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Great, until lollipop arrived!
on 9 January 2015
I have had this since they first came out and loved it. Cost much less than an iPad mini, but was fast and reliable....
... the latest version of Android OS (version 5 - Lollipop) was released. Its all very well saying there's a life time of updates, but this one killed the tablet, and I mean made it near unusable. The update caused horrible lags as well as making applications regularly crash. I'm pretty patient, but this was so bad, I thought it is either time to get an iPad or try and solve the problem.
Solving the problem by doing a full factory reset didn't work. Nor having the minimum of apps on the tablet - IMDB, eBay, Amazon, Gmail and Kindle. Nor switching off location services and all the other 'easy' fixes that are out there on the web. I updated to 5.02 of Android, apparently this was reported to improve the performance, but it made no difference at all in reality.
I took the plunge and did a hacky downgrade back to version 4.4.4 - KitKat. Believe me, it is not easy to find good instructions on how to do this, and definitely nothing from Google to help! I used two or three so called 'guides' to do this, all slightly different and incomplete. However, the downgrade did work once piecing instructions together, and now I have a very usable tablet again - no lags or crashes!
Not normally one for cynicism, but at the time version 5 of Android was released, Google released their next generation Nexus machine costing about £400. Something tells me it was in their favour to have older Nexus machines become problematic around this time. I'm not saying they did this on purpose, but it is a series of coincidences all in their favour. Also, somehow there seems to be massive gap in their testing of version 5 on older tablets, which should have told them this version is not fit for purpose. To date, they can't seem to resolve the sudden drop in performance for older Nexus tablets, and still no help for existing customers... but the new expensive one is fine.
As they say in the US; Go figure!