October 7, 2010 | by Chris Smith
The Augen tablet soured people on the notion that someone could release a decent Android tablet for under $200. CherryPal has announced a new device that could offer consumers ”high quality, low-energy consuming and affordable personal computers.” The CherryPad is a 7-inch Android 2.1 tablet for $188.
The device’s specs are decent for the price; 7-inch resistive touchscreen “no stylus needed”, 800×480 widescreen resolution, 256Mb of RAM, 2GB of flash memory, Samsung ARM11 800Mghz processor, USB support, and WiFi support. The device comes with stock Android 2.1 Eclair with plans to upgrade to 2.2 and the company claims the device can get around 6-8 hours of battery life per charge. Not to shabby.
Something of major importance and also that is somewhat confusing is that the device description says that the Android Market will be available on the device. If this comes to fruition it means that Google had to have give the CherryPad its “blessing” to include official Google apps.
One huge drawback that I see with this device is the lack of a capacitive touchscreen. Resistive technologies are dated and really don’t work that well. But does the addition of a capactive screen instead of resistive really make a huge price difference in a product? My thoughts are that it has to, otherwise manufacturers would be creating these low cost devices with better, proven technologies. The performance of this device may in fact be good with the processor and the amount of memory included, but that screen technology is a major pain point.
Anyways, if you are looking for a dirt cheap Android tablet with the Android market and apps, this thing is pretty hard to beat. It looks like the company is taking pre-orders now so you may want to head-on over and beat the stampede.