At Web 2.0 Expo 2010 couple weeks back, I had the chance to review one of the very first iPad-like Android Tablet prototypes from Adobe. I was really impressed how well Adobe’s flash and air products ran on the device.
This 10-inch iPad-like device will be coming very soon, perhaps at the end of June (from an unknown company). Of course, there’s a 7-inch Android Tablet device you can get right now (that I actually pre-ordered and it’s coming in the mail like in 2 days) called Archos 7. Archos 7 doesn’t run Android 2.1 like this prototype does but I imagine it would be pretty easy to upgrade to 2.1 eventually.
Here’s some pictures for your viewing pleasure:
The Android Tablet I reviewed at Web 2.0 Expo played back YouTube flash videos flawlessly, this is flash btw, not HTML5.
Okay, it’s still a “prototype”, the final version should be very, very thin, perhaps thinner than an iPad.
Here’s Adobe demo-ing their Adobe Air running multi-touch gestures flawlessly on the Android Tablet prototype.
Wired’s Android Tablet app is used for this demo.
Looking at the back, this Android Tablet prototype uses NVidia’s Tegra 2 chip, which is going to be powering a “slew” of Android tablets coming out at the end of the year including from Verizon/Google.
Home screen of the Android Tablet prototype, isn’t this thing beautiful?
Couple things this Android Tablet does that iPad can’t, USB and ethernet ports (meaning you can connect your USB devices without having to pay big dollars for an adaptor like an iPad), and does Adobe Flash and Air (no more broken flash sites). I know the web is slowly moving to HTML5 eventually but I don’t want to have to miss out on all flash.
More pics of the Android Tablet prototype.
Mike at Adobe, trying to hide the WiFi antenna on the “prototype”.
Also see hands-on review videos of the Android Tablet Prototype: