The Google Nexus 7 is one of our favorite budget Android tablets for many reasons, but durability isn't one of them. As our Always On torture test has demonstrated, the touch screen on the Nexus 7 is a rather delicate flower.
If you've experienced the fragility of this screen first-hand, chances are you've got the tablet gathering dust somewhere with a partially or completely unresponsive screen.
The good news is that you might be able to give your broken tablet new life, so long as it still powers up. Inspired by this tutorial found on Imgur (tipped to me by CNET's Xiomara Blanco) I endeavored to see if one could set up a Nexus 7 without using the touch screen, for use as a dedicated e-book reader.
A USB OTG adapter connected to a smartphone.
(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)
To make this happen, your first step is to get your tablet working using an alternative input method (assuming your touch screen is hosed). The easiest way to do this is to invest in an inexpensive USB OTG adapter. You can read all about this wondrous accessory on Sharon Vaknin's ... [Read more]