Those who take pride in their cloning skills have found themselves something new to work on. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the favorite until now, the Apple iPad, seems to be relegated to the back seat for the moment. Also, the iPad has already been cloned extensively so that there perhaps is no other fresh way to present an iPad clone tablet PC any more. That does not seem to be a problem as the Galaxy Tab presents a more exciting proposition, something that’s still fresh with almost no precedence in the tablet sphere till now.
The tablet being talked about is the APAD IMX515 G10 and, if you haven’t yet guessed it right, it has its origin in China. However, this time, it’s not a pure cloning job in that the APAD sports a 10 inch display whereas the original Galaxy Tab is well known with its 7 inch touch screen interface. Everything else though bears a striking similarity with the Galaxy Tab. For instance, there is the same angular and rounded edges, the same layout of the characteristic Android buttons with even the buttons too looking exactly the same with the only exception being that of the home button that sports a different design.
However, the similarities and all the talk of cloning dissipates once you penetrate the skin. For beneath the outer familiar (plasticity) shell reveals an altogether different story. The processor is a less powerful 800MHz Freescale i.MX515 chip mated to a 512MB RAM while on board storage amounts to 4GB. However, there also exists a few similarities as well, like the APAD also runs the Android 2.2 Froyo, while on-screen resolution is also the same at 1024 x 600 pixels. However, the display quality can’t be expected to be the same as the APAD is all of 10 inches in comparison to the Galaxy Tab’s 7 inch display. Price, as is known until now, will be below the $200 dollar mark and will begin shipping in the domestic market before it makes its international foray. If it ever does, that is.
Also if cloning of a product can be taken as a gauge to estimate the popularity of the product, then what can be definitely said is that the Galaxy Tab has indeed arrived. Or its further proof of the popularity of the Samsung tablet.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email