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Guess the Tablet: Terrific Design Undermined By Poor Software

by Brandon Russell | December 7, 2013December 7, 2013 12:00 pm PST

This company is no stranger to attempting new designs, especially in the tablet market. Even in the mobile market, this company is a bit of a loose cannon—that’s not a criticism. This year, we’ve seen some terrific designs, though no device in particular from this company has really challenged for the mobile or tablet throne. It’s not that this company can’t make a good product; it’s just that there are too many better devices available. This company has already pressing matter to contend with anyway.

When this device hit, in 2011, there were certain expectations. It had one of the coolest designs, a great display, and some good specs. But its software wasn’t up to snuff, made even more difficult to use by Sony’s attempt to alter the experience. Consider that a device like the iPad 2 was out, and more popular than ever, and this mystery device didn’t really stand a chance. This was at a time when Android tablets were just not good enough, and this mystery tablet was a casualty of those circumstances.

If this company does decide to make more tablets next year, I wouldn’t be opposed to following a design similar to this one. In a market where tablets are getting razor thin, it’s nice to see other ideas explored every now and again. Of course, there are more good tablets on the market today than we know what to do with, so I’m not even sure something like this—even with more optimized software—would even make it off store shelves.

Last week’s Guess the Phone (device) was the Flip camera.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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