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Guess the Tablet: A Tablet That Went Up Against the Odds

by Brandon Russell | January 18, 2014January 18, 2014 12:00 pm PST

In hindsight, this device never really stood a chance. But we should have figured the day would come when it was going to fade into the background. Not only was it going up against the iPad at the height of its power when it first launched, but it arrived around the same time as another well-known tablet of similar origin, one that is currently among the best available today. And really, it was never backed by the resources necessary to take it to the next level—it was never going to introduce groundbreaking services like Mayday.

That doesn’t mean this device wasn’t good, because it was actually fairly great; a lot better than some of the devices still being put out by certain companies today. Granted, you had to be a certain type of user in order to fully appreciate what this tablet had to offer, but if you were fully committed to the company’s ecosystem, you got a pretty nice experience in return. Certainly not the best the market had to offer at the time, but arguably underappreciated. And its design was quite unique, which added slightly to its allure.

I haven’t met a person that owns this device, and chances are you haven’t either, which tells you all you need to know about why this tablet is never really talked about anymore. It just couldn’t quite penetrate the market the way this company had hoped, and maybe even lasted longer than some might have expected—it was pretty much doomed from the start, to be fair.

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...