Our Nexus 7 is pissing us off to no end at the moment.
Nexus 7 vs Nexus 10 vs Transformer Pad Infinity
We love the thing but there is a bug plaguing that tablet.
From what we have gathered, after you get the update to Android 4.2+ or you have a custom ROM based off of 4.2+ (We’re running ParanoidAndroid 3.1), draining the battery completely makes it damn near impossible to recharge.
If you plug it into its stock charger (5Vdc/2A), it will either do a fun pixel dance and shut down, or start to boot and shut down. It’ll tease you by showing a charging icon, but it still doesn’t charge.
The fix that everyone on the Internet and ASUS itself are advising is hit or miss, unfortunately.
First, you have to hope and pray that when you plug your 7 in to charge it doesn’t do the pixel dance and, if you are lucky enough for it to start to boot, you have to hold the Volume button and boot into the bootloader menu.
Once you get there, you have to scroll down and select “Power Off”. You have to hurry though or it may just die on you again. Once you do hit the bootloader’s “Power Off” selection and it shuts down, you have to unplug and re-plug the thing into the charger. Even with all of that it still isn’t working for some folks, us included.
For some strange reason, despite attempting this with multiple .5A, 2A, and 2.1A (Apple) chargers, that device just wasn’t charging. For 5 days we wrestled with the Nexus 7 to no avail.
Lucky for us though, it somehow started charging when plugged into my laptop USB port, only after we spent an hour at work waiting on hold with ASUS customer service and setting up a warranty repair.
It gets even better though. We don’t have the original box the damn thing came in, so there was no serial number to be found.
Tricky bastards hid it inside the damn tablet on the inside of the back batter/internal component cover you’re not really supposed to remove.
At first, ASUS wanted to charge me $199.99 for a repair to a tablet that cost me $199.99. Awesome logic, right?
But thankfully, we waded our way through the language barrier (Indians – fine people, can’t understand a damn thing they are saying though) and the bulls in time to hang up the phone and we somehow found a contact number for a North American service center.
By that time, we found the serial number and avoided the warranty runaround.
We love this tablet, but I swear, when we get a few extra dollars in my pocket, I think am going to get me a Nexus 10 or a Transformer Pad Infinity and dump the Nexus 7 on the wife.
But who knows when that will happen.