View Full Version : Oh My! Horrible review - Next 10" Tablet


kennyc
10-09-2010, 05:12 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/rorycellanjones/2010/10/a_cutprice_tablet_computer_whatev.html

Next Tablet...

:smack: :rofl:

http://www.next.co.uk/shopping/electric/carryover/10/13

Donnageddon
10-09-2010, 05:20 AM
Oh my, oh my.

:)

HarryT
10-09-2010, 05:40 AM
Yikes! Shows that Apple's approach of controlling both the hardware and the o/s does have its benefits.

GeoffC
10-09-2010, 06:41 AM
At least he proved how strong the touch screen is !

TheJohnNewton
10-09-2010, 07:02 AM
All I can say is... Next!

HarryT
10-09-2010, 07:07 AM
What's a bit odd is that "Next" would sell an Android tablet at all. For those outside the UK, "Next" are a well-known British high-street brand, but known as a shop that sells fashionable clothes. It's the last place in the world I'd think of buying a computer from!

GeoffC
10-09-2010, 11:02 AM
:ditto:

My thought also....

petermillard
10-09-2010, 12:40 PM
Not so odd really; Next have a huge catalogue that includes TV, audio & HiFi, computing, kitchen & domestic appliances, gaming etc.. etc... They already offer the Archos 8" and 9" tablets; I'd guess that this is just some (not so) bright spark saying 'hey, let's do an own-brand 10" tablet - we just buy one in and slap our name on it...'

Shame they didn't test it first ;)

Pete

HarryT
10-09-2010, 02:11 PM
Thanks, Pete - I didn't know that they sold any of that kind of thing!

jeffcobb
10-09-2010, 03:11 PM
There is a whole bunch of Android-based tablets coming out (or are out now) that are substandard (nothing against Android, just those who are rushing cr@p to the market). Case in point: The Augen 7" tablet, available at KMarts in this country for around $120. It bills itself as an ebook reader, movie viewer, all the usual suspects. It is however cheaply made, low battery life (still using LCD) and slow...

I can see folks buying these things and coming to the conclusion that Android is dodgy since most of the cheaply-made products will do will to distinguish their appearance and so the good ones will look like Android and so will the bad ones...

TotallyEpic
10-09-2010, 04:51 PM
The only interesting Android tablet coming out IMO, is the Archos 101. It's not horribly priced like most others.

Gwen Morse
10-15-2010, 11:30 PM
The only interesting Android tablet coming out IMO, is the Archos 101. It's not horribly priced like most others.

I'm still crossing my fingers hoping for the Notion Ink Adam tablet with a Pixel Qi screen.

Of course, I'll be wrong and it will turn out to be vaporware.

Edit: Not sure if you consider it affordable.

wodin
10-17-2010, 03:10 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/rorycellanjones/2010/10/a_cutprice_tablet_computer_whatev.html

Next Tablet...

:smack: :rofl:

http://www.next.co.uk/shopping/electric/carryover/10/13

When I got to the bit that said:

But not until you have swiped a padlock symbol to unlock the screen, which took me several minutes to master, during which the tablet kept going black.

I understood right off that the major problem could be found directly between the chair and the touchscreen. But then what can you expect from an Apple fan?

Not quite an unbiased review.

Squirsier
10-17-2010, 04:40 PM
When I got to the bit that said:



I understood right off that the major problem could be found directly between the chair and the touchscreen. But then what can you expect from an Apple fan?

Not quite an unbiased review.

Still, if you watch the video, it shows just how much the touchscreen doesn't really work. Watch how the screen wobbles when he just tries to tap on the Settings button, and how he's having a hard time sliding a row of icons to get to said Settings button :smack:

wodin
10-17-2010, 09:38 PM
Yes, but I didn't comment on the quality of the device, just the credibility of the reviewer.

Personally, I don't believe that there is an Android (or any other OS) device being produced in this arena that I would put my money on yet. And that is a very large YET.

I keep watching, but I think around the middle of 2011 will be the sweet spot.

Richey79
10-18-2010, 04:43 AM
I saw this in the Next catalogue - was surprised. I wondered (completely idly) whether it was any good and who actually makes it for them.

My girlfriend's comment was, 'who would want a computer with 'NEXT' written on the front in big letters?'

pphilipp
10-20-2010, 05:32 AM
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In defense of the Next...
First, you can't expect iPad quality for the price. Actually, I haven't seen any cheap Android device which is delivering iPad-level hardware... none stack up. I know all too well since I own two Androids and have handled many more. They're just not there yet, period.

Second, the reviewer seems to be intentionally making the Next look worse than it is. Example: his nonresponsive finger strikes on the screen. So what? Again, the iPad's true capacitive screen is about the only tablet screen I've used that is quite accurate. I have played with dozens of other slate devices and most are only somewhat accurate at best. Even the multitude of devices shown on Youtube show similar results for sub-L200 units.

Come on. Give this device an accurate review. I'm sure it's in league with most other devices in it's price range.
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In defense of the review...
My experience with Android as an OS on large tablet devices (not as a phone OS), indicates it has a long way to go. The reviewer also seems to state that. It's not just the Next device, most (all?) other large Android devices seem to not be implemented very well. The reviewer is correct in stating that Apple has a real advantage in controlling both the OS and the hardware, where the Android devices are a hit and miss consortium where the OS and the hardware aren't really on the same wavelength. Google doesn't even defend this fact and seem to wipe their hands from any criticism these devices are garnishing.

My personal feelings are: if I'm not spending the same money for an Android slate as I would for an Apple iPad, then I really shouldn't expect the same quality from it as what I would from the iPad.
Bottom line: you get what you pay for.