November 30, 2010
Galapagos from CrunchGear

Galapagos from CrunchGear

Sharp’s Galapagos Android tablets look quite swish if you ask us. There are two types, the 5.5-inch and 10.8-inch versions. Both are set to land in Japan on December 10th and pre-orders will be accepted a week beforehand, on December 3rd. There are two pieces of bad news to accompany this information.

First, we still have no clue or word as to whether or not this device is going to land in Europe or America any time soon. We can only assume that as the Japanese release date approaches, that a worldwide one does too. Unfortunately, the second piece of bad news consists of an uncomfortable price point. The smaller 5.5-inch version will set you back around $476 while the larger of the two will smack you for $714. For your money, you will get a complementary 8GB SD card, though. The 5.5-inch tablet provides an 1,024 × 600 LCD screen optimized for displaying paperback books. It also offers a trackball to navigate through pages. The 10.8-inch version provides a 1,366 × 800 LCD screen optimized for magazine content formatted across a two-page spread. The silver lining to this story is that when they launch, the tablets should have access to over 30,000 newspapers, magazines, and books.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.
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