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Next launches Android tablet

Next launches Android tablet

The Android-powered Next 10" Tablet isn't as powerful as Apple's iPad - but it's significantly cheaper.

Since the launch of the iPad, tablets have become big business, and high street retailer Next is the latest to jump on the bandwagon with the imaginatively named Next 10" Tablet.

The Next 10" Tablet, you'll be amazed to hear, is a Next-branded tablet with a 10in screen - although we'll forgive the company the rounding error in its naming convention.

Running Google's Android 2.1, Next has confirmed that the device features a 1GHz ARM-based processor from LNX, 256MB of DDR2 RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card and an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connection. Interestingly, the company also promises compatibility with a wired network, through the purchase of an optional adaptor that connects to the device's single USB 2 port.

Disappointingly, the 10.1in panel is a resistive rather than capacitive touch-screen, so there's no multi-touch, although the 1,024 x 600 resolution stacks up well against the iPad. Sadly, the battery life doesn't, offering a mere three hours compared to the iPad's ten.

The Next 10" Tablet is pretty slim, measuring 270mm x 179mm x 16mm, but tips the scales at a whopping 695g - slightly heavier than the WiFi-only version of the iPad.

While it's a shame that Next - or, more accurately, whichever unidentified manufacturer created the rebranded device - opted to cut a few corners and neglected to install the latest version of Android, there's one killer feature that Next has definitely right: the price.

Retailing for just £180 and available now from the Next website, it might not be as snazzy as the iPad, but it is significantly cheaper.

Do you think this kind of low-cost device can steal some market share away from the iPad, or has Next completely missed the point of why Apple's premium device is so popular? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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danielg 30th September 2010, 10:45 Quote
oh!, that Next!.
liratheal 30th September 2010, 11:14 Quote
I... Actually want one of those.
licenced 30th September 2010, 11:17 Quote
And here we go. Get ready for a slew of this type of thing. They may be cheap, but there'll always be a reason and if people come away dissatisfied due to cut corners such as old versions of Android or poor screens, Apple will only win.
javaman 30th September 2010, 11:33 Quote
Can bit tech review it? If its good for video and games all could be forgiven tho I doubt it will be stellar.
Tangster 30th September 2010, 11:43 Quote
Battery life kills it, just as a bad battery life on any product designed for portability would ruin the product. This would be a serious competitor if the battery life was 5+ hours, so at least a long commute, lunch break and commute back and some extra.
Mongwopman 30th September 2010, 12:09 Quote
Bah! Pads......whats the point really?
eddtox 30th September 2010, 12:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
The Next 10" Tablet, you'll be amazed to hear, is a Next-branded tablet with a 10in screen - although we'll forgive the company the rounding error in its naming convention.
My brain hurts :(
As has already been said, 3 hours battery life is fail.
l3v1ck 30th September 2010, 12:19 Quote
I'll stick to my smart phone thanks.
I still can't see the point of these things.
DriftCarl 30th September 2010, 12:22 Quote
the battery life may suck, but it would actually be a great piece of kit to mod into a touch screen device in your home that is always powered. For example controling your media from a modded coffee table.
Silver51 30th September 2010, 12:28 Quote
Dudey109 30th September 2010, 12:28 Quote
This can only be a good thing, creating more competition in the tablet market brings prices down across the board.
I'm waiting for a Window 7 tablet at a price point similar to this :D
(Wishful thinking?)
Parge 30th September 2010, 13:39 Quote
This is the first tablet that totally appeals to me!

Such a shame about the battery life. 5 hours minimum would be ideal!
Parge 30th September 2010, 13:41 Quote
also its a rebadged Elonex eTouch allegedly
eddtox 30th September 2010, 14:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DriftCarl
the battery life may suck, but it would actually be a great piece of kit to mod into a touch screen device in your home that is always powered. For example controling your media from a modded coffee table.

Hmm... you might be on to something there :D
steveo_mcg 30th September 2010, 14:17 Quote
Any one know if the life is poor because of the components being high drain or the battery being low capacity?
sear 30th September 2010, 15:04 Quote
Low battery and no multitouch = killing blows. Cheap, but there comes a certain point where cheap just isn't worth reduced functionality or miserable build quality.
War-Rasta 30th September 2010, 15:45 Quote
I once saw a guy that put an iPad into a car and I've been wanting to do the same ever since. This would be a great device for such a thing, just like the coffee table idea.
Plugs 30th September 2010, 16:06 Quote
Next?... is that not a bit random? have they ever released (rebranded) anything before?
Phil Rhodes 30th September 2010, 16:15 Quote
I've always wanted to get a retail unit adjacent to a Next and call it "previous".
SteveU 30th September 2010, 17:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Plugs
Next?... is that not a bit random? have they ever released (rebranded) anything before?

They've got to start somewhere and what better than a cheap as chips Android tablet? Stack em high and price em low, works (almost) every time!
Flibblebot 30th September 2010, 17:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Plugs
Next?... is that not a bit random? have they ever released (rebranded) anything before?
Yes, Next have sold Oregon Scientific stuff as "boys toys" for years, especially round Christmas.

Nice to see other companies get in on the whole slate thing, but the downsides on this one outweigh the positives. I'd rather have something with proper multitouch, a proper version of Android and proper battery life than buy something like this - even if it is half the price of an iPad.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 30th September 2010, 18:15 Quote
The ipad isn't really that great but since it will be compared to a bunch of cost cutting and shortcut taking efforts like this, Apple is free to milk the ipad for the next ten years by adding one new feature every other year just like the iphone.

I hope the Asus EEE pad 10" and 12" version arrive with better quality and more features as I'm looking for a slate device that can seriously multitask while doing video chat.
samkiller42 30th September 2010, 18:30 Quote
This isn't going to effect iPad sales what so ever. Apple have no reason at all to be bothered.

Sam
hyperion 30th September 2010, 18:41 Quote
^^You could make a device twice as good and half as expensive as an iPad and it still wouldn't affect iPad sales.
Jehla 30th September 2010, 18:44 Quote
Brilliant device! I really don't think people (the general public) will care/ notice the short comings compared to the iPad. but rather notice in a big way that it's half the price.

Also I'm pretty sure this is the only other device in the 10" slate market that I can go into a shop and buy.
Snips 30th September 2010, 19:12 Quote
It's only £180 so what do you expect? At least they haven't gone for the rip off version like Apple always do, which is a surprise since Next do charge a fortune for some of their clothing.

Maybe other brand versions will be cheaper.
Unicorn 30th September 2010, 19:14 Quote
Eww... sounds cheap. Not sure I'd go for that tbh.
yodasarmpit 30th September 2010, 19:30 Quote
This is just the first step, just like when the netbook wars kicked off.
Looking forward to seeing a lot more competition in this market soon.
frenchscottie 30th September 2010, 20:03 Quote
Wonder when M&S will bring one out. I'ts sure to be good, expensive but better than the rest. lol
Unicorn 30th September 2010, 20:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by frenchscottie
Wonder when M&S will bring one out. I'ts sure to be good, expensive but better than the rest. lol

This is not just a smart tablet, this is an M&S smart tablet.

Oh lord
samkiller42 30th September 2010, 21:26 Quote
Unicorn. Parker has your coat and has the car waiting outside... haha

Sam
eddtox 30th September 2010, 22:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
I've always wanted to get a retail unit adjacent to a Next and call it "previous".

And stock all of Next's last season stuff ??:P
Sea Shadow 1st October 2010, 01:00 Quote
For the money I would rather get one of the Archos android tablets, but then again that is just me.
modfx 2nd October 2010, 11:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
I've always wanted to get a retail unit adjacent to a Next and call it "previous".

:D
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