I posted about my next Nextbook Premium 8 tablet, here, a week or so ago.
I love it. I use it all the time to read, and for many other things. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a tablet.
But I just saw there’s a new Nextbook tablet: the Premium 9. At the time, I thought the Premium 8 was the newest model. I purchased it on HSN.com less than 2 months ago, during a special tech segment, for 199.00, and I thought I was getting a bargain.
According the the Nextbook web site, I clearly did get a bargain, because the Premium 8 is being sold for $299.00 over there. However, even at that price, I wouldn’t be disappointed. The few small complaints I have aren’t even worth mentioning.
And now the Premium 9, which is an inch bigger than the Premium 8, is being sold for $350.00.
I guess if you think about it, fifty bucks isn’t a lot more to pay for an extra inch. But my Premium 8 works very well and I have no regrets, and I’m more than happy with 8 inches. Most people would be. But if you are so inclined to have that extra inch, I’m sure the extra fifty bucks is worth it for the Premium 9.
I’ve posted about how much I love my Kobo e-readers more than once. I have the one with e-ink and the Kobo Lookbook. I love both, and I use both for different reasons at different times. The one with e-ink is easy to slip into a bag and take to the doctor’s office or anywhere I have to wait for a long time. The Lookbook is a little bigger, but not heavy, and I like to read at home on that one. Both are simple to use when it comes to downloading e-books and I’m a huge fan of Kobo’s web site.
But I wanted a tablet. And I didn’t want to spend what Apple is charging for the iPad…I have an iPhone, which I like, but I’ve never been completely sold on the concept that Apple is the be all and end all of all computers. I just didn’t drink the Kool Aide…that time. And I’ve seen my mother’s iPad and iPads that belong to friends. I like them. But again, I’m not willing to spend that kind of money for status reasons.
In the same respect, I’ve been looking for a tablet that will do almost everything the iPad does. And they are out there. It’s not something I’m going to use too often, and I tend to be conservative when it comes to spending money on items I want more than I need.
So I checked out the Nextbook Premium 8 tablet in a few places, and fell in love with it. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I don’t have any major complaints. The one big complaint would be that I find the keyboard a little difficult to navigate. But that’s probably more about my skills than a reflection on the actual tablet. The reading experience is also good. But I will warn people who have never owned an e-reader and are thinking about getting one: if you’re just looking for a device that will let you read e-books, go for the Kobo or something like it in the beginning. You don’t need a tablet to read e-books. In fact, I find that the tablet is distracting when it comes to the overall reading experience.
In other words, speaking as someone who is not a techie and only wants to push a button to read an e-book, I would highly recommend the Nextbook Premium 8 to anyone looking for a tablet who doesn’t want to pay Apple’s prices. But I still go back to my dedicated e-reader to get the full impact of the personal, relaxing reading experience I have always cherished.