Walmart is a good place to buy commodities if you’re not too concerned about quality and low price is the common ground for shoppers. I came across a Walmart-inspired Nextbook, the 10.1 model with an Intel quad core Atom CPU (I didn’t know you could squeeze that many cores into that much cheap) that doubles as a touchscreen tablet with a detachable keyboard.
That’s what PC makers do that Apple cannot. Build cheap, disgustingly plastic devices which, someday soon, will be sold in Walmart’s checkout line in clear plastic blister packs hanging from the shelves.
Walmart is sufficiently proud of this little puppy that they use real words to describe it.
The Nextbook 10.1″ Tablet is everything you want in a Windows portable device. It’s ultra-fast with a 10.1″ IPS display with a detachable foldable POGO keyboard. This new Nextbook comes with a Quad-Core Intel Atom-based processor for optimal performance and the latest Microsoft Windows 8.1 Operating System. For full PC power and total portable fun, there’s nothing like a Nextbook 10.1″ Tablet. Touch, click or type-you choose what fits your style and activity. All the great apps you need are in the Windows Store, plus you can play Xbox games, music and videos. Use Skype to video chat, take notes with Office (Office 365 Personal 1 year included*), and get your photos and files from anywhere with OneDrive. Plus, with the hard shell POGO keyboard, you can now fold the tablet into the keyboard, like a laptop. This touchscreen notebook Intel Quad-Core 2-In-1 detachable will function as a tablet or laptop!
Since it comes with a one-year Office 365 Personal subscription which is worth about $79 at retail, that means the tablet-cum-notebook hybrid’s real price tag is $100.
How anemic is this little plastic critter compare to a base entry-level MacBook Air priced at $899. Let me count the ways.
It’s Atom vs. Core i5, 1GB of RAM vs. 4 GB RAM, 32GB storage vs. 128GB storage, 1280×800 screen resolution vs. 1366×768, and both have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, audio out, and the MacBook Air is slightly larger, but weighs less and gets better battery life. The Nextbook has dual cameras while MacBook Air has only one, but of higher quality.
The questions I have include the obvious. Do PC manufacturers make money at $179? How long will such a PC last (I get four to six years out of a Mac notebook, and they still work when I hand them down)?
The attractiveness is obvious, too. Price. Windows on a touch screen device used as a tablet is next to worthless, but I give kudos to Microsoft for trying to stuff Windows into a tablet medium. To be fair about the title above, Apple could make a Mac notebook and sell it for $179. But why? There’s no money to be made by shipping plastic which will be obsolete or break within a year, and how well does anything run with a lowly Atom CPU and 1GB of RAM.
Nextbook customers need to have very low expectations and even lower requirements for a notebook masquerading as a tablet.