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Technology Gadgets | Nextbook Premium8 Tablet Review

20120128-031333.jpgWe received a Nextbook Premium 8 Tablet to review. It’s a neat little device that is a big larger than a smartphone, but smaller than your standard-sized tablets. It’s running Google’s Android 2.3 operating system, so it’s pretty familiar to those with other Android devices. It has a nice and bright 8-inch touch display and a front-facing camera. It comes with a few helpful apps installed: the Kobo Ebook Store, which gives you the ability to buy eBooks directly online from the tablet, SlideME, which is where you can download more apps, the Astro File Manager, Advanced Task Killer and Office Suite Viewer.

I was able to copy over some music and movies from my PC to the tablet using the included USB cable. The items then showed up in the tablet’s media library. It makes a nice, portable video and music player. It only has 4GB on-board, so make sure you keep an eye on that. Though, it does have the ability to use up to 32GB MicroSD cards for storage. We don’t have a MicroSD card, so we couldn’t test that.

We browsed around the included eBook Reader and skimmed through some of the free 25 eBooks they give you. It’s a good eReader if you plan on reading in bed with the lights off. No need for a separate light. We didn’t try purchasing any books since we already own another eReader.

One thing we were disappointed with is the missing Android Market. The Android Market is the official Google app store where you can find all of the standard and popular apps available for Android. This tablet comes with the SlideME App Market. I browsed it a little bit, but I didn’t see one app that was familiar, even when sorting by “Most Popular.” No Angry Birds, no Words with Friends, no Netflix, etc. The other option is to manually download apps in the .APK format and copy them to your tablet from your PC. I did a search for APK files, but I really didn’t want to download a file from an untrusted website.

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Overall, it’s a decent little tablet. If you’re looking for something less costly than some of the larger tablets out there (iPad, Motorola Xoom, etc) or something larger than a standard smartphone, you might want to try this one out. And hey, our daughter likes playing with it! It only uses WiFi, so you don’t need to purchase an ongoing service contract. Of course that means you can only access the internet when you have WiFi access. But, the eReader works as well as other content you load onto it (pictures, etc). However, if you are looking for more online functionality, productivity, and a wider selection of trusted apps, this might not be the right tablet for you. It’s not the cheapest option, but it’s not the most expensive either.

Where to buy: Amazon

 

 

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  1. Katie Smih January 28, 2012 Reply

    boo i want one SO BAD!!!!

  2. Angela January 28, 2012 Reply

    I really like my Premium 8. I know what you’re saying about the Android Market, but for my purposes it really does not matter. I mostly use it to read books and there are some fun, free games for the kids from the SlideMe app store.

    • Darcy January 30, 2012 Reply

      It’s definitely about what works for you and your needs. There are so many tablets out now it gets hard to figure out what to get!Syrana

  3. Isra January 28, 2012 Reply

    I love the size! I wanted a tablet just a little bigger than my phone but not so big it’s not handheld anymore. I never heard of this one, will check it out, thanks!thefrugalette

    • Darcy January 30, 2012 Reply

      Size-wise you would definitely like this then!Syrana

  4. Janet K January 29, 2012 Reply

    Hubby bought me something like this for Christmas, but we don’t have Wifi yet so he and the boy started playing Angry Birds until we can afford a router. Now, I’m wondering if we don’t need to buy another when I can get a router…because I’m never getting that one back!! Thanks for all the great details about this one..I’ll keep it in mind!!JanetGoingCrazy

    • Darcy January 30, 2012 Reply

      No.. you are not getting yours back lolSyrana

  5. Robyn E January 29, 2012 Reply

    Great review ! I learned something new today. Was not
    aware of this product.

    Thank youkapumaka

  6. amy v January 29, 2012 Reply

    this looks like a great option for those of us who don’t want to pay a fortune on items like the ipad! my daughter would love this to read on and listen to music! thanks for the review

    annae07 at aol dot com

    • Darcy January 30, 2012 Reply

      You are welcome! Buying a tablet really is about finding what works for your needs and budget. Everyone does not need an iPad!Syrana

  7. joe November 14, 2012 Reply

    This tablet is quite nice, I’m using it to write this coment haha. Its smooth as well as mine came with getjar market witch has most uup to date apps. Its nice for the price and runs smoother than my galaxy two tab that I sold lol

  8. Rod Hall January 27, 2013 Reply

    They need to improve the instructions for those of us that have not had any android devises before. I have had mine for three days and we still can’t get any books. Says that I haven’t accessed the Google Play app using my email address. Its supposed to be on the tablet and so is Kobe. Can’t find either one or the ebook store. Very frustrating.

    • Darcy Zalewski January 28, 2013 Reply

      Yeah it wasn’t the most user friendly device we’ve had :(Syrana

  9. Shirley April 7, 2013 Reply

    I bought mine a month ago, and very frustrated with it, as I wanted it mainly for the kobo reader. I have bought two books now and every time I try to get into it it say Sorry, We couldn’t open this item. We’re working to fix the problem, please try later. Well how much later I have reset the tablet and tried everything and nothing. So now I don’t want to buy any books until I know I can read them. Now thinking of just going and getting a Kobo reader and selling this.

    • Darcy Zalewski April 8, 2013 Reply

      So sorry to hear that :( We haven’t been using ours since we bought a different tablet (Motorola Xoom).Syrana

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