Review of the Nextbook Ares 8 Tablet 8" Quad-Core Android Tablet

Donald Pennington By Donald Pennington, 4th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It's time to gear those kids up for school again and, every household deserves to do so without going broke. Is the money you'll save on that Nextbook Ares 8 going to end in regret? Read on to find out.

Will the low price of the Nextbook Ares 8 be worth it?

As these reviews always begin, I needed a tablet. So, looking around, my attention was drawn to the price of the Nextbook Ares 8 Quad-Core Tablet I saw at my local electronics retailer.

I had heard of Next book before, with mixed reviews. Those who don't drive their machine too hard, seem to have no complaints. I asked my salesperson to give me their honest opinion and he said simply, "Not bad..." while also shooing me away from another brand with an even lower price.

Well, I figure I have a couple of weeks, so let's give this one a try. And I also want to share this with you.

Stats/features/bells/whistles:

The Nextbook Ares 8 has an Intel Atom processor Z3735G, Quad Core,
up to 1.83 GHz GPU processor.
The front camera does 0.3 megapixel images and the rear camera offers 2.0 megapixels.
There are 16 GB of onboard storage memory, expandable up to64 GB, via micro SD expansion, along with 1GB DDR3L of system memory.
The battery is a 3.8V Lithium battery.
It has a 3 axis G-sensor, is Wi-Fi enabled (802.11 b/g/n), has Micro HDMI and has Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
And, who could forget to mention, Android Lollipop. I believe it's the latest version, as of this review.
As for size, the Nextbook Ares 8 has dimensions of 8.19" by 4.88" by .34" and weighs only .85 lbs.

Price:

As for price, I won't complain. I paid under $80 USD before tax. You can hardly find anything under $80 USD anymore, as electronics go.

Looks:

I like the looks. Of course, tablets look futuristic and cool, anyway but these Nextbook Ares 8 come in either black, blue or red. I picked red. Red is awesome. I think this one looks great.

Functionality:

Here's where the rubber hits the road. How does it run? Well, thus far, it's fast enough. Videos run smoothly and pages load well. I don't game, so, I couldn't give an honest appraisal there.

The sound quality is okay but, of course, my ear buds are always preferable.

As well, I want to add, browser function seems a little slow.

Overall:

Overall, for those of us who just need a tablet to get us online and publishing, the Nextbook Ares 8 will likely do.

These would even likely suffice for a student using one in school but, I don't expect this brand to be the tablet of choice amongst the cute and fuzzy bunnies of high school social circles, anywhere.

I would, however, give one of these as a gift. They're great for movies, word processing and general surfing.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd give the Nextbook Ares 8 a 3.8

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Cheap Tablets, Next Book, Shopping, Tablet Reviews, Tablets

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Donald contributes to a variety of sites, networks, blogs, and other publications. He sometimes writes in the dark, but longs for the light.

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author avatar Feisty
5th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for the review of this tablet. I have two grandsons who are saving money to each buy their own tablet, so I'll share this review with them.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
5th Aug 2015 (#)

Great review.

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author avatar Papa KyKy
30th Aug 2015 (#)

Great review! Thanks for your contribution.

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