Here comes the Andy Pad - a quality Android tablet for £129

When Google announced the first Android tablets back in January, one thing stood out to many - the price. The Motorola XOOM was launched at a price point of $800 (or £500 in the UK), a considerable amount considering that its direct competitor, the iPad, could be had for significantly less. Other Android tablets followed and a common factor seemed to be a high asking price, such as the HTC Flyer which is to cost £599. The Asus Transformer is £379, a bit of a drop but still fairly expensive, after all you can get a pretty decent laptop for that amount these days.

Along side these expensive tablets came a range of cheaper tablets, often from Chinese manufacturers. They may be cheap in price, but they're also cheap in terms of build quality and features.

If you thought there could be some sort of middle ground, you're not the only one and that's exactly what the Andy Pad is.

For your money, you get a pretty top spec 7" device. It'll boast a 1.2Ghz ARM A8 CPU, which is certainly no slouch, 1080p HDMI out, WiFi, Android 2.3, 8Gb of internal storage and a "Powerful GPU". While the absolute top end Android tablets may be more powerful, the Andy Pad doesn't appear to be a slow coach, either. In fact, the device will come preloaded with a bunch of apps to get people going straight out of the box. You'll have your Twitter and Facebook ready to go, but you'll also have a nice selection of games such as Tank Hero and Drag Racing. The idea is that the Andy Pad will be a fully capable Android tablet from the very moment you take it out of the box.

"We are counting down to the Andy Pad, a more complete tablet designed to work straight out of the box. It aims to provide the best Android experience at a price which opens up this new technology to a market which has so far been denied an adequate solution.

Running the latest open source Android operating system, the Andy Pad is a portable 7 inches; perfect for slipping into a briefcase or school bag.

To showcase the best of Android, we’ve selected the most popular games, utilities and tools for use immediately, including cutting edge 3D games. This serves as an introduction to a world of apps; where you’ll discover thousands of programs crafted by dedicated Android app developers around the world. There’s also a cracking amount of internal storage to fill up with new discoveries, music or HD video with room for extra storage if required.

Ideal for media, business, homework, gaming or simply browsing the internet, the Andy Pad is going to be right at home inside your world."

If you lament the idea of apps coming preloaded on a device, perhaps because you've been stung by your mobile operator's bloatware in the past, then do not fear as the Andy Pad will come with an unlocked bootloader. That's right, custom ROMs willl be a go on this device and at least one well known Android developer has already pledged his support.

Some of the details aren't quite final yet - the screen technology used, the amount of RAM supplied or even if it'll have Bluetooth, but if done right, the Andy Pad could well be the Android tablet that many of us have been waiting for.

The Andy Pad is due to launch in a couple of month's time, just in time for the kids going back to school. At £129, it almost sounds too good to be true. Stay tuned, Neowin will have more details soon, as well as an interview with the team behind Andy Pad and, of course, the obligatory review.

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How is this any better than the Chinese tablets which the article bashed? Rename it, sell it out of the UK and it is somehow better. Dream on!

if it's anything like its cartoon counter part (Andy Cap) are you gonna want a pad that drinks, smokes, swears and is bigoted ROFL

Am... They should drop Android 2.3 and move to 3.X. I think that 2.X tablets/slates and not that a good solution anymore. I would buy one only if it would have Android 3.X.

david13lt said,
Am... They should drop Android 2.3 and move to 3.X. I think that 2.X tablets/slates and not that a good solution anymore. I would buy one only if it would have Android 3.X.

The 3.x branch of Android isn't open source and probably never will be. Google only shares it with specific partners, which is probably why the Andy Pad doesn't have it. Ice Cream (4.0) is supposed to unify the codebases once more and be open source, so perhaps we'll get a port of that in the future. Time will tell and I'll be sure to bring it up with the Andy Pad guys when I interview them in a couple of weeks =D

I'm intrigued. Me and the girlfriend were talking the other day about getting a Kindle each for ebooks, but if this thing is priced as it is now then I would think that we'd go for these instead.

I said I like the idea but I'm a bit concerned about their website, it doesn't have to be great but the mock nav items and search fields is a bit worrying, just put up, "soon to be revealed pages" rather then fake buttons.

DiamondFootprint said,
Very impressive price for more than decent specs! The screen might be the killer though.

Yeh does anyone know if its capactive or resitive?

Majesticmerc said,

For the price I can't imagine it's anything other than resistive.

As far as I'm aware, the final spec isn't decided yet. It could go either way.

Majesticmerc said,

For the price I can't imagine it's anything other than resistive.

From what I have read on the forums, it does look like it could either way. If it's resistive, that will be a MAJOR downfall, but then again it all depends on the target market.

im abit wary that they included the android facebook app, since it really kills the battery life, it keeps the cpu working full speed all the time for some reason...
ever since i uninstalled it from my phone, my phone has 3/4 of its battery left rather than needing a recharge by the time i come home...

carmatic said,
im abit wary that they included the android facebook app, since it really kills the battery life, it keeps the cpu working full speed all the time for some reason...
ever since i uninstalled it from my phone, my phone has 3/4 of its battery left rather than needing a recharge by the time i come home...
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you can remove the pre-installed apps. That's just my guess...

t_r_nelson said,
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you can remove the pre-installed apps. That's just my guess...

it shouldnt be included in the first place, this isnt like bloatware on the PC where it just takes up storage, these apps are actually running for as long as they are installed and the phone is turned on, and the most obvious effect is the battery life dissapearing

carmatic said,

it shouldnt be included in the first place, this isnt like bloatware on the PC where it just takes up storage, these apps are actually running for as long as they are installed and the phone is turned on, and the most obvious effect is the battery life dissapearing

So remove them, then. The game and utility apps are not going to drain battery, the big drains will be Twitter and Facebook. More people use those services than those who don't, so it makes sense that they come preinstalled. However, if you don't log into them, they wont do very much and you're free to remove them when you please.

Kushan said,

So remove them, then. The game and utility apps are not going to drain battery, the big drains will be Twitter and Facebook. More people use those services than those who don't, so it makes sense that they come preinstalled. However, if you don't log into them, they wont do very much and you're free to remove them when you please.


it wasnt until last week that i finally realized that the cause for my phone's short battery life was the facebook app... having the app installed , in its current state, means that this Andy Pad will also have a much shorter battery life if the user also uses facebook
hopefully they get a fix out for the facebook app soon...

AFineFrenzy said,
Wish they'd stop with the hipster product photos. GIVE ME A SHOT WITH THE WHOLE THING IN VIEW, MORONS

You sound like an old man I kinda agree though.

AFineFrenzy said,
Wish they'd stop with the hipster product photos. GIVE ME A SHOT WITH THE WHOLE THING IN VIEW, MORONS

They're unveiling it gradually I believe.

<troll>Shame it's running Android</troll>

Seriously though, I'd rather save up and buy an iPad than that thing, regardless of how cheap it is, simply because of Android. And I own a Nexus One running 2.3.4, which I hate...

d4v1d05 said,
<troll>Shame it's running Android</troll>

Seriously though, I'd rather save up and buy an iPad than that thing, regardless of how cheap it is, simply because of Android. And I own a Nexus One running 2.3.4, which I hate...

Winner of the useless post of the day...and its early. But seriously are you surprised its running Android? Considering the price point, and the fact the title of this thread has the word ANDROID in it....its of no surprise.

techbeck said,

Winner of the useless post of the day...and its early. But seriously are you surprised its running Android? Considering the price point, and the fact the title of this thread has the word ANDROID in it....its of no surprise.

I am disappoint. I thought it'd be harder to troll Neowin, especially with the troll tags inserted. Oh well...

Also, I forgot you're not allowed to post your opinions in the comments without someone coming and calling you an idiot, or useless or whatever...

I have a ipad, if this was HC, screen good, I'd get it just play around with. I like the iPad but wouldn't mind a 7" ipad for portability.

the Andy Pad will come with an unlocked bootloader !!! wow definitely be getting this one no question ask . so it will be nice to try Xoom has Honeycomb 3.1 or hither Android ISO !!

HeroicOcean said,
Did anyone else think of Andy Pandy when reading its name?

NO actually I first thought of Andy Cap the politically incorrect cartoon

Simon said,
Android 2.3, though

XDA community is the best one out there.
Trust me, you will have the choice to keep it or not.
Nuff' Said'

Simon said,
Android 2.3, though

And if this becomes popular, devs will have HC out for it and hopefully an official update to HC.

Interesting.. may have to look into one of these down the road, been considering getting my daughter a tablet. For the price I have low expectations but if it's a healthy "good enough", works for me.