Having switched my desktops and laptops to that OS, I gravitated naturally to Android for mobiles and tablets. It’s a kernel thing. My first Nexus 7 from 2012 was a fine tablet, but it couldn’t keep up with the last Android upgrade pushed out to it. I’ve since moved on to the 2013 Nexus 7, which means that I still have a mostly unused “grouper” lying around for software reasons, as the hardware is still fine. Since this old tablet already runs a Linux kernel, there should be a way to switch the rest of the software to a complete GNU/Linux distro. Could this be made into a “conversion to Linux” article? I read that some seven million Nexus 7 of the 2012 vintage were sold, so this may be a useful article for other readers, too. Mare kBil in ski, Ottawa, Neil says: It’s just a computer so anyone willing to support a Linux distro on the Nexus 7 could do so. Bodhi Linux was available to Nexus 7 users for a while, until the team dropped support in 2013 as it was more work to support than all of its desktop builds put together. You can still try it from http://bit.ly/2fGoQDt.
It looks like Lineage OS development has updated the 2012 model to Android Marshmallow 7.1, which is your best bet for a happy experience.