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PocketBook A10 reading tablet (hands-on)

PocketBook A10 reading tablet (hands-on)

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There are so many nauseatingly similar Android tablets at IFA this year that PocketBook's A10 tablet sticks out like an oasis in a desert. It's not the thinnest tablet I've seen, but it's relatively light at 1.5 pounds, and it's actually shaped to be held, with a matte back and a slight hump (it feels a bit like a sized-up Nook Touch Reader in that regard). Page turn buttons are available to the thumb, and they click easy enough. There's a decent 10-inch, 1024 x 768 screen (though I have my worries about how well it'll do under sunlight), and the same 1GHz TI OMAP 3622 processor that's in Lenovo's new IdeaPad A1 7-inch Android tablet. Android 2.3.4 runs pretty well, though I'd love to see if Ice Cream Sandwich can breathe new life into this sort of device. PocketBook has its own reader software onboard, but there's Android Market as a fallback for nabbing your own choice of reader app. The price I was quoted was "less than €300," but a $250 7-inch Kindle tablet could put some hurt on PocketBook, especially if it brings the A10 to the US as planned. The tablet should start shipping in Europe sometime in October. Hands-on shots are after the break.

PocketBook A10 reading tablet hands-on photos