Tuesday, October 21


And Then There Were Two

A few months ago my Nexus 7 died.  I have a couple of other tablets, but the Nexus 7 is the one I use every day for reading and checking email.  My iPad mostly just sits there.

It was a bad time for it to happen, because the Nexus 7 was out of stock at Google and all the local shops.  I managed to find one online, though it was a Wifi-only model, not 4G like the dead one, but that would do.

Fast forward to now, and Google have officially dropped the Nexus 7, ignoring the fact that it is the best 7" tablet in existence.  What you've got now is all you're ever going to get.  So I took another run at restoring my old Nexus 7.

It doesn't seem to charge from the USB port any more.  I got a Qi wireless charger at the time it died, and succeeded in charging it, but then it wouldn't boot.

I left it on the charger again overnight, and this morning it booted as far as "Bad command" screen with the little deceased Android mascot. 

And while I was trying to get it to reset (hold down the power button and volume-up controls until it responds) it apparently succeeded with some self-repair operation and booted all the way into Android, with all my apps and data intact.

So, yay for that!  I expected at the very least to have to do a factory reset, but it came up fine and I was able to update it to Android 4.4.4.

Probably if I'd persisted with it some more last time I wouldn't have had to buy the new one, but then I wouldn't be able to buy a spare now.

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