Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ain't no real thing like the I-Pad

So I was shopping in Downtown Los Angeles this week at our local Big Lots when I ran across an "I-Pad-wanna-be" device.  It was on sale for $149 down from $199.  Well, for the last few months I've been jonesing for the new I-Pad 2 but I'm too cheap to go out and buy it.  So I picked up this device, the NextBook 7 with Android.

But I had a 20% discount coming my way so I decided, on a whim, to pick this tablet up and take it home.  I was out the door for $130 including the tax.   Given the fact that the new I-Pads run $499 and up ($550 with tax) I figured it was a deal.   Hey, it said I could web surf, listen to tunes, read books and view photos.

I got it home and...errr...it's not that cool.  It took 3-4 mins to hook up to WiFi then when it did it creeped along at super slow speeds.   The screen itself was nice and it was pretty easy to navigate BUT if you can't zip along on the 'net, what's the point?   It did have a nice e-reader that even came along with 25 free (mostly older) books that could have come in handy in travels.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I'd rate this a 6.  For the price, maybe it's worth it to some.

But at the end of the day, I took it back.  And I'm a anti-returner, I hate to return products.  I'll just wait till I get the stones to get the "real thing" an I-Pad.

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