First and foremost let me assure you that I have had my run of cheap Tablets that would, after moderate use, fall apart in a short span of time. I’ve watched my children utterly put cheap tablets to shame, as very few would survive more than a few weeks without something malfunctioning or falling apart due to poorly made components. Then again, us grown-ups are quite harsh on devices, we buy cheap hoping the device could withstand a bullet, unfortunately, there are some sayings that resonate regardless – “You get what you pay for”.
In very rare occasions you discover a hidden gem, a device with all the features you desire aligned perfectly with your budget. For me, the device of choice just so happens to be the Nextbook Ares 8″ 16GB Tablet, featuring an Intel Atom Z3735G Quad-Core Processor — available strictly at Walmart or Amazon. So why have I deemed this as the best budget Android tablet under $100? Continue reading to find out more.
Nextbook Ares 8 Review:
Quality and durability
The Nextbook 8 is surprisingly a very well constructed tablet. The device feels sturdy and solid when held in my hands unlike other cheap tablets that feel as if they would fall apart if you handled it the wrong way. The item comes equipped the following ports: Mico HDMI, Mini USB, Headphone, and Mico SD card slots. The ports are very sturdy and don’t feel flimsy and loose like other cheap tablet brands. The LCD is very solid but seems to attract finger prints, and the screen glare is very annoying on sunny days.
The design is simple, nothing flashy. All the buttons and ports are located on the top right of the tablet, which takes some getting used to, but it isn’t a deal breaker. Internal speakers are tucked in on the lower rear of the Nextbook 8, and the 8 inch screen takes up most space on the front of the device. Overall, design doesn’t seem to be an issue with the Nextbook 8, as its compact and arguably one of the easiest tablets to transport.
The Nextbook 8 comes equipped with Android Lollipop 8 OS and a slew of bloatware you will quickly find yourself uninstalling. The Intel Quad Core processor provides the speed and ease to run multiple applications at will, unfortunately, this device is more efficient when rooted. The 16GB of internal memory is just enough to install a few apps, but don’t kid yourself by not purchasing at least a 32GB micro SD card — you wont regret it. The Nextbook also comes equipped with a front facing and rear camera, neither of which would you find much use for.
Although equipped with sub-par cameras and speakers, the Nextbook 8 is a beast at running applications, playing 3D games, surfing the web, streaming videos, and playing music via the headphones port.
If you’re expecting this device to compare to a Galaxy Tablet or an Ipad, don’t kid yourself. The Nextbook 8 is great for practical use and as a travel companion to keep you entertained, connected, and updated. Overall, its arguably the best device for someone on a budget looking for a tablet to perform the simple things.
Overall, you won’t be disappointed with this device.
Specs – Nextbook Ares 8″ 16GB Tablet
- 8″ inch High-resolution 800 x 1280 IPS Screen
- Intel® Atom™ Quad-Core /1.8GHz
- 1GB DDR3L; 16GB onboard storage
- WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Front facing 0.3 MP camera
- Back facing 2.0 MP camera
- Micro HDMI Port
- Micro-SD card slot for expansion to 64GB
- Support 3 -axis G-sensor
- Built-in microphone
- Charging indicator light
- Android OS 5.1 Lollipop