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Summary

Key Features

  • 1366 x 768 resolution screen
  • Grid OS
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • Manufacturer: Fusion Garage
  • Review Price: £259.00

Being different is generally a good thing, but being different for difference's sake is pointless. And this is a distinction that the CEO of Fusion Garage is well aware of.

“It’s different and it’s usable, I think that is critical,” Chandra Rathakrishnan told us at a one-on-one briefing about the new Grid10 tablet, which uses the proprietary Grid10 operating system.

In a world of iPads, identikit Android tablets and lost opportunities, something different is always welcome. While the Grid OS is built on the Android Kernel, it could not look much more different from the Honeycomb interface we are now so used to.

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The tablet itself has a 10.1in screen with a widescreen 16:9 ratio that will also help it stand out in the tablet market. It uses a 1366x768 pixel panel, where most Android tablets have 1280x800 pixel screens. The tablet measures 274 x 173 x 14mm and weighs 680g.

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While it is certainly not the slimmest of tablets, it doesn’t feel that much thicker in the hand that tablets like the super slim Galaxy Tab 10.1, thanks to its curved back. This also makes it easy to hold in one hand in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Fusion Garage claims that the TFT screen has the highest resolution of any 10.1in tablet on the market and at 1366 x 768 pixels this certainly seems to be the case. However, from our brief time with the tablet, the screen was not the best, comparing unfavourably to the bright and vivid screens seen on the iPad or the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It was also incredibly glossy and attracted fingerprints very easily.

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The viewing angles were decent on three of the four sides but poor on the fourth, a fact Chandra readily accepted - adding that this would help you keep prying eyes off your screen. The screen is surrounded by a rather large bezel which certainly took away from the overall sleek look of the Grid10.

There are no physical buttons on the face of the screen and the only button to be found anywhere on the device was a small circular power button on one end.

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In fact there was very little to break the smooth lines of the Grid10 with the only ports bring a microSD card (up to 64GB), 3G port (under a plastic flap) and a dock/charging connector. No HDMI or USB ports, then, but these can be ‘added’ by using an adapter connected to the docking port.

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The back of the Grid 10 has a grey matt finish with a metal Grid10 logo in the centre. There is no camera to break up the lines, but this is something we don’t feel is a major problem on a tablet, where taking pictures is not really something we want to use it for. There is however a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling.

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Busmaster

September 15, 2011, 1:22 pm

This tablet seems to have a rather strange history:
http://techcrunch.com/2009/11/30/crunchpad-end/

ChaosDefinesOrder

September 15, 2011, 1:25 pm

I suspect you misheard him slightly, the notification drawer is Heartbeat not hardbit! It's on their Grid OS website as Heartbeat as well! :-)

Looks like a good tablet, certainly the first to try something different which is always good!

David Gilbert

September 15, 2011, 1:52 pm

Aw yes, lost in translation, I'm afraid. Heartbeat is certainly a more apt title for this feature. Cheers for pointing out our error.

David Gilbert

September 15, 2011, 1:56 pm

This is not the CrunchPad in a different form. The CrunchPad was subsequently launched as the JooJoo back in 2010 (even before the iPad launched in fact) and rather sunk without trace. Indeed Chandra told us that anyone who purchased a JooJoo would be able to get a free Grid10, which is nice of them.

zacoid55

September 15, 2011, 6:20 pm

Interesting to say the least, I definitely want to have a look at that tablet.

Bugblatter

September 16, 2011, 1:24 am

Yes the 'hardbit' is getting apps on it.

I heard that the Amazon appstore won't be available at launch, although it was in a comment on another site so I can't swear to it.

David Gilbert

September 16, 2011, 2:52 pm

@Bugblatter I asked Chandra that very question when I met with Fusion Garage and he said that while the App Store won't come pre-installed as standard, all you will have to do is follow a link to install it. I saw it running on the Grid10 they showed me and it seemed to be working as normal.

Keithe6e

September 16, 2011, 3:07 pm

>> and rather sunk without trace

If the pricing is what it is now, that's not surprising. A quick Google the JoJo appears to be £700 second hand, and £1000 new.

At £259 this one might fair better, I rather like the new interface too. But looking at some of the Video's on YouTube the interface seems to suffer, eg. it sometimes seems to takes multiple swipes before it registers, hopefully a bug they can fix later.

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