Feb 16th, 2011 publishUpdated   Sep 10th, 2021, 5:05 pm

A lot of Android tablets look the exact same. Or maybe some would say a lot of Android tablets look like the iPad. Here is one that doesn’t… a made by Marvell prototype that just might come into production courtesy of a well known GPS company:

My two favorite features by far:

  • The ruggedized rubber look that makes this device stand out from the crowd. I instantly saw it and wondered “what is THAT cool looking thing”? Lots of manufacturers have gone the sleek, sexy and simple route so this unbranded device was a breath of fresh air and I really dug it’s design.
  • On the back, the holes for the speaker grill were oriented to look like the Android Robot. Lovely touch and fun to see… I haven’t seen this done anywhere else before.

I didn’t evaluate the device based on real world effectiveness – it’s clearly a prototype and doesn’t even have a brand or home yet. I was just incredibly interested in the product design. I’m not sure how well this would fare as a GPS-focused device, which I was told might be the end game, but mostly because we haven’t seen Android widely adopted as a GPS-focused device. I personally think that’s because your phone does navigation quite well with Google Nav regardless, but it also doesn’t have a huge screen.

In any case, argue with the potential for GPS-focused Android devices if you want, but you’ll be hard pressed to convince me that this thing doesn’t look pretty awesome with the tough rubber style and Android robot speaker grill.