My 16gb Nexus 7 worked pretty much flawlessly for the first several days of pretty light use minus very minimal flicker on occasion. As of two days ago the unit is basically unusable as it randomly but excessively decides that the battery is dead even though it is fully charged. The first several times this happened I wasn't paying attention and I thought it just shut off by itself, but then I started to watch it more closely but it also started happening more and more. As of this morning it will not stay on more than 5 minutes before it audibly notifies a low battery with the messages "Connect Charger" and "Powering down". Sometimes it will give two options "Battery" and "OK" but I was never able to actually get the buttons to respond because it would already be shutting down. Other times it will just show the connect charger and powering down messages with no buttons which is strange, but in either case the device shuts down.
Once I started troubleshooting I figured out a little more information.
- Watching the lock screen while it is charging I will see it go from it's (I think) correct charge percent to 0% randomly.
- While not charging it will either show a red battery indicator in the notification area or just an empty battery when it decides to shut down
- Sometimes it will boot right up and be back up to regular charge level (of course just to shut down again within a few minutes)
- Other times it will not boot up and I noticed the error message (almost like a debug prompt mistakenly left in the code) in the upper left corner "Show low low battery logo" + some strange symbol like when you get 100 1-Ups in Super Mario Brothers . Yes the message has the word "low" twice - I guess this is lower than standard low!
Anyway, kinda bummed but since I have not seen any other report of this particular issue I'm hopeful that the replacement will not have the same problem. I'm just hoping I don't get a unit that has some of the other problems being reported so I'm crossing my fingers.