Google Nexus 7 display problems reported

These issues aren't terribly surprising considering the Nexus 7 is a budget device

Google's Nexus 7 has been flying off the shelves, but not everyone is completely satisfied with the user experience. The culprit -- problems have cropped up with the tablet's display, according to some reports.

These issues aren't terribly surprising considering the Nexus 7 is a budget device that sells for only $199 and $249 for the 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. And as PCWorld has pointed out, it only costs Google about $160 to make.

Here's a rundown of what users have been saying.

Venture Beat's Devindra Hardawar says that at times the device's touchscreen doesn't register inputs while performing data-intensive operations such as updating several apps simultaneously or syncing the tablet with several apps from a phone.

And Ryan Whitwam at Geek.com reports that touch response consistently fails on parts of the screen when playing graphics-intensive games on the Nexus 7. To fix the issue, he recommends turning the screen off and then back on.

While these issues may be solved with a future software update, some people are reporting hardware issues with the Nexus 7 display, as well.

PocketNow posted images of a Nexus 7 with a backlight bleeding issue. And AndroidAuthority reports that the displays on some units aren't properly screwed in, causing them to come out of the tablet's plastic bezel and creak when touched.

If you're having problems you can always return the Nexus 7 and get a different one. That said, you might have to wait a bit to get a replacement considering the units are proving difficult -- if not impossible -- to find.

Despite reports that Google's new tablet has some issues, many people who ordered the Nexus 7 finally got their units in the mail this week and from what people are posting online it looks like the vast majority of users absolutely love it.

Indeed, after reviewing the Google Nexus 7, PCWorld's Melissa Perenson said of today's 7-inch Android tablets, the Nexus 7 is the one to beat, and the tablet resets expectations of what an inexpensive tablet can and should be.

And about the display in particular, Perenson wrote "The front face is composed of smooth, scratch-resistant Corning glass (but not Corning's Gorilla Glass). The glass is optically bonded to the 7-inch, 1280-by-800-pixel display, which makes a tremendous difference in the device's image quality. With no air gap in play, text looks crisper, contrast is better, and glare is mitigated (although not eliminated). At 216 pixels per inch, the Nexus 7 is clearly far ahead of other 7-inch tablets' pixel density of 170 ppi, and the difference is palpable."

Sound off if you've noticed any issues with it.

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