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Nextbook 7
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1gb of RAM, 8gb of Storage. Plays games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds just fine.

Cons: 8gb of storage, but only 512mb allocated for Apps. It appears Google imposed this limit for DRM reasons. You can try to delete the included apps like B&N Nook. But, when you turn the tablet back on, it runs an update and they all come back. About 300mb is used by the included apps, so you don't have much room for installing other apps. Then, if you have other apps installed, you get error messages saying 'insufficient storage' and it runs very slow. I found a workaround for this. See 'Other Thoughts' below.

Other Thoughts: I added an 8gb Micro SDHC card to the tablet. In Settings, you can move installed apps to the SD card. I moved the B&N Nook app and Candy Crush apps to the SD card and they worked just fine. Then I reinstalled Angry Birds and other apps one at a time, moving them to the SD card once they were installed. I no longer get the 'insufficient storage' error message, the updates run and the slowness problem is gone. Problem solved. This is the only way I could install more than 200mb of apps. It's a good workaround for techies, but non-techies like my mom may be confused and return the tablet for this reason. This tablet works for me, but I took away 2 stars because non-techies may have problems.

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Nextbook 7
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Better specs than other cheap tablets in this price range. This one has 1gb of RAM and 8gb of storage, compared to 512mb RAM and 4gb of storage like the other cheap tablets. Works great for Angry Birds, Candy Crush and most simple games. Wifi was easy to setup. Battery life is about the same as other cheap tablets. Touch screen works well.

Cons: Screen is not high res. Viewing angle not great, but acceptable. My only real complaint is the 7 inch screen is smaller than I expected. An 8 inch screen would be better for an adult that needs reading glasses. I did not order mine from Newegg, but I should have. Neweggs price is $10 cheaper.

Other Thoughts: My kid broke the screen on my iPad Mini. It was under Apple 1 year factory warranty, but the screen was not covered. Apple wanted $219 to repair the screen. No way, Man! Instead of fixing the iPad Mini, I ordered a Nextbook 7. It plays all the same games my kid likes, Angry Birds, Plants vs Zombies, Candy Crush, etc. The brand new Nextbook 7 cost 1/3 the price of paying Apple to fix the iPad Mini.

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SAMSUNG Samsung Exynos 2GB Memory 16GB 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Like it more and more every day 09/18/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG Samsung Exynos 2GB Memory 16GB 11.6" Chromebook Google Chrome OS XE303C12-A01US

Pros: Boots with a browser and I'm online with wifi in 10 seconds and with no hassles. Battery lasts 6 hours so I can use it a long time with no cords. I own 3 other laptops and end up using the Samsung Chromebook most of the time. It's very convenient. Doesn't get hot. In fact, it barely gets warm after 20 minutes of use. Works great for a quick email check or stock quote check. The screen is bigger than most tablets and it has a good keyboard.

Cons: It doesn't do Windows. Not really a Con for me though. In fact, I think it's great there is no 'Start Screen' or 'Metro Tiles'. One real Con is there aren't many offline apps available. Google is working on that.

Other Thoughts: Great lightweight laptop for traveling and handy around the house for quick web surfing. It probably won't replace your main computer, but it's fine for most online tasks.

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Display Name: Paul B.

Date Joined: 09/19/09

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  • First Review: 10/03/09
  • Last Review: 12/13/13
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