Nextbook 8 is here, and it's ready to make school both fun and productive in three special edition back to school colors – red, blue, and silver. If you're a fan of simplicity, the classic black version is available, as well. I received this Nextbook 8 as compensation for review, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Nextbook 8 – Form and Functionality… And the Price Ain't Bad, Either!
I'm a true geek. I mean, I'm geektastic, so when I was approached to review the Nextbook 8, available at Walmart and Walmart.com, I was stoked. I've been in the market for a tablet, but I haven't been too keen on shelling out a boat load of cash, especially when I already have an uber powerful phone. I'd actually been eyeing the Nextbook line of tablets for a while, because I knew they had good power and speed, and they weren't too pricey. You can't beat $79.99 to $99.99. The special edition colors are great, too, coming in red, blue, and silver. They also carry the classic black tablet as well. Plus, it's Android based. I love that because I'm an Android fanboy.
The Nextbook 8 delivered on all of those points. It's a great budget tablet, and it performs remarkably well for its price point. It runs on the Jellybean OS, so I was immediately able to navigate through the menus with ease. It's not compatible with all the apps out there, but then again, nothing is really. It's thin and lightweight, which is why I wasn't put off at all by the not overly long battery life. Lets face it, with a tablet as compact as this one, there's not a lot of room for a huge battery, and I'm fine with that. I'd much rather just charge it a little more often than have all that bulk that some tablets have.
Nextbook 8 Features
The Nextbook 8 is a remarkably powerful tablet for the price. I've listed the specs below for your perusal. If you're not overly techy, I'll break it down for you right here. It's affordable and it's fast. It's a great tablet for school use as well as killing time (and you KNOW you do it!)
- 1024×768 capacitive touch screen
- 1GB DDR3 RAM
- 8GB internal memory, expandable via MicroSD card to 64GB
- Available in dual core and quad core processor models
- Dual webcams with microphone: 2 megapixel back-facing and 0.3 megapixel front-facing
- Micro HDMI port to send 1080p HD video to an HDTV or computer
- USB 2.0 high speed slot and MicroSD card slot for memory expansion up to 64GB
- Built-in G sensor
- Recharbeable Lithium-Ion battery
- Built-in b/g/n 802.11 Wi-Fi connection
- Available in black and three fun back to school special edition colors – red, silver, and blue
As you can see, it's got some power for the price point. While I wasn't overly impressed with the camera, everything else suited me just fine, especially the processor. In this day and age, anything less that a dual core is unacceptable.
The Brass Tacks
Now you've heard about the Nextbook 8, but what did I think about it? Well, I think it's a pretty great tablet for the price. It's got a fairly fast processor, good RAM, and decent on board storage. It's storage is expandable to 64GB via a MicroSD card, so it's not a deal breaker that it's on board memory is 8GB. It's not compatible with all the apps out there, and it's not the most poweful tablet on the market, but it IS the most powerful tablet for the price. And sometimes, that's exactly what you're looking for. I know I was.
- Good processing speed
- Expandable memory
- USB and MicroSD ports
- 1024×768 resolution
- Powerful for the price
- Perfect for back to school
- Preloaded with Google Play and Android apps from Google such as Gmail, Chrome, Google Talk, Google+, Google Maps, YouTube, and more
- Preloaded with Barnes and Noble NOOK for Android app so you can buy and read your favorite books with the touch of a finger
- Not the most impressive camera
- Battery life could be longer
- Some incompatibility with certain apps
You'll notice that the pros outweigh the cons by a fair amount. That's because despite the cons I've listed, the Nextbook 8 is a GREAT tablet for the money. I'm thoroughly satisfied with it over all. I think it's the perfect tablet to get for school, whether it's high school or college. I know I'm not going to shell out big bucks to send a tablet to college where it could potentially meet a premature, and possibly suspect end.
Final Thoughts on the Nextbook 8
It's great. It's not the most powerful tablet out there, but it's a great answer for the budget conscious geek. I'd highly recommend this tablet for school use, as well as everyday use. I know I haven't been able to put it down.
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