If you rejected previous Android tablets from EFUN because you were waiting for a tablet that included the Google Play Store, you've missed out on some really nice tablets but your wait is now over. The new Nextbook Premium HD Series now includes the convenience of the Google Play Store for downloading Apps, Music, Video, and books.
I was allowed the opportunity to evaluate the Nextbook Premium8HD (item# NX008HD8G). The front of the box is simply labeled 'Nextbook 8 Inch Android Tablet' but if you look at the side of the box, above the barcode, you will find the Item# listed. This was made a bit more confusing with a manual that had the correct Item# on the cover but the name of a previous model, Premium8SE instead of Premium8HD. Just a little production glitch that someone missed but future manual covers will be corrected. The content of the manual is correct for this model. I like the screen size of the 8" tablet but for those who would prefer a slightly smaller size, there is also a Premium7HD from Nextbook which is priced a bit lower because of the smaller size. The features are essentially the same.
In the Box
- NX008HD8G Multimedia tablet - Android Jelly Bean 4.1 OS Touch screen tablet with support for Adobe Flash 10.2 and a familiar Internet experience.
- AC Power Adapter - This has a newly shortened cable as requested in customer feedback.
- Micro USB Cable - Also a slightly shorter cable to reduce tangles.
- Protective pouch - Includes a soft, drawstring fabric pouch for protecting the tablet from scratches.
- User’s Manual - Printed manual plus a Quick Start Guide and detailed instructions for connecting to a wireless network. A digital copy of the manual is also included on the tablet.
Features & Specifications
- 8" HD 1024x768 High Resolution Capacitive Touch Display
- AMLOGIC Dual-core processor; Cortex 1.5 GHz with 1GB DDR3 RAM
- Built-in Rechargeable Battery
- Built-in 8GB Memory Storage and a Micro SD Card Slot for Memory Expansion to 32 GB.
- Mini HDMI port - An HDMI cable is not included.
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n - Easy setup and connection to your wireless network.
- Built-in G sensor - Screen orientation adjusts as the tablet's position changes between portrait and landscape view.
- Front facing 0.3m camera plus a 2m rear facing camera
- Google Play Store - Download free and purchased Android apps.
- Build-in Speaker with volume control buttons on the side of the tablet.
- Built-in Microphone and Voice Search functions.
- MP3 & Photo Viewer plus a MoviePlayer App
- OTA capable - you will be automatically prompted when new updates are available.
EFUN has always listened to their customers' suggestions for product improvements and some of those changes have been incorporated into this new line of tablets.
Shortened cables for power and USB are less cumbersome and help prevent tangled cables. The power cable is about 15" shorter than the one that came with the previous model and the USB cable is about 8" shorter but customers asked for shorter cables and EFUN listened.
One of my pet peeves was having the tablet power on when the power adapter was attached for charging. This meant I would have to wait until the tablet was fully on so that I could shut it down again if all I wanted to do was charge it. This tablet just charges when the cable is attached. An animated charging graphic appears on the screen briefly but the tablet remains off. If you want to use the tablet while it's plugged in, you can do that as well.
If the tablet is off and you attach the USB cable and connect it to a power source, the charging graphic will also appear on the screen. If the tablet is on, it will tell you it's charging via the USB but the battery power will continue to deplete. The official line is that the tablet does not charge via the USB cable. A USB cable does not provide enough power for the tablet to function and charge at the same time but it will actually charge very slowly via the USB cable if the tablet is not powered on. It still provides an extra charging option if your ac adapter isn't handy.
Of course the biggest change is probably the addition of the Google Play Store which is your doorway to additional Android Apps, games, music, videos and books to use on the Nextbook Premium HD. There are a lot of different sources for these applications but Google Play makes it very easy to find and download the apps that meet your needs.
Google Play also has books. Many are free and others require a small payment. This Nextbook tablet comes with the Play Books app which will let you download and read any book content associated with your Google account. It doesn't appear to have the option to import any books already on the device.
This is the first Nextbook I've used that doesn't come equipped with a standalone ePub eReader app. The Barnes and Noble Nook bookstore app is included (for USA users) for purchasing new books and magazines online. That app doesn't allow you to import ePub titles from an SD card or flash drive so you will definitely want to add a basic eReader app such as the UB Reader, Aldiko Reader, or 1 of many other similar free book apps which allow greater flexibility in importing ebooks. Canadian users will have the Kobo App installed instead of the Nook App.
Web Cams - Front and rear cameras ensure that you will be ready to snap those candid pictures to share and embarrass your friends and family. Included photo and video applications allow you to make full use of the cameras for pictures, video, and as Web Cams. Images are crisp and sharp even without a flash feature.
Battery power is exceptional even when playing demanding games and video that eat up power on other tablets. On the box it estimates battery life as:
- 6 hours of HD video playback
- 5 hours of web browsing
- 7.5 hours of music playback
The Capacitive Touch Screen provides a smooth, responsive and accurate experience when navigating screens, playing games, or typing on the virtual keyboard.
The Nextbook Premium HD series also comes with CloudLink 3.0 which offers additional features for users including:
FileLocker version 1.2 with 10 GB of free cloud storage. Secure Cloud Collaboration. Go to FileLocker online to find out more.
F-Secure 30 Day trial - Mobile Security for your tablet. Price after the 30 day trial is $29.99. Visit F-Secure online to find out more.
PrintHand - Print from your tablet or smartphone. Includes only 1 test print and then you need to purchase for $12.95 per device. Visit their website to see a video and find out if your printer is supported. I was able to print to my Canon Pixma MX350 network printer but not to the Brother MFC-5860CN or Lexmark Platinum Pro 900 printers on my network.
SwiftKey 3 - Type 30% faster. SwiftKey predicts your next word as you type. Purchase for $3.99.
OfficeSuite - View Word, Excel, PPT, PDF and ZIP documents. Creating new documents requires a paid upgrade.
SignEasy Trial version 2.1.1 - Electronically sign documents easily and securely.
SignEasy Pro- version 2.1.1 - Electronically sign documents easily and securely requires a purchase of $14.99 for the Pro features. Visit their website and take the Product Tour.
Jump Desktop - Access your computer remotely and enjoy the freedom of working anywhere. Visit their website to find out more.
PayAnywhere - Accept credit card payments on your tablet or phone. See details online. Requires registration. There's no monthly fee. You pay 2.69% per swipe using the PayAnywhere Credit Card Reader purchased from Amazon. The Amazon listing says you will receive a $10 credit upon activation which will be applied to your PayAnywhere account so the $10 cost of the card reader is essentially nothing.
StartMeeting - Personal Conference Call Bridge and Free Webinar Viewer See more online.
When I first attempted to use the CloudLink apps on the tablet, I had to setup an account online and wait for a subsequent email to verify the account. I waited a while but that email never arrived. I requested the email be sent again, multiple times but still no luck. By this time it was almost midnight on a Saturday but I left an email for CloudLink's Support. Much to my amazement, I received a very quick email response. The problem was fixed by the next morning and I was officially able to login and use the CloudLink apps on my tablet. CloudLink provides great customer support. Visit them online to find out more.
Anyone who has ever used a tablet computer knows that occasionally it's necessary to use the reset button to get around a locked up application. All previous Nextbooks that I've used have had that little pinhole on the back of the tablet for the reset button. I looked all over this Nextbook and could find no reset button. I contacted Technical Support via email to ask about the absence of a reset button. In just a few hours I received a response with the explanation that the Premium HD series no longer uses a reset button. Instead, if the tablet locks up, just hold down the power button for a few seconds and the tablet will reboot. So far, I have not experienced any lockups to test this but that's a good thing. Also a good thing is the rapid response time to my support request. They've clearly taken significant steps to improve their support and response time. Should you need help with your Nextbook, they are ready to assist.
The Nextbook Premium8HD offers stunning screen resolution and color with plenty of memory, processing power and WiFi connectivity to make it an excellent choice for your mobile computing needs. Take pictures, read an eBook, play a game, check your email and more. Find new games, apps, books and more using the imbedded Google Play Store. What do you give someone who has everything? A Nextbook Premium HD tablet makes a great gift for Christmas or any other time of year.
The Nextbook Premium8HD (item# NX008HD8G) lists for $200 but is available at Walmart for about half that. The Nextbook Premium7HD (item# NX007HD8G) lists for about $150 and is available at Walmart for about $80. Find another retailer near you by visiting Nextbook's Where to Buy page. Visit Nextbook online to find out more about either product.