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Nextbook Premium8se review



Small form factor Android tablets usually come with older versions of the Android software, such as Honeycomb or Gingerbread. But not the Nextbook Premium8se. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a somewhat unconventional 8-inch touchscreen display. In a sea of mid-range 7-inchers, it may at first seem like a breath of fresh air. But while it does indeed bring a few noteworthy things to the table, it’s clear that the manufacturer had to cut some corners in order to deliver it to market.

First of all, the Premium8se’s screen features a native resolution of 800x600 pixels. This might have been fine if it had a 5-inch screen or smaller, but it doesn’t look quite right on an 8-inch panel. There’s also the fact that its default operating system has been optimized to work best on HD resolution displays, which just underscores the Premium8se’s failure to reach its full potential.

And the letdown with the screen is just the beginning. It comes equipped with a lowly 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU and 512MB RAM. Its internal storage space is also limited to 4GB. In other words, it houses lackluster internals, and at this point it may seem questionable whether it is really fit to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or not. It does come with other standard Android tablet features, though, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD card support, and microUSB connectivity. It even has a built-in VGA camera.

At the end of the day, you want a tablet that can give you the standard Android treatment. Unfortunately for the Premium8se, that target is nigh unreachable. It can give you a taste of the digital lifestyle with Android, for sure, but as most reviewers will tell you, your money will be much better spent on something else.

Need to Know: Nextbook Premium8se

1. Built-in wired and wireless features make this a well-connected mobile device. (The Good)

2. Default software is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)

3. Low-resolution touchscreen display. (The Bad)

4. Weak battery with under 5 hours of Web surfing time on Wi-Fi. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
8"
Camera
Yes



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Screen Size
8"

The Nextbook Premium8se's screen size is 8 inches with 800 x 600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Cortex A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4200mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4200 mAh battery. E Fun's performance ratings are 5 days standby time, 5 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Nextbook Premium8se Specs

Overview
Release date April 2, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortex A8 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Carrying case, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 5 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 5 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 cm (6.1 x 8.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 485 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 800 x 600 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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