Andy Pad and Andy Pad Pro info and pricing revealed

Would you like to get a very cheap Android-based tablet? The folks at the UK-based company Andy Pad have been slowly promoting such a product and now it looks like their marketing machine is starting to ramp up to a launch on September 1. The company's official web site has been updated with more info about both the standard Andy Pad and the Andy Pad Pro version.

While the standard Andy Pad had previously been announced with a price of £129 (about $210) the more powerful Andy Pad Pro now has an official pricing of £179 (about $290). Both products have the 2.3 Gingerbread version of the Android operating system (as opposed to the 3.1 version which is made specifically for tablet products).  Both have a 7-inch touch screen and WiFi support but the standard Andy Pad has 8 GB of storage, a front side only camera, a resistive touch screen, and a video resolution of up to 800x600. The Andy Pad Pro has 16 GB of storage, Bluetooth wireless support, a capacitive touch screen, 1024x768 video resolution, both front and rear cameras and more. Both versions will also come with a number of apps and games pre-installed.

You can check out a YouTube video below that shows the standard version of the Andy Pad in action. It will be interesting to see if this product, with such a low price point, will gain an audience. At the moment, the product is being sold exclusively via the Andy Pad web site; there's no word if the product will be sold in retail stores.

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For a resistive screen that one looks pretty good IMHO. I'm quite looking forward to the Andy Pad Pro. 7" is the perfect screen size for me, small enough to fit in my pocket, but large enough that I can comfortably watch a video and play games.

Drop the front camera (how many actually use theirs? I've had 3 consecutive phones with FF cameras, not used them once) and add GPS support and it'd be almost perfect. Especially if the rumours about Android 3 being available soon after launch are true.

In my opinion, the perfect size for a:

Touchscreen Smartphone: ~4" - 4.3" (Evo, Thunderbolt, etc.)
SD Tablet: ~9" (iPad, iPad2)
HD Tablet: ~10" (Motorola Xoom, Samsung Tab 10.1, etc.)
eReader: 7" (Nook Color, Kindle, etc.)

One it is rooted and someone gets the proper Tablet Android OS on there (what is it now 3.1? 3.2?) then I will be interested. Hope it happens soon, as if it does the Andy Pad Pro could be very popular

What actually makes the AndyPad special? It's got a resistive screen, and runs Android 2.3, and it's just joining a legion of dime-a-dozen low end tablets which aren't worth the money.

Majesticmerc said,
What actually makes the AndyPad special? It's got a resistive screen, and runs Android 2.3, and it's just joining a legion of dime-a-dozen low end tablets which aren't worth the money.

Or get the Pro which is capacitive. And most of the low-end tablets aren't that great, or run Android 2.1 or lower.

I spoke to one of the people at AndyPad a month ago, and they confirmed that although it's being released with 2.3, there will be shortly afterwards a 3.0 (or whatever the latest version) tablet OS ROM available to flash to the device, if you want to run that instead.

The channel seems to me, as an official one. And with this"professional" quality video, they aren't going to sell, as much as they could.
Because, I have to admit, it looks surprisingly pleasant to use, in this video demo.

Artillery said,
Jesus Christ how many years will it take to remove the freaking censorship off in the damn comments.

As many years as it takes kids to not be under age in a family oriented site.

What's the big deal? You can go to Toys-R-Us right now and get a Coby MID7022. Its 7", Android 2.3, capacitive screen, hdmi out, standard sized usb port, etc. Only 4 gig though. But its also only $179 and its been available since June. I just ordered one last week because of the rave reviews about something so cheap.

By the time these come out, the Tegra 2 ASUS and Acer tablet's that are 10.1 will be down to $299.99... I actually just got one at Staples the other day with their $100 off any tablet coupon for $299....

I simply dont know if this tablet is going to be offered in the USA and if so what the price might be. However, take into account that UK -advertised- prices are not really comparable to American -advertised- prices.

While the rate used in this article is correct for the open market, who will buy £1 for ~$1.60, when it comes to tech its more like £1 buying ~$1.20 [Amazon, Galaxy Tab 10.1] or even as low as £1 buying ~$1.10 [Amazon, Transformer].

Therefore perhaps a more realistic comparison price would be something like:
Andy Pad - £129 ($150-$210)
Andy Pro - £179 ($215-$290)

These are getting silly. TBH, I don't even think the display looks that nice on that although it could be due to the vid recording.

Maximum Error said,

What? Like an iPad? :-)

Way to miss the point of tablet computing. At least the iPad has plenty of apps design for the form factor.

Maximum Error said,

What? Like an iPad? :-)


iPad actually has tablet designed apps, 90k of them.

android: 300

android hasn't been going anywhere with tablet apps. the touchpad launched with more and its only been out a month.

Gabe3 said,

iPad actually has tablet designed apps, 90k of them.

android: 300

android hasn't been going anywhere with tablet apps. the touchpad launched with more and its only been out a month.

Apple Store: 89,996 SexyGirlTimePhoto Apps.
Android Market: 294 Sexy girl time photo apps.

I'll choose android market for the 6 apps that I use. Thanks.

Gabe3 said,

iPad actually has tablet designed apps, 90k of them.

android: 300

android hasn't been going anywhere with tablet apps. the touchpad launched with more and its only been out a month.

I recently bought my Girlfriend and Asus Eeepad Transformer, and the lack of Tablet apps on Android is quite annoying.

SirEvan said,

Apple Store: 89,996 SexyGirlTimePhoto Apps.
Android Market: 294 Sexy girl time photo apps.

I'll choose android market for the 6 apps that I use. Thanks.

Troll fail.

TRC Bear said,

Troll fail.

I think it's pretty correct, and funny. Most "cheaper" Android tablets have only 2.2, and that's the good ones. A lot still have 2.1 or earlier. I'm not buying into the Apple Kool-Aid. I wouldn't mind an iPad for the functionality, but being locked into iTunes and the price what it is is the biggest point for me. I'd rather buy something like this. I love my Droid 2 and it's still 2.2, even.

Gabe3 said,

iPad actually has tablet designed apps, 90k of them.

Yet still no true flash support i hear?

There may not be as many apps available, but with the recent updates that have come (Honeycomb etc) alot of development was on hold till it was released.

Majesticmerc said,

I recently bought my Girlfriend and Asus Eeepad Transformer, and the lack of Tablet apps on Android is quite annoying.

How much did they both cost? :-p

bugsbungee said,

Way to miss the point of tablet computing. At least the iPad has plenty of apps design for the form factor.


And 2.3.3 doesn't support the majority of apps on the Android Market?. You're missing the point. Android 2.3.3 and iOS are exactly the same in terms of designed for the phone. iOS Tablets apps are written to utilize the "new space" but it is still essentially the same OS for the phone. Android 1.X - Android 2.3.5 are designed for the phone. Android 3.0+ is designed for tablets. Even apps not designed for Android 3.0+ look better than apps not designed for the iPad. Case and point, Facebook, Foursquare, etc. Run these two apps simultaneously on the iPad and a Android 3.0+ tablet device. See which one looks better.

Getting back to the point, Android 3.2 is supposed to support 7-inch tablets. But that is only coming to a select few manufacturers. So until that happens, tablets like the Andy Pad and HTC Flyer (both 7-inch screens) will run Android 2.3.3 until 3.2 is made available to them (if the hardware supports it).