Fusion Garage’s latest release, the Grid 10 is an Android tablet is a rather unique Android tablet. This is mostly because it technically isn’t an Android tablet. Using a new operating system called Grid OS, which is based on the Android kernel, its main feature is that its basic operations are still Android-based, but with a different graphical user interface. This lets it run Android apps while delivering a completely different user experience.
The Grid 10 has some fairly basic specs for a 10.1-inch tablet. Running on an Nvidia Tegra 2 chip backed by 512MB of memory, it only has one 1.3MP front-facing camera and only 16GB storage. The price is another matter. Tagged at £259 when it gets released this October, it puts it at an attractive price point.
Techradar recently did a hand-on with the tablet and they’ve had a very positive experience with it.
Most of Techradar’s observations on the Grid 10′s performance is on its use of the Grid OS. Using a giant grid where you can place your app icons, it lets you arrange your screen in a handy manner. The grids can also be minimized or maximized with a single tap. The grid also can be scrolled in any direction – giving you an infinite number of clusters for your apps.
It works pretty well, with seamless integration and animation, but it can be a bit difficult to get used to. Plus, the efficient use of your tablet requires you have a completer knowledge of how you arranged your apps on the grid. Another difference is that it uses Bing for its search options – a definite difference from Android’s Google-based approach.
Another feature of the Grid 10 is its gesture-based navigation. A gesture will maximize a screen, minimize back to the Grid, go back or go forward.
Techradar also observed that while the Grid OS is Android-based, it doesn’t have any of the official Google apps you’d find on other Android tablets. Access to the Android Market is also missing. The Amazon Appstore and Fusion Garage’s own app store may cover this disadvantage but its still a noteworthy problem.
All in all, Techradar notes that the Grid 10 is a good device. Combined with its £259 price tag, Fusion Garage may have itself a winner – a startling change of pace from its initial failure with the JooJoo.