July 22, 2010 | by Chris Smith
It’s been a weird and somewhat welcomed phenomena with the current surge of larger and larger Android devices. The EVO was the first with a 4.3″ touchscreen that got some people wondering if it was too big. After playing with the device we found that 4.3″ in a sleek design may just be a sweet spot. Then there was the Dell Streak at 5″. Some screamed bloody murder that it was over the top while others accepted its massiveness. Today, we have finally seen the device that is just too big to be a phone but is a phone: the OlivePad.
Coming in with a massive 7″ capacitive 800×480 touchscreen, the OlivePad that is slated for India is just too big to be a phone but supports voice calls. You either have to have a massive head or use a Bluetooth headset (which it supports) to look normal using it. We have hit the point where it isn’t a question anymore of being “too big” or not.
Other than that, the OlivePad has some pretty impressive specs other than the older Qualcomm MSM7227 which is clocked around 600Mhz. It runs on GSM/WCDMA, includes a back 3MP camera, a front-facing camera, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, USB socket, WiFi, and a 3.5mm jack so you can rock out with your ridiculously large device. The OlivePad runs Android 2.1 and no mention of any updates. It will be priced around Rs.20000 to Rs.25000, which is around $425 to $530. No word if this thing will ever come to the US but there is some talk of Europe possibly receiving it in the future.
So, is this a tablet or a phone? A tablet, right?