The Android tablet market was a hard one to crack just a few years ago. Back when the iPad was the only tablet people wanted, devices running Google’s OS were hit with rampant software issues, a severe lack of app options, and a clear lack of focus. A path was definitely being forged, but it needed more refinement, a better vision and approach than what Android fans were getting—a stark contrast to what’s available today.
Many aspects of this mystery device were terrific, and amounted to an experience that, at the time, was among the best out there—even challenging the iPad in some respects. But it was held back, as most Android tablets were at the time, by software that didn’t quite feel ready, almost like it was still in beta. The device as a whole wasn’t without its bright spots, and some of its ideas were pretty spectacular; the hardware looked great, and it was pretty fast at the time. But it didn’t feel as optimized, and that ultimately lead to its demise.
Given how much this company has improved in its latest smartphones, one has to wonder if it’ll bestow some of that knowledge in the tablet market. The company currently offers some of the smartest software enhancements on the market, many of which could translate over to the bigger form factor quite nicely. And its designs are top notch, so perhaps we’ll see the company use its experience and released something in the tablet realm in 2014.
Last week’s Guess the Phone was the HTC Status.