» You get what you pay for

Dustin Early, via John Gruber:

I cannot pick up my Nexus 7 without experiencing problems like a lag of ten seconds, or more, just to rotate the display; touches refusing to acknowledged; stuttering notification panel actions; and unresponsive apps.

I have pretty much all the same problems with my Nexus 7 plus the ones I specified in this post (although the battery has gotten better after some reconditioning).

My sarcastic title, however, doesn’t really tell the whole story. I won’t say that our 16 GB iPad from 2010 doesn’t have any problems, it sometimes hesitates, has diminished battery life and it doesn’t run the current version of iOS. Still, it definitely works better than my Nexus 7. So, let’s do the math.

The iPad 1 was $499 in 2010. The Nexus 7 was $199 in 2012. Both are on a downward utility trajectory, but the Nexus 7 is dropping significantly faster than the iPad. Indeed, if you check Gazelle, you’ll find  you can get $100 for an iPad 1 in flawless condition but just $40 for a flawless Nexus 7. Both have lost 80 percent of their value, but it’s taken the iPad three years and the Nexus 7 just one.

Funny, this seems strikingly similar to arguments we’ve made about the Mac for years.