My family and I have a pretty high-tech lifestyle. We stay up to date on much of the electronics world and it’s newest releases. I’m always eager to try something new when it comes to techy gadgets and gizmos, it’s just so fun! When I heard about the Nextbook Premium 8 from E Fun. I instantly knew I wanted to get to know it better. So, that’s what I did. I took it to dinner, to the park, and for a long walk on the beach. What? Don’t look at me like that, I’m not lonely!
But really, I did those things to get a feel for the performance of the Nextbook Premium 8. I don’t leave my island too much, so I went to the ends of the earth 5’x7’ (ish) piece of land I call home to put it to the test. What were my results? Let’s break it down:
Nextbook Premium 8 Ease of Use:
I don’t read directions, I skim – if that. I have this sick twisted idea that I am one with machines; that I understand what they’re feeling. No, not really, but I do think I can figure things out just by messing with something and I’m usually right. With the Nextbook Premium 8 I wasn’t too far off. After the reading the “Read before you proceed” part I was ready to have at it.
The power button is on the side of the Nextbook Premium 8, along with the volume button. This takes a lot of guesswork out of it. There are also buttons to take you to the home screen, to the search screen, to the menu options and more located on the side. Trust me, these really come in handy.
I powered it up and waited….and waited….and waited… This would be the only really negative thing I have to say about the Nextbook Premium 8; the boot up wait is a little long, or maybe I was just expecting a get up and go.
Once I moved past the Lincoln quote everything else was a cake walk. The touch screen technology is up to par here. You don’t need to do much or press hard to have your selection recognized, huge plus. Heck, you don’t even have to read the manual! There’s a getting started and a tutorial selection right on the home screen. How’s that for helping?!
Nextbook Premium 8 Features:
The first thing I did on the Nextbook Premium 8 was go to the SlideMe market place to start browsing the available apps. Here’s another potentially negative (lack of) feature. Although the Nextbook Premium 8 uses Android OS, you’re unable to access the Android marketplace. SlideMe does a decent job of making up for it though, so no huge loss.
The camera included is decent for taking self portraits, not much else though. It’s a front facing camera, so either you need to do a lot of guesswork, or have a flexible back to get a decent picture of something that’s not, well, you. But, like I said it’s decent for taking self portraits, which I did…a lot. My favorite thing about the Nextbook Premium 8 would have to be it’s size. It’s small enough to fit in your purse, but not too small that it’s hard to use. It’s the perfect fit, and super light weight. I even watched a few movies!
The e-reader I haven’t done too much with, as I haven’t really had the time to read. I did take it down to the beach to see how easy it was to read; not bad at all. The glare was nowhere near as bad as I’d expected, and I was able to see the preloaded book I pulled up for testing purposes. The Nook store is pre-loaded, so you have endless books at your fingertips!
There’s tons of other features which make this an awesome piece of equipment. Here’s some of my favorites:
- 8 inch screen
- Google search on the home screen
- Kobo reader
- Video recorder
- Built in rechargeable battery
- SD card slot
- Office Suite Pro
The Nextbook Premium 8 Comes with:
- The Premium 8 Tablet
- AC Power Adapter
- USB Cable
- Protective Pouch (so awesome!)
- User’s Manual
Overall I would recommend the Nextbook Premium 8 to anyone looking for a light weight, feature rich tablet. With the fun and educational apps in the SlideMe marketplace, this would make a great gift for a tween/teen too. While it’s not an over the top feature packed tool, it definitely pleases and gives you the bang for your buck.
Disclosure: I received a Nextbook Premium 8 tablet for the purpose of this review, however opinions are 100% my own.