tablets

Android, Small Tablets, and Apple


Here’s an interesting article from CNET that discusses the rumor of a small tablet kind of/sort of iPad from Apple. But with android tablets working so well for so many people is it really necessary for Apple to compete in this market?

I’ve posted about how much I love my Nextbook tablet more than once. For me, the Nextbook tablet was the alternative to an iPad…because I have three dedicated e-readers, an iPhone, and three working computers. I’m not even counting Tony’s notebook, his computers, or the two laptops. We work at home; we need to have backups at all times.

So the last thing I needed was to spend over five hundred dollars on an iPad that may or may not become obsolete within the next two years. For me, tech devices aren’t a hobby and they aren’t toys. I need to think about performance as well as cost at all times. I opted for the Nextbook tablet instead, mainly because it was cheaper and because I knew it wouldn’t be around for more than two years. I simply just assume nowadays that new devices will be launched and I’ll wind up looking for the next best deal. And I’ve been more than satisfied with the performance and the speed of the Nextbook. I even love reading on it. And it’s evident I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I (and presumably millions of other people) have been using the 7-inch Kindle Fire since late last year. It’s a great deal for $199, offering the basics that satisfy a lot of non-techie consumers: a good e-mail app, fast browser, Kindle reader, good movie viewer (I quit Netflix and went with Amazon’s service). And it has a good display, to boot.

Then, of course, we have the $199 Google Nexus 7, which got an Editor’s Choice rating from CNET Reviews.

I’m curious about this one myself. At this point, I don’t need it. But if I did it would probably be in my top ten choices.

Which brings us back to Apple. It already offers the 9.7-inch $399 iPad 2. Does Apple need to go lower, smaller than that?

I will admit that if Apple did come out with something very different from smaller androids I would seriously think about buying one. Although I’ve never been a huge Apple fan because of their philosophy, I have to be honest about the fact that I do prefer the quality of my iPhone over all other devices I own. As I said, I’m happy with my Nextbook. I would do it over again to save the money. But when I switch from using my iPhone to my Nextbook it’s a lot like switching from a well made luxury car to a basic economy car. In this sense, you get what you pay for. But then again we don’t all need well made luxury cars to get from point A to point B.

Apple’s Massive Earnings…

Apple reported huge earnings. Although I have an iPhone, I’ve never been a huge Apple fan. Mainly because I don’t like the conrol, nor do I like the basic mindset on which Apple was built.

I do, however, have the utmost respect for what they do and how they do it. My mom is an Apple fan and she now goes to the Apple store to drive the Apple people crazy instead of me when she has a problem. The associates at the Apple store are always more than willing to help.

I’ve always found that Apple was best at marketing, which is why their earnings are so good. This alone is priceless:

A Goldman Sachs analyst questioned whether Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire tablet–and other low-cost iPad alternatives like it–might actually be turning people on to Apple’s iPad or making an impact on Apple’s sales.

“In terms of our competitiveness, the ecosystem for iPads is in a class by itself,” Cook said. “I think people really want to do multiple things with their tablet, and therefore, we don’t really see these limited-function tablets and e-readers [as] being in the same category.”

First, I own two e-readers and I prefer dedicated e-reading devices when I’m reading. I don’t want distractions.

Second, I own a Nextbook Premium 8 tablet and it does everything and more than some basic iPads do. I paid far less for my Nextbook and I have no complaints whatsoever. So I’m not exactly sure what Apple is talking about with “ecosystms” and “classes.” This sounds more like marketing hype than actual fact. The only thing missing from that answer was “research says,” and “studies prove.”

But they know what they are doing at Apple, especially when it comes to people who don’t understand technology and they want things to be simple. They also know all about status and class peer pressure, and how seriously some people cling to those things.

I might even think about buying an iPad someday. But only if the prices came down. I can think of far better ways I can spend my money…like making an extra mortgage payment to pay down my home, or just putting that money in the bank for a rainy day…than buying something that costs three times the price of what something else can do just as well.

There’s an old saying about money I try to live by:

“It’s as important to learn how to make money as it is to learn how to hold on to it.”

Nextbook Premium 8…


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.