German ISP announces entry into tablet computer market


July 7, 2010

1&1 Germany has unveiled its very own Android tablet computer, the SmartPad

1&1 Germany has unveiled its very own Android tablet computer, the SmartPad

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The German arm of Internet Service Provider and Web Host 1&1 has unveiled its own 7-inch tablet computer. The ARM-powered, Android SmartPad comes with WiFi connectivity, a gigabyte of internal storage and some custom apps. There's an optional docking station and the ability to turn it into a remote control for home entertainment systems too.

1&1 Germany's new tablet computer sports an 800 x 480 resolution LED 7-inch multi-touch display and is powered by a 500 MHz ARM11 processor. It runs on the Android platform and comes with some pre-installed 1&1 apps such as music, pictures and video players, (online) Address Book and Control-Center. There's also the option of up to three different home screens and, of course, access to the Android Market for more third party apps.

As well as 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity and internet browsing via a Webkit browser, users are treated to 256MB DDR RAM and 1GB onboard Flash memory which is expandable via an SD card slot. The device can also masquerade as a media device remote control thanks to an infrared transmitter and 1&1's Control-Center app. Finishing off the published specs are an ambient light sensor, USB 2.0 port, headphone jack, 2800 mAh Lithium-ion battery and a built-in stand.

Although the cost of the SmartPad has been set at EUR299 (about US$376), the company is offering it as a complimentary gift to new subscribers to certain packages.

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