A California company called Cherrypal announced the availability of a new 7-inch Android tablet, while at the same time underscoring why Apple's going to have a tough time dominating the scene with its iPad well into the future. How so? Cherrypad's tablet costs $188, less than half the price of Apple's magical slate.
The two aren't really in the same category, of course, and Cherrypal acknowledges as much.
"The CherryPad America doesn't compete against the Apple iPad. The CherryPad addresses the sub-iPad market," said Cherrypal CTO Max Seybold.
With all due respect to Seybold, consumers will be the judge of whether or not the CherryPad, and other similar devices, compete against Apple's larger slate. With a 7-inch resistive touchscreen, 800MHz ARM11 processor, 256MB of DDR2 memory, and just 2GB of NAND flash memory, the CherryPad isn't a high-end device, but is it enough to sway users looking for a general purpose tablet? At less than 200 bones, there's a good chance it will find a few buyers.
For the sake of completeness, other specs include a microSD card slot, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, USB 2.0 (via external adapter), and optional external 3G modem.
Incidentally, we'll be receiving one of these in the Lab for a full-on review, so stay tuned.
The CherryPal could computer has been in and out of the ether for the past months, but finally the folks over at TG Daily can confirm that it exists. Sadly, while there were some good impressions, it’s clear that there’s plenty of work left to be done on this little black box.
First, let’s start with the good. The machine’s size is diminutive; they compare it to the size of an iPod. And what’s better is that it has zero moving parts, making it entirely silent. The default ports on the back of the box are a VGA monitor port, Ethernet, two USB ports and a headphone/speaker jack. Inside, it’s also got built in wireless card that picked up on their present wireless network effortlessly.
Now, it’s time for the all too dreaded bad. While the box is tiny, it’s also flimsy. The enclosure is nothing to be impressed with, and gave pretty cheap feel. And while this machine is meant for simple desktop functions, the Freescale 400MHz processor under the hood was barely able to do so. Firefox was consistently struggling to load, and it’d really only be manageable as a word processing machine . Also, you should note that you get zero extras with a machine of this size. No analog microphone port, no CD/DVD drive, and the two USB ports fill up pretty quick.
Overall, it sounds like a nice idea, but it looks very much like a rushed product. If you want to read the whole preview, be sure to check it out here!
Just how green can we make a PC? Pretty damn green, although the Cherrypal isn’t very pretty or particularly cheap, although $250 isn’t really bad as far as computers go.
On the technical side it can best be described as the 90 pound weakling. The CPU is a 400 MHz Freescale MPC5121e mobile GT triple-core processor, originally developed to run devices like navigation systems in cars. It has 256 MB DDR2 memory, 4 GB of NAND flash memory which contains a Debian Linux-based operating system and the Firefox web browser. It also sports 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, VGA out, and Audio out. It’s just enough to fulfill its purpose -cloud computing.
Basically it allows you to surf, email, watch YouTube, watch Flash animations, and create documents/spreadsheets. Something that does bother me is the claims that the device is secure, because it accesses the Internet through the Cherrypal Cloud. I don’t like that all my data goes through one company like that. There are also many “what ifs” to be answered on that point.
We’ll have to see how this compares to the netbooks when they are actually shipping, Netbooks after all at least look cool. From the picture the Cherrypal looks like a bar of black soap.