Hot on the heels of Adobe showing off a tablet device running Android and Flash at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, China has harnessed the power of its manufacturing might to produce an iPad killer, and it's called -- fantastically enough -- the iRobot aPad. Well, that didn't take long.
Don't laugh yet. The aPad has actually got some serious stuff going on. This tablet thingy has a 7-inch touchscreen and runs the Android operating system (version 1.5 in case you were wondering), so yes, it will give the iPad a run for its money. The price? Two hundred American. Yeah, you read that right. Less than half the price of the cheapest iPad.
Of course some corners had to be cut to produce an iPad-like device for just $200. For starters, the screen resolution is just 800x480. Then there's the processor, a little 600MHz number, which is fine for a smart phone, but falls short of Apple's beefy A4 processor, which at the risk of comparing apples and oranges, is likely to be much faster. Memory is give and take: there's only 2GB onboard, but you can expand that via SD card. And unlike the iPad, the aPad has an integrated webcam.
The bottom line about this device? If you think the iPad is just a giant iPhone, this analogy is even more true of the aPad. The aPad is really just a giant Android phone. Nonetheless, it looks like the aPad is a worthy challenger from an unlikely place, especially given its price. You gotta love China.
(Via I4U and Chinagrabber. And thanks to Peter for the heads up!)