Android tablets are dime a dozen but none perhaps have been made for women in general and ‘young housewives’ in particular, something that finds mention in their press release. And who better to fill the void than the famed Italian design house Alessi who have been adding glamor and trendsetting style to kitchens and dining rooms and the like – areas where marketing strategies target women the most. Not to mention each of their wares are a unique style statement of their own.
And when the same company decides to test waters in the hotly contested tablet segment, one can only expect things to be as beautiful yet functional and versatile as is the case with each of the products bearing the Alessi tag. Which it sure is, and how! For the Alessi tablet is as sleek as it is simple in looks. Although it can also be mistaken as a digital photo-frame, something that is reinforced more by its somewhat odd angular shape which makes it more suited on table and countertops than to pockets and bags.
The result of a partnership between Alessi and Promelit and the culmination of the design efforts of Stefano Giovannoni, the AlessiTab means a ‘tablet’, ‘slab’ or ‘small table’. Also, the AlessiTab is not about just external elegance but also of substance of equal measure, packed as it is with some of the most state-of-the-art features.
Alberto Alessi, President of Alessi s.p.a. has this to say of the android tablet: “This brand new product type enriches what we like to call the “Alessi Encyclopaedia” in a very contemporary product area.”
As for President of Promelit, Danilo Marchiori states: “The idea was to develop a contemporary instrument such as the Tablet, but to use it in another way, turning it into the focal point of advanced household communications in the third millennium. We believe that this product, more than any other and perhaps uniquely, perfectly summarizes technology and our attachment to our homes.”
Zeroing in on the tablet, a 10.1 inch HD screen incorporating capacitive touchscreen technology is the highlight of the tablet made all the more versatile with the built-in gravitational sensor that can rotate images 180 degrees. On the inside, there is a gig of RAM, an integrated front-facing camera and microphone, an USB port as well as an SD card reader that will let you enhance the default storage capacity even more. Operating system the the AlessiTab is the Google’s Android which is fast tuning out to be the standard OS for tablet though the version is the slightly outdated 2.1 iteration.
For connecting to the outside world, the AlessiTab comes equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connection while there is also a DVB-T with antenna included that will enable the tablet to pick up real time news, weather reports, recipes, or internet radio. What’s more, the AlessiTab will also perfectly equipped to make video calls or watch digital TV broadcasts. Also, the AlessiTab boasts of HD support with HDMI output and derives its power from a rechargeable battery though it’s not known how long the battery can provide the juice.
However, there are three key things that have not been disclosed, the primary of which is the processor that powers the AlessiTab. The other details that have not been made public are the launch dates and the price details, though we can expect the latter to be on the higher side given that Alessi products does not come cheap. For reference: a Alessi teapot costs $150.