CrunchPad: What makes it so special?

Posted on July 6, 2009

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I find this new gadget announce in the techcrunch but I don’t understand what makes it so special. The name is CrunchPad; in short, it is a gadget to browse the internet. Yes, the device boots to a browser. The prototype is stated to have a Linux based operating systems and a Webkit based browser without any detail explanation about the hardware specification, such as processor speed, memory size, etc.

CrunchPad Illustration

CrunchPad Illustration

The device is clearly designed for style and simplicity. It is stated to have 18 mm thickness in the latest prototype and aluminum case, which gives the device light weight but strong material. For software, it seems like a great User Interface is a high-want for this device. From the private video, available in Youtube, it shows the device capability to browse the internet as well as playing Youtube video.

I admit how well it is designed, great browsing experience and fully functional Youtube video playback. And the most important factor: it looks cool! But doesn’t the device look like an eBook reader with browsing capabilities? In fact, I recall a pretty old slate tablet product when I look at this device, for instance, the Fujitsu Slate.

Fujitsu Slate on eBay

Fujitsu Slate on eBay

The x86 netbook market grows well today. It has or can be installed with operating systems like Windows, various Linux (ubuntu, fedora, etc), UNIX (Solaris) and Hackintosh. Looking at how thin and cool (less heat compare to laptop) the netbooks are shows how easy for the current giant netbook manufacturer, such as HP, Asus, Acer, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc, to slightly twist the netbook design to be a slate netbook, which, of course, has more functionality.

The CrunchPad has a probable price tag of 300$, slightly more expensive compare to the 200$ second-hand Fujitsu Slate on eBay, but comparable to an Asus EEEPC 900 from Amazon. Again… I wonder what makes the CrunchPad so special to face the netbook fleets.

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