Thought you might buy the £180 Next tablet pc? Read this first.
A week after Bitterwallet revealed details of the Next tablet pc - a 10" Android-powered gadget for £180 - the national media have suddenly woken up to the story. None appear to have reviewed the product so far, which means an awful lot of readers will believe Next are selling an absolute bargain - a tablet computer to to rival Apple's iPad, but costing £250 less.
Before you do anything, you need to read this review by PDA-247, as pointed out to us by avid Bitterwallet reader Mark. Here are a few highlights from a reviewer who was initially annoyed that critics dismissed the Next tablet without trying it:
The iPad is solid and the screen looks and feels great; the Next Tablet feels hollow and tapping the screen is akin to pushing your finger onto a wobbly piece of plastic, a very thin piece of plastic at that... if I lift it up with one hand it creaks. I was amazed that it did this, but it feels as if the screen is going to lift off from the casing. The build quality is quite frankly appalling in every single way.
It is so slow that you can actually see what it is doing while it opens the app you have pressed; when you tap an icon, it goes away, flashes up the main home screen, goes back to the app for a second or two and then eventually the app opens. Every screen scroll is juddery and slow, every screen tap is imprecise and slow to react... one word? Crap.
Oh well, at least I could play with the OfficeSuite app instead- such a shame it’s the Chinese version! I suspect that no-one has even checked this device for consistency and that no-one involved with the project cared anyway.
And in conclusion?
I give up. I simply cannot be bothered to write anything else about what has to be the worst product I have ever had the misfortune to review. It is simply terrible on every level and gets nowhere near its budget price of £180 as far as value is concerned. It can’t get near because it not only doesn’t work very well, it barely works at all. It is a sub-standard, low rent, cheap piece of nonsense which should not be sold by such a well known company.
And those are the nice things the review has to say about the Next tablet. Read the rest of it here. Any avid Bitterwallet readers like to chip in with their review?