Nextbook presenting a new affordable Ares tablet at CES

by: John DyeDecember 30, 2015
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The Nextbook Ares Android tablet line will see a new arrival at CES 2016 this January. Nextbook has announced that the Ares 11A will be an 11.6” ‘2-in1 model’ that will feature a detachable keyboard. The device will run Lollipop out of the box and sports 2 gigs of RAM strapped to a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor. The best part about it? The price tag is only $219.99.

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This successor to the Ares 11 is looking to position itself as combination work-and-play tool. The affordable price and mid-range specs make it seem like an excellent pick for a secondary device, and the detachable keyboard means you can actually use this Android tablet to get some serious work done. The keyboard will also serve the role of expanding the tablet’s capabilities by bringing aboard 2 USB ports. The tablet itself will have a miniHDMI, a micro USB, and a microSD port. As far as storage space is concerned, the Ares 11A will have 64GB of onboard storage, but you can expand this via microSD to a maximum of 128GB.

With tablets and crossover devices like the Ares 11A becoming more and more popular with away-from-desk workers and more casual game and ebook lovers alike, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see more and more keyboardized tablets on the market. What are your thoughts regarding Nextbook’s newest device? Are those mid-range specs enough bang for 220 bucks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Fabian Taveras

    Sounds like a good bang for the buck. I’m interested in seeing how good the Intel chip on that tablet is.

  • John Matthews

    eh…nextbooks aren’t very good.

  • Moose05

    Not with lollipop on it. Everything else seems ok.

  • Johan

    What is the point of having a keyboard for an Android device?
    To make it a computer, on which you could do something productive?

    Before we can even begin to think of an Android device as such, Google needs to fix MOUSE COMPATIBILITY in Android and ALOT of apps for this concept to work (computer running Android). It is there natively, it just does not work well at all in many (if not most) cases.

    Hovering your hand in the air and pointing at a screen in front of you, while doing something productive (which can be many hours in a row), is just not ergonomically realistic.

    • Kawshik Ahmed

      Stock Android support mouse and it even have API by which developers could decide what will the right mouse click will do. But developers don’t use it because Google still doesn’t focus Android as a Desktop like OS.
      Because many people using Bluestack and other Android Emulator to run Android apps on Windows many people are already familiar how to run Android with mouse with no touch.
      And Android N may change current situation.

      • Johan

        I apologize in advance for the incoming wall of text. It kind of became a rant, as these issues are so extremely frustrating to me. Especially since many, if not most of them COULD be fixed quite easily.

        The biggest problem for me, so far, has been the scroll wheel implementation.

        In the “YouTube” app for example, when watching a video and having it minimized in the corner, you can use the scroll wheel to scroll through the description, comments, related videos, etc (just like on the desktop browser version). But you can’t use the scroll wheel anywhere else in the app and have to simulate a swipe by clicking and moving the mouse manually. Why implement it on some places, but not in others within the same app?

        Using the mobile version (unlike the tablet version) of the “YouTube” app is basically impossible with a mouse, if you have the screen in fixed landscape mode (which you want when using a device like this). At best you can you use it at the cost of losing some very basic features, like being able to see or write comments, see the descripition of the video, see or click on related videos, etc.
        To fix this I have to root my phone and get an app called “SecondScreen” (I am not religious, but may any potential superior being or beings bless the person who made this app), which I would almost call essential for being able to use an Android PHONE this way, as it can set it at another dpi and thus getting the tablet versions of some basic apps, amongst alot of other tweaks that help.

        To zoom in or out in “Maps” the intuitive way to do that, would be to just hover the cursor over where you want to zoom and scroll the mouse wheel (like it already does in the desktop browser version). In the app, however, to zoom in or out, you have to double click to hold and then manually move the mouse back and forth.

        Many apps also seem to have scroll function in menus, but not anywhere else where it might even matter more. Apps like “Feedly” for example, where you do ALOT swiping, would benefit greatly by scrolling with the mouse wheel, as manually swiping through page after page with the mouse is a pain. Yet, it HAS scroll function, but only in the menus where it does not matter nearly as much.

        I was not aware of the right button specifically being open for developers to assign which ever function they want. Is it only the right button?
        Because the standard layout is quite broken as it is on a 3 button mouse. Left=touch, right=back, scroll wheel button=home… but no button for recent apps. If you have a phone with hardware buttons, you will not have the option to click on any of the navigation buttons on screen. So it needs to be accessible with only the mouse buttons. For example, the lack of a way to reach recent apps with the mouse completely cripples all Samsung devices.
        I found a long way around that problem though.
        First you have to go into settings and clear all shortcuts from the navigation ring (the one that pops up when you long press the home button). Then you have to download an obscure little app (only has 1000 downloads as of now) called “Search 2 RecentApps” and sett it up to let a long press of the home button take you straight to recent apps. That way a long press of the mouse wheel does the same.
        This is the only app that I have found (and I was searching for a long time) that can do this.
        So I think it is quite safe to say that it with quite some margin would have the biggest ratio of severity of the issue it fixes, relative to the amount of downloads and recognition it has.

        However, now it seems Google wants the long press of the home button to become “Google Now on Tap”. If that feature can’t be disabled, then that work around will probably not work any more on Android 6.0 and forth…

        I am not sure I even want to imagine the amount of issus that will come if “force touch” or “3D touch” becomes a standard…
        Then we better hope for a quick adaption and production of Bluetooth mice with that function. But given that the selection of regular Bluetooth peripherals are just now starting to catch up, years after compatibility was introduced in Android (do not know when exactly, maybe it has always been there?). I would not hold my breath.

        Google does seem to want Android to be part of the computer market, with devices such a Pixel C being the latest indication of that. So like you said, Android N may change the current situation. Hopefully they will have more of this compatibility in mind when planing new features in the future.

        Again, sorry for the wall of text.

  • Dis

    Android software needs to catch up with consumer demands that the hardware makers are providing.