The battery life of a tablet is one of the biggest factors you have to consider when selecting a tablet device and the best in the business is good for no more than half a day of run time. Tablets can be a great companion just about anywhere, but not for camping holidays where you are away from charging facilities for days. It’s here that the Earl fits in. The creation of a Seattle based company Squigle, the Earl’s claim to fame is its around 20 hours of battery time. What’s even better is that the tablet also includes a solar panel that can charge the device in 5 hours.
While fascinating, there is no new breakthrough technology in use here to produce the best battery backup times. The Earl’s secret of the 20+ hours of battery times is its 6 inch front-lit E Ink display sourced from LG. Another cool aspect of the tablet is its IR touch array that allows for the tablet to be operated even with gloves on. Also, the tablet is unlike any other on the market, what with its 0.6 inch thick covering that is water and mud resistant. The tablet lacks an integrated camera, though.
The Earl boasts of the usual connectivity options of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. The tablet will also tune in to AM and FM radio once completed. Also, to live up to its claims of being a true “backcountry survival tablet,” Earl will also come pre-loaded with a 100,000 topographic maps of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The tablet runs a customized version of Android 4.1 operating system.
However, these features are still in the developmental stages and the Earl’s makers are looking for a $250k funding to ensure the tablet enters the production line and debuts in the market, where it’s expected to be priced $249. If it indeed comes together, you will have the goodness of both an e-reader and a tablet without having to recharge so frequently.