Cherrypal, the company based out of California and best known for their low cost computer manufacturing abilities, has found a new and perhaps the most obvious avenue to channel their expertise – developing tablet PCs. Of course it does make sense to develop tablets now that the once dormant mobile computing segment has now been revived, the credit for which goes completely to Apple whose brilliant iPad has held the entire segment almost entirely to itself even since its launch several months back. And it’s only been natural for others to jump into the fray hoping to get a share of the lucrative pie. And Cherrypal is the latest addition to the great tablet race.
Also, when it’s about tablets, the Google’s open source mobile operating system Android seems to be the first choice among tablet manufacturers so far, with Cherrypal too giving in to the trend. The end result, we have the ‘CherryPad’ – one more tablet to run the Android OS, one more to have the ‘Pad’ as the suffix and one more that’s not shy to play the price game, priced as it is at a quite affordable $188. All reason enough to explore the device a bit more.
First up, the CherryPad is in the 7 inch category, with a 7 inch 800 × 480 resolution resistive touch widescreen display making up the front of the device. At its core, the CherryPad has a Samsung ARM11 processor clocking in at 800 MHz along with 256 MB DDR2 RAM. Storage capacity of the CherryPad amounts to 2 GB of NAND Flash though this can be built upon further by way of MicroSD cards.
Wireless capability of the CherryPad includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g while there also exists the option to go for an external 3G modem. The device also boasts of an integrated gravity sensor while providing power to the device is a 3200 MAH battery. However, there’s no word yet as to how long the battery is good enough for on a single charge.
The port story of the CherryPad comprises of USB 2.0 supported by an external adapter, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, integrated speakers, a microphone, and a DC out. All of these has been packed into a robust aluminum frame that does exude an air of rigidity though it still weighs a quite comfortable 1.1 pounds.
However, while the CherryPad does not run the latest Android 2.2 Froyo (it comes pre-loaded with Android 2.1), one can still have reasons to cheer as Cherrypal claims its CherryPad tablet will have complete and unrestricted access to the official Android Market, something that many a big name in the industry can’t boast of. Also, Cherrypas has stated the upgrade to the latest Android Froyo will be provided towards the end of the year.
Another great aspect of the CherryPad is that the tablet is already on sale right now via online retailer Zecozi throughout the US of A. Each of the CherryPad sold is covered by a 1 year replacement warranty while buyers will also get their entire money back should they’d like to return the device back with 30 days.