Handson with eFun's Nextbook 7GP and 8GP budgetfriendly tablets

Not content with showing off its handy aPen Touch8 for those Windows 8 laptops which lack touch capabilities, eFun also let us play around a bit with two of its newest Nextbook tablets here at CES 2013. For starters, the 7GP, as its moniker would indicate, is a 7-inch (1024 x 600) slate that's sporting Android 4.1, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. The 8GP, on the other hand, is a tad bit larger than its sibling with an 8-inch, 1024 X 768 IPS display but boasts pretty identical internals, so essentially you'd be spending 40 more bucks for a little more screen real estate. Speaking of which, while one of the tablets biggest features could be their relatively small price tag, eFun kept emphasizing to us how it believes the fact that they are Google-certified is perhaps the most important thing -- and yes, the ability to have Mountain View's Play store is definitely worth mentioning.

Much to our disappointment, however, we weren't able to download any applications from Google Play or, for that matter, even browse the web, though that's not the company's fault, since having thousands of souls packed in a room makes for some very unreliable WiFi connectivity. Internet issues aside, both the 7GP and 8GP were rather smooth and quick when doing every-day tasks such as opening up apps and swiping between pages -- which is likely due to the pair feeding off of Google's Project Butter. Furthermore, were quite happy to find how thin-and-light the tablets are, with both Nextbooks being slightly thinner than something like, say, the Nexus 7 or the 7-inch Kindle Fire. All in all, eFun's 7GP and 8GP aren't too bad a choice for those looking to keep spending to a minimum, but at $130 and $170, respectively, there's no doubt that shelling out some extra cash can still get you much, much more bang for your buck elsewhere.

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eFun's Nextbook 7GP and 8GP