Next Tablet – the oddest product in tech history!
In one of the technology world’s oddest announcements, Next have announced they are releasing an Android tablet in time for the Christmas market.
Yes that’s Next, not NeXT – clothing not computing. While the idea of a NeXT tablet would no doubt get some ageing NeXTstep fans steaming up their glasses, this is a tablet from a clothing company so it’s not really going to be cutting edge geek-gear.
It does have in interesting spec though, with a nicely sized 10″ 1024 x 600 screen, 1 GHz CPU, Android 2.1, WiFi, 2 USB ports and 8GB internal memory (with an SD slot).
It’s biggest draw however is it’s price – £180 from Next’s website. This even price-matches those shady Chinese-made tablets you see on eBay, but with something of a more reliable guarantee backing it up.
It’s not all good though, as one may expect for a tablet under £200 – its biggest flaw is the resistive screen, so no iPad-like gliding over the screen here. The battery is also somewhat reduced to three hours but it’s still quite heavy, tipping the scales at nearly 700g.
Still, although the Next tablet may not stand up against the likes of the Apple iPad, Viewsonic Viewpad, Dell Streak or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, it’s good for the money and a pretty good bet for the tech-head in your life this Christmas.