Nexus 7 (2012) review

How well does a 2012 midrange tablet hold up in 2019? Let’s find out.

Recently, I purchased a Nexus 7 (2012) from a local store. I’ve wanted this tablet for years now but it was always too expensive. But last week my lucky day came as a local shop was selling one for £35.

Android Lollipop issues

Turning it on, it ran the slow and laggy Android 5.1 Lollipop. Opening and switching between apps was a nightmare. And don’t even get me started on updating all the apps on ancient versions. I couldn’t put up with this, so I downloaded the KitKat 4.4.4 factory image from Google’s website and flashed it.

On KitKat, I can certainly say that it is faster than Lollipop, significantly faster. Updating apps took about 5 times quicker than on Lollipop, mainly because KitKat is more optimised for the Nexus 7 (2012) than Lollipop is, but also because not all the updated versions of preloaded apps can run on KitKat.

App support

App support on KitKat is still fairly good. Yes, some apps are starting to require Android 5.0 and 6.0, but those that I wanted to install that did had an older version that could be sideloaded. I managed to install an older version of Gboard to replace the old stock KitKat keyboard on there, as well as old versions of the Microsoft Office mobile apps. They all still work without issue.

Minecraft, WordPress, and Geometry Dash World all installed fine on their latest versions. They all work without issue, except Minecraft which lags unless you turn off all the fancy graphics.

Specs and performance

There is an explanation for this, of course. The Nexus 7 (2012) has a Nvdia Tegra 3 CPU consisting of four ARM Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.2GHz, along with 1GB RAM. Back then that was considered midrange and could probably run Minecraft and other games at high graphics. But now? Nah.

Custom ROMs

What about custom ROM support? It appears the community have developed ROMs for the Nexus 7 (2012) up to Android 7.1 Nougat. I haven’t tried any, and honestly, I wouldn’t expect great performance from these ROMs. The Nexus 7 (2012) runs near stock Android anyway, which most of these ROMs are based on. If the Nexus struggles to handle stock Android 5.1.1, as much as poor software optimisation could be partially the problem, I’m sure the specs play a major part too and that 6.0 and 7.x ROMs wouldn’t run much better.


So, how well does the Nexus 7 (2012) still hold up in 2019? As a basic tablet for playing basic games, word processing, and browsing the internet, it holds up well. But for heavy tasks you might want to look elsewhere as the Nexus 7 is not as up to the task in 2019 as it was in 2012. But for basic use, the Nexus 7 is a great tablet and holds up well provided you downgrade it to KitKat, even in 2019.

Do you still use a Nexus 7 and how well does it hold up in 2019? Tell me down below in the comments.

-Chas 😎

One lovely blog award – who are my favourite bloggers?

This challenge has spread across the internet like fire (I didn’t create this challenge) so I have decided to do one. Basically, I have to tell you 7 things about my character. And up to 15 bloggers I enjoy. I have over 40 followers, but as there are limits (a few don’t have blogs) and you can only do up to 15. I am sorry if I do not include you!

So, here are the 7 things about me!

1. I think about my web browser project, ECG SeaSurf , for a lot of my time. I love it because the world wide web is a big place, and making software that allows people to browse such a great thing makes me feel special.

2. I do not try to block the spotlight from other developers as I love seeing what others have produced too, and I love getting inspired.

3. I love playing video games because they are extremely fun, and it feels like I am in the game (no VR here!). They also take stress away.

4. I love writing stories, to entertain people. I am writing a story called Sir Wolf’s Castle, about Minecraft wolves and a villan called Sir Bum-Smacker.

5. I love looking at over blogs and leaving feedback and liking posts because I don’t want to look selfish.

6. I love ketchup. It is an awesome sauce.

7. There are lots of other things I love but don’t blog about: Star Wars and Legends of Chima, for example.


1. Codeinfig:

An author of a coding language called Fig, a coding enthusiast, and much more. Check out his blog at!

2. Jacque:

If you want to go beyond my app-making service (I would recommend trying it first and requesting a removal if you don’t like it), then Jacque is the person for you. He can even get your app published to the Play Store (I didn’t ask for an app because I can make one myself).

Check out his blog at

3.  ARJ

If you want a guide to coding and you want to be a pro, then ARJ’s blog “A bit of everything – copy” is the place for you. He has another blog,, which is worth checking out too.

Find his main blog at

4. Daniel He hetianding

A Minecraft enthusiast, this blogger creates maps and then publishes them.

Find his blog at

5. LZH

A real tech enthusiast, admin of a website called TechCentral which contains everything tech.

Leave a comment or like at

6. AntonioWestley

A master blogger, who loves posting about sites he recommends.

Check out his active site at

Check out his inactive site at

7. antepher

A real ESP8266 and Arduino enthusiast, as well as Python Expert, antepher maintains a blog called techtutorialsx.

Like and comment on his blog at!

8. Paul Sinha

One of my first followers, Paul Sinha appears on the Chase and is really funny.

Check out his blog at

9. Old and New Reviews

Reviewing and playing video games, I enjoy reading this blog.

Follow the blog at!

10. Is there any blog you recommend?

I can’t think of a tenth, but I want to reach 10, so if you recommend a blog, plz leave  a comment.

PS: The rules (I have forgotten the URL to the original creator’s blog) also mention that you should post about being chosen. So, thank you codeinfig for choosing me! SO, remember that!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀




Minecraft PE 0.17.0 – the MCPE that may never be

Yesterday, a Minecraft PE update was available. It was a beta version of 1.0.0 this time. But 0.17.0 hadn’t even been released.

I am thinking that Mojang may release MCPE 1.0.0 next year, but I am not sure about 0.17.0! I think that is good, because 1.0.0 sounds better.

Should you always update Minecraft – Pocket Edition?

Should you always update Minecraft – Pocket Edition?

Well, lets tell you my story (which is actually real) about Minecraft PE 0.13.2.

One day, I updated Minecraft PE to 0.13.2. I launched it, and it crashed before it had launched. One day, it had downgraded me back to 0.13.1 so I could play again. Then Mojang re-released 0.13.2. It ran this time. Wow! All those bugs fixed.

You should always look at reviews for the latest update (unless you are a Beta Tester, you can send private feedback to Mojang through the Play Store) before updating!


Chas 😀

Why your device isn’t getting the latest Android

Hi guys! Have you ever visited, and you saw a new version. You checked your Android device for an update. No update is available. Here is why:

When Google release a new version of Android, your device Manufacturer decides whether or not your device should get updated to it. If they decide an update should arrive, they have to optimise it for your device. This may take a few months.

If they decide not to release the update for your device, no update will be made available.

Hope you now know why your Android device may not be getting updated!

Epic Chas Gamer 😀

Sir Wolf’s castle – anncouncement

Other the past few months, I have been thinking of a Minecraft themed story. I thought of a player’s castle, but then I thought to myself, that mobs get left out a lot in Minecraft themed stories. So, sheep wouldn’t work, ’cause they would just run away, so will cows, so I chose wolves. You can tame these, and they are extremely adorable. But why leave untamed wolves out? I don’t know. This Minecraft-themed story will feature all kinds of wolves, even the wolves that aren’t tamed that are tamed. It will feature a bad guy called Shield Evil, as well as another bad guy called Sir Smacker. The good guys are lead by a wolf that isn’t tamed called Sir Wolf. I am excited to share more about Sir Wolf’s castle in the future.


Epic Chas Gamer 😀


Wolf in Minecraft “Wolf that isn’t tamed that is tamed”

I was playing Minecraft PE 0.16.0 and I saw some wolves I had tamed in 0.15.0. However, I couldn’t stand them up. They looked like this:

Wow. I think it is a cool and weird glitch. However, when I tamed new wolves, they looked like regular tamed wolves. It is a shame I can’t stand them up.

Have you found this glitch?!

Epic Chas Gamer 😎

How to make your Android device charge faster


Let’s say, your phone/tablet has 17% charge. You need to go to out in 15 minutes. You will definitely need to charge it up. But does your device gain enough charge in just 15 minutes? Probably not.

Here is a guide of how to boost up your device’s charge:

1. Enabling Aeroplane mode, plugging in your device to charge, waiting for a bit, then unplugging your device and disabling Aeroplane mode.

First, swipe the top of the screen and then tap Aeroplane mode to enable. Then plug in your device and charge it. After a bit, unplug your device and swipe up and tap Aeroplane mode to disable.

TEST: 17%, in 7 minutes 21%

2. Closing all apps and then plugging your device in. This will help charging, but doesn’t help much. It will help a bit.

TEST: 23%, in 8 minutes 29%.

Combine Step 1 with this step!


3. Power off your device and charge it. This helps. Once it has enough charge, power it on and unplug it.

Hope your device now charges a little quicker!

Epic Chas Gamer 😎


A tablet buying guide

Android, iOS or Windows 10? What kind of tablet should you buy?

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Very common for tablets. Android tablets are extremely fast and popular.

Android tablets – pros:

You can install Word and the other Office apps onto Android.

Whether you are looking for amazing graphics, or basic power, you’ll find an Android tablet right for you.

Some apps are android exclusive

Android tablets – cons:

The Chrome Web Store doesn’t work on Android.

Some Android tablets can’t update to the latest Android version.


Windows 10 tablets are like PCs but they are tablets.

Windows 10 – Pros:

You can run full computer software on full Windows 10 tablets.

Your tablet works just like a PC.

Windows 10 – cons:

If you use ‘PC Mode’ it won’t be very tablet friendly.

Microsoft’s official tablets like the Surface Pro 3 and 4 cost an awful lot.


IPads cost a lot of money but work like normal tablets. But the OS – iOS is different

iOS – Pros:

Some apps in the iOS store are iOS exclusive

There are some iOS exclusive features

iOS – Cons:

There is no “All apps” Menu like in Android. This means apps can clog up your home screen

You are restricted to the built-in apps and apps from the app store – you can’t install from third party .apk files like you can on Android. However, this restriction helps you stay secure.

So, what tablet do you think you should buy? I hope this guide helps you! Remember, if you would like to recommend something to me tell me in the comments!


Epic Chas Gamer 😀