IFA 2010: Elonex eTouch Android tablet gets nifty case/keyboard combo add-on – VIDEO

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Here’s another Android tablet on display at IFA 2010, this time by UK based Elonex. The 10 inch Elonex eTouch 1000 ET tablet is running version 2.1 of Google’s operating system and is notably more powerful than the ViewSonic Viewpad 7 thanks to a 1GHz LNX ARM processor.

The eTouch tablet also features 2GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD), 256MB of memory, as well as a Wi-Fi connection. No 3G however, though Elonex have sensibly added a USB port that allows you to link it up to a clever case/keyboard hybrid. I’m surprised these things aren’t already ten-a-penny for, but there haven’t really been any hardware keysets for the other tablets on show. Elonex’s keyboard add-on seems both functional, and at an expected price of around £40, affordable too.

Though in terms of design it owes a lot to the iPad, the eTouch is sporting a resistive rather than capacitive touchscreen. It’s not ideal, but as it requires only 50 grams of pressure to respond, you shouldn’t have too many problems navigating its apps.

If we had one complaint of the eTouch tablet during our quick look at the device, it was that its display was very reflective indeed. In all fairness the Elonex stand was in one of the brightest, most sunlit halls in the Messe convention centre, but you’d certainly have a hard time using it in direct daylight.

You’ll be able to pick up the eTouch 1000 ET tablet up by the end of the month for 199 Euros, whilst a 7inch version with the same specs is also available for 150 Euros.

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Gerald Lynch

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