooood.
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