You may be familiar with Cherrypal, maker of super-low-cost Android computers. They started out quite a while back with what was essentially a smartphone in a tiny box, and have since put together a couple netbooks, including one for $99. Well, they’re back with a new design, and surprise! It’s a tablet!
The Cherrypad seems to follow their long-standing design decision to make things as cheap as possible without compromising on quality. Well, without compromising any more than they have to, anyway.
It runs Android 2.1, with 2.2 coming before the end of the year, and unlike many other tablets, it has an Android-standard size and resolution, allowing it to access the Marketplace. It has a 7-inch display, 256MB of RAM, and promises 6-8 hours of battery life. It’s got a USB 2.0 port, headphone jack, and an SD card reader. The Samsung ARM11 chip actually is no slouch at 800MHz, they say it’ll even run 3D games. If only there were any worth playing on Android.
The case is aluminum and the thing weighs just over a pound. Really not bad at all for $188. If I thought any Android tablets were worth buying these days, I might recommend this one just because.