When the original Nexus 7 arrived at my doorstep I was overjoyed. See, one of my last remaining tethers to Appledom was my tablet -- a first-generation iPad. If you've never used an iPad, know this: it's great, sort of. However, my hands are so small and my will is so fragile and weak that using it bedside was an exercise akin to handling a grizzly with one arm tied behind your back; it just ain't happening, no matter how hard you try. The Nexus 7 was smaller, lighter, faster, and gave me the Google ecosystem in an entirely new form. And I loved it. For a while. At least 4 months. Okay, maybe 6 months.
Conveniently, it all came crashing down as 4.2 rolled out. The Nexus 7 degraded, devolved, and began mimicking the speed and agility of noted powerhouse devices like the HTC Droid Incredible and the OG Droid. While some temporary fixes are possible, the original Nexus 7 could not escape the fact that Asus/Google skimped in some areas (what up RAM, GPU, and SSD) to keep the prices down. As a result, it basically died half a year in.
(Let's not talk about the battery, which now lasts as long a rocks glass full of bourbon does when set beside your humble author.)
My question to you, beloved TAC member, is this -- do you think they learned their lesson? Do you think this new Nexus 7 will have some staying power, that Asus/Google fixed the apparent hardware deficiencies to ensure that the tablet remains useful a year out? Folks at the Verge have already speculated that the answer is "no" (based upon the ever reliable benchmarks), but really, can we truly forecast a device's staying power the day of its release?
I hope so, but I'm not a gypsy and my forecasting skills are heinous. But I hope that when the next Nexus 7 comes around I'm a bit less eager to trade up.
We'll see, I suppose.