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No, the Nexus 7 LCD display is not defective! - What is being described is actually image persistence, and this is known to be somewhat more characteristic of IPS (In-Plane Switching) LCD panels like that used in the N7.  The trade-off is typically better clarity and viewing angles.  This type of persistence is caused by residual discharge effects, not "burn-in."  Here's a page that gives some technical background: // By the way, Apple's new Macs with Retina display also use IPS technology, and image persistence has been reported on them also.  All technology has trade-offs!
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Have you viewed this first hand? Is it bad or annoying. How long does it persist? 
+Steven Hoff I have not personally seen an actual Nexus 7, however, reports are very much in line with the range of reactions that would be expected with IPS displays (which can vary from unit to unit and with other factors).  Persistence times will vary.  Bad?  Annoying?  As with all display technologies, that's in the eyes of the beholder.  It's notable that major reviews of the N7 have generally not noted this issue, suggesting they either didn't see it or didn't think it was worth mentioning.  And virtually all reviews of the N7 have been glowing overall, even from normally hard to please observers.
I'm a broke student, but I've been eyeballing the different cheap as chinese tablets for a little while now, but I think I'm likely gonna purchase an N7 in the near future if I can. A tablet would help me out a lot with school. 
No, +Lauren Weinstein, mine is defective. What I'm seeing isn't some slight image persistence. What I and plenty of others have is screens so washed out the black background of the boot screen looks like a 50% gray, and even lighter (or darker in some cases) around the edges. It also flickers a lot. Not flickering like squirrely auto-brightness. Flickering like a dying fluorescent light.

I know it's not supposed to look like this, either, because it was beautiful and everything I expect in a screen for the first hour or two. Then it all just went straight to hell all of a sudden.
Mine isn't slight either, it's just like described in the article and it's downright intrusive when you're dealing with something like a white PDF then switching to a video
I believe it's normal behavior, but not to the extent that I've been seeing
I think it's disingenuous to call it "normal" behavior. That's like telling someone with explosive diarrhea that it's normal pooping behavior, but not to the extent they're seeing.
Obviously, it's possible to get a truly defective unit.  The point is that IPS displays in general tend to have some ghosting, and obviously a large number of people have now received N7s and are very happy with them.
Don't get me wrong. I'm very impressed with it, still. Aside from my spectacularly defective display it's a pretty amazing little device.
+Joby Elliott I bought two (one for me, one for my wife) and one of them is being returned for the problem you're describing.  I'm perfectly happy with the other one and am looking forward to receiving the replacement.
I know this is an old post, but I have recently seen the image persistence issue on my Nexus 7 (1st gen)
I've looked at several forums to see if there is a fix, but haven't found anything.
Does anyone know of a fix? I'm no stranger to going inside to replace parts (I do cell phone repairs on the side) but I'd hate to replace my LCD, only to find out that the problem is elsewhere.
Does anyone have info on how to actually fix the problem? Google said I'm out of warranty, and they'll fix it for $70, but I can likely fix it myself cheaper, and I'm trying to avoid throwing the blasted thing away.
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