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  #1479894 27-Jan-2016 15:12
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Just measure the outside diameter of it, the small sizes seem to only have one inside diameter for each outside one.





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  #1479907 27-Jan-2016 15:20
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tchart:

 

I have a "Late 2014" Nextbook like this but it only has 1GB of memory and the previous gen CPU.

 

I mostly use it to watch Netflix, browse (using Edge) and its fine for that. It originally came with Windows 8.1 but I've upgraded to 10. It plays the Windows Store version of Minecraft beautifully.

 

I did see this "no brand" one in the Warehouse the other day and the build quality was sub-par compared to the Nextbook (if you can believe that). The screen attachment mechanism seemed flaky and the trackpad was very hard to click accurately. On the plus size it does have a full size USB port (compared to mine which just has a mini USB port).

 

If I was to buy another cheap 2-in-1 I'd get another Nextbook (PB Tech has them on sale every now and then).

 

PS Ive seen the Nextbook as low as $250 at various sales. The new one is a bit more expensive.

 

 

 

 

 

Nextbook has been a little crappy in the past. But there have been some more solid releases recently. Of course, never anything impressive specwise. But the builds recently have been okay. 





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  #1479910 27-Jan-2016 15:26
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Did they actually do that thing in windows 10 where small screen devices had the non-tablet mode removed? Im looking at replacing my HP stream 7 with something less crap, but if a new 7" will not have desktop mode then will not bother.





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  #1479911 27-Jan-2016 15:26
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Batwing: If it's the same one they had on sale over Christmas, there's some fine print saying it's manufactured specifically for the warehouse somewhere on the box (I was trying to find some branding).

Looked like a decent deal for the specs

 

Very doubtful. There are chinese companies that produce unbranded tablets etc for other companies, and add logo's etc. That's more likely. 





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  #1479915 27-Jan-2016 15:28
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It would be manufactured with their logo, an appropriate AC adapter packed at the factory and a piece of paper with the warehouses number for "support" put into the box.





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  #1479918 27-Jan-2016 15:29
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richms:

 

Did they actually do that thing in windows 10 where small screen devices had the non-tablet mode removed? Im looking at replacing my HP stream 7 with something less crap, but if a new 7" will not have desktop mode then will not bother.

 

 

IDK. I did hear that same thing, that less than 8 inch tablets would be windows 10 mobile rather than desktop. In practice I have no idea- none of the manufacturers I supply or look to supply are doing new windows seven inch tablets any more, eight is the minimum. Seven was never a popular size for windows tablets anyway - little too cramped. There was a while where they were something everyone was doing. But seven inch ones pretty much are dead now. Just get an eight inch, it still can be held comfortably in one hand. 





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  #1479924 27-Jan-2016 15:43
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Thanks I'll have a look. 

 

The apparent problem: the power tip is not one I've seen before- VERY small.
If I had a spare power adaptor I'd cut the end off one and have a USB setup from it.

 

 

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-Quality-2-5mm-5V-2A-DC-USB-Power-Supply-Cable-Adapter-Tablet-Charger-For-Android/32603603254.html

 

99c - worth a punt that its the right size - was for my 2 junky 7" android tablets.

 

I have a couple of these in the car behind the dash for phones and stuff to charge - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1pc-DC-DC-Converter-Module-12V-To-5V-3A-15W-Duble-USB-Output-Power-Adapter-Newest/2013110832.html they dont have the resistors on them to make iDevices happy but seem to work well enough on my androids. Very low standby current so I have them on the permanant 12v line to the car stereo so I can leave a powerbank in the center console on charge when I am not in the car.





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  #1479944 27-Jan-2016 16:12
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With my Nextbook I bought a replacement adaptor off ebay, works okay but tip is not as tight as the original.

 

Surprisingly I had some old Xbox 360 battery packs that charged using a USB cable. These actually fit the Nextbook and work great. BTW I dont think the Android nextbooks take the same tip size from what Ive read, could be wrong though.


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  #1479973 27-Jan-2016 16:23
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jevvv:

 

 

 

For me there are two drawbacks:

 

1) it isn't light. I guess the upside to that is it feels reasonably robust

 

2) it has a proprietary charge "port" and can only be wall charged. For me the issue is that I use it on the boat and charge stuff there using an accessory plug. This requires the inverter which drains boat battery much faster than the accessory plug. 

 

 

 

 

Agree with that.

 

As per my other comment I don't think the new ones are made by Nextbook and IMHO they aren't as well built. Go to Noel Leeming and look for yourself, they are selling both I believe.


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  #1479980 27-Jan-2016 16:27
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 32 GB of internal storage is tiny, and not sure if you can install apps on a addon card. Once you have the OS, all the updates, and a few apps, you will be filling that quickly. My windows rt tablet almost fills 32GB from just the standard apps and install, although that also has office 2013 on it.


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  #1479992 27-Jan-2016 16:35
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you get what you pay for, don't expect an amazing high end PC

 

 

 

Personally I think they are good value for money for what they are, but I'd be importing one myself from overseas and cutting out the middle man.  You can save yourself a bit off the retail price.

 

 

 

They're targeting end users who see a cheap tablet and buy it, not geeks like us


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  #1479993 27-Jan-2016 16:36
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Dreal:

 

richms:

 

Did they actually do that thing in windows 10 where small screen devices had the non-tablet mode removed? Im looking at replacing my HP stream 7 with something less crap, but if a new 7" will not have desktop mode then will not bother.

 

 

IDK. I did hear that same thing, that less than 8 inch tablets would be windows 10 mobile rather than desktop. In practice I have no idea- none of the manufacturers I supply or look to supply are doing new windows seven inch tablets any more, eight is the minimum. Seven was never a popular size for windows tablets anyway - little too cramped. There was a while where they were something everyone was doing. But seven inch ones pretty much are dead now. Just get an eight inch, it still can be held comfortably in one hand. 

 

 

 

 

All Windows 10 PCs still have a desktop, including these


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  #1480005 27-Jan-2016 16:46
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nathan:

 

All Windows 10 PCs still have a desktop, including these

 

 

What about the smaller pocket sized ones?





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These look to be targeted towards school pupils. They look ok for what they are, but the thing is many schools will say it's not an ipad. Some schools seem to require actual ipads. There are apps for windows 10, but nowhere near as many as there are for ipads. The benefit with these are that you should be able to run office and attach a keyboard and mouse (at least I presume you can). Not sure if they have video out, to output to a monitor and have dual screen.

 

But I don;t think kids would consider them to be a cool device like an ipad air 2. They will be seen as the person who has the fat tablet with the thick bezel. But they are more of a productivity tablet than an ipad is. 


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  #1480113 27-Jan-2016 18:03
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Where my mum teaches, they promote laptops and hybrids over tablets because keyboard. Some people are just enamoured with apple, and that carries into school policies sometimes. But it's silly because apple is highly proprietory - they don't work well with windows networks for example. They are expensive. Those two things make them a terrible byod option. Samsung is even more proprietary than I'd like personally. 

 

As for apps on windows, there are loads of them - full applications. The right screen size and interface resizing, and you don't need touch optimized 'apps', you can use more powerful software with real funding rather than $1 app store + advertising level of funding (which are buggy have compatibility issues and are poorly written). I mean the stores are handy for social networking apps, and some specialist functions sure (maps, or similar) - but they also fall well short of what full applications are capable of. 

 

Try writing a song for example, or you ipad/android, versus a windows tablet. Or doing video editing. Running a database (not that I would do any of those on a baytrail ideally). Still primarily touch based apps will come about eventually for windows. Give it two years. Even my mum prefers windows on a tablet, lol. 

 

This tablet. Yeah, for students. Strangely hybrids and tablets still haven't caught on as much here in NZ, laptops are still the favour. Which is odd next to overseas trends. Then again looking at the price of an ipad or a surface...is it surprising things are still slow...





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