Last week, almost four years to the day I bought it, my trusty old Nexus 7 (2013) tablet had to be put-down. I loved that device, used it daily, and though newer, and more “state-of-the-art,” the Samsung Galaxy Tab I bought to replace her just isn’t the same.
Mine was the Nexus 7 2013 model (the second and final iteration), and it served as my source of morning news each day, my e-book reader, and I can’t even begin to imagine how many hours I spent listening to music on the thing. It became the ultimate Chromecast controller, too.
It was truly a reliable workhorse.
About a year ago, I hit my first snag with it — the micro USB jack took a powder, and the device would no longer charge. Fortunately, someone on Reddit pointed-out to me that the Nexus 7 (2013) was one of the first tablets to support wireless charging. I picked-up a cheap Qi charger on Amazon, and was back in business until last week, when it would no longer stay connected to WiFi.
This got me to thinking about the tablet market in general, and about how so much has been made of the lack-of-demand. I wonder if that’s because (at least in part) people like me, who use them to consume news, and read books, and listen to music, don’t need the latest whiz-bang hardware. Unlike my phone, which I upgrade every couple of years, there was never any need for me to upgrade my tablet.
“It just worked” every single day.
That is, until it died.
As a general rule, tablets have much larger batteries (longer life) than phones, and most can easily handle a full day of reading the latest novels, checking the news & weather, following-up with emails, listening to music, and just “consuming” content in general. All (obviously) with a larger, more easy-to-read screen.
In my personal experience, tablets remain perfectly usable much longer than phones, requiring much less frequent replacement.
Goodbye, old friend — You were a wonderful tablet!