One of the common complaints late in the life of the original
Nexus 7 was slow storage I/O performance, leading to an
inconsistent user experience. After a fresh flash, the Nexus 7 was
speedy and performant, but after months of installing applications
and using the tablet, things began slowing down. This was a
friction point that many hoped would be fixed in the new Nexus 7
(2013) model, which it was. There’s even more to the story
though, it turns out Google has fixed that storage I/O aging
problem on all Nexus devices with the Android 4.3 update.
Here’s a fun game: Search the web for articles about this fix, and try to find one that includes the word “finally” in the headline. Now imagine the headlines if the iPad Mini had shipped with a crippling I/O bug that Apple didn’t fix for a year.