I'm glad I didn't buy a Nexus 7 2013...
Oh wait - I did - two of them - both had the GPS defect. Both returned...
I'm waiting to get the Nexus 7 2013 LTE because - and our unhappy non-camper would have known if he'd read ALL the posts - the unhappy ones AND the follow up resolution - the GPS issues have been mostly resolved. The touch screen issue seems under control as well. And unlike the 2012 model, the 2013 lets you tether things to your Nexus 7.
As usual, it's easy to get stuck on the extremes: people who just complain and people who don't want to hear it. Complaints are necessary (when valid) because it puts public pressure on companies to fix their problems and do the right thing. I've long suspected that ASUS' horrible handling of the Transformer Prime fiasco stemmed in part from the negation of the negative comments by people who were essentially cheerleading for ASUS.
And while it's true that a person having a bad experience with a product is more likely to complain than a person having a good one is likely to praise it publically (although I'd point out that that's very much not the case with say.. the iPhone or iPad), companies should realize this is why it's so very, very important to get it right out of the box - or fix it as fast as possible if that fails - or if all else fails, keep the channels of communications open to make sure that your customers know you're working on it.
ASUS gets this wrong far too often and this time, they damaged Google's rep in the process, but in all fairness - Google's closed lipped approach just make things worse.
It's easy to blame the victims here - maybe we should spend a little more time blaming the companies that can't even do basic QA?