7-inch Identity Tab takes Android to the classroom
Saw this 7-inch Android tablet a couple of weeks ago during a meeting and asked the distributor if I could borrow it and check it out. I am told that a few schools (forgot which ones) have adopted this tablet as a learning tool in the classroom.
This Korean-made tablet was also developed by the same company (ODM) that provided Amazon with the Kindle Fire so I was intrigued by it. The tablet is available for enterprise and academe but hasn’t been launched commercially for regular folks.
It even comes with a thin suede sleeve out of the box which is nice for carrying around but not really to protect the tablet from bumps and drops. The design is very simple and actualy reminds me of the first iPad, only that this one is made of matte, silver plastic.
There are three physical buttons at the bottom for the usual Android menu. Volume control is on the right side, power button and 3.5mm audio port is at the top. This is also the very first tablet I’ve seen that uses a mini-USB port instead of a micro-USB for data and power charging.
The top side also has a hidden latch to uncover another set of ports — an SD card slot and a micro-HDMI port for connecting the tablet to an external HD display.
The specs are pretty decent, nothing really spectacular. In fact, there’s some shortcomings I think some people will find disappointing.
Identity Tab 7 specs:
7-inch LCD display @ 480×800 pixels
1.0 GHz ARM processor
PowerVR SGX 540 graphics
8GB SD card storage
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Android Froyo 2.2
Quadrant score is a decent 1457 (a little faster than the Google Nexus One on Froyo 2.2) which trumps many other tablets and smartphones with the same chipset.
The low resolution is a bit of a disappointment and the screen doesn’t offer that much crispness. I am told the tablet isn’t readily available in the market but could range between Php11k to Php13k in other neighboring countries (I am not sure if it was Indonesia).