The Fusion Garage Grid10 tablet has quite a few things working against it. First of all, it’s from Fusion Garage, which has had a spotty history in its releases. Second, the market is a bit crowded. There are a lot of tablets in the market and there are even more coming. However, Fusion Garage is betting that the features that the Grid10 has will be enough to set it apart from the crowd. Third is the price point. HP tried to break in its Touchpad at $499 – and Fusion Garage is doing the same. Is it too expensive for what it delivers?
Well, you should be able to see if the Grid10 will be worth your money. CNET has managed to get a hands-on of the product. If you want to see the entire video, better head on over to CNET to see exactly what this baby can do.
As you can see, it looks pretty smooth. It should considering it has a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1.2GHz processor backed by 512MB of RAM powering it. The initial storage capacity is set at 16GB, but this can be expanded using microSD cards. The screen has a whopping 1366×768 resolution – which is great for playing back HD content – though some viewing angles are not as good as others. The remaining specs are fairly standard: Bluetooth 2.1, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.
The core of the tablet is the Grid OS. Based on the Honeycomb Android OS, it utilizes a completely different interface which delivers e-mail and Web browsing at a good clip. Adobe Flash support it available, although automatic playback is disabled, which makes you directly launch the Flash content directly, which saves on your battery life.
Although it has no access to the Android Market, it does have the Android Appstore. Overall, it is a good device – but the price tag will be the decider for this one. If people are willing to pay the $499 price for all the above features, then that means there’s still some hope to compete with the iPad.