Since Apple released the iPad there’s been a number of companies and manufacturers throw their hats into the ring and declare themselves a part of the big tablet PC war but if you were to choose the next big name to announce a new release you probably wouldn’t guess at high street chain Next.
You might have plumped for Facebook getting in on the action following the rumours surrounding the Facebook phone. You might have even said Amazon because they’re seemingly trying to get a piece of pretty much every pie going. Heck, even HMV would have been a more realistic bet – they’re facing some fairly major problems, share prices have plummeted and they seem to be banking on the HMVDigital download marketplace to drag them out of the creek but, seriously, Next?
Well, believe it or not, it’s true and bizarrely it actually has something going for it too – namely the very low £180 price tag. In anything other than weird branding and product crossover, as well as the vaunted price tag, it’s not really all that ground breaking.
However, it is a rather reasonable 10 inch tablet, it offers a 1.0GHz processor, and it packs 236MB RAM and 8GB of internal memory. It’s also sporting an Android operating system, although unfortunately it’s only 2.1 and there’s no news as to whether it will happily upgrade to the 2.1 FroYou OS. However, did we mention that it’s only £180?
The biggest drawback about it isn’t the size of the processor or the slightly diminutive memory but it’s the fact that it only offers around 3 hours in battery life so while you can use it while you’re on the go, you won’t be going for long.
We know there’s plenty of people out there that would buy a pair of Apple branded socks but would you want a Next branded tablet PC?