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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro Gets Another Rival: The £179 Andy Pad Pro

The Andy Pad, the tablet which was presented more than one month ago and is the brain child of a UK-based tablet manufacturer, Mattressman, has introduced a newcomer, the Andy Pad Pro, which comes with a better specification compared to its smaller brother.

The Pad Pro comes with a 1.2GHz ARM-based Cortex A8 SoC which could possibly be the Samsung Hummingbird, as used in the Galaxy Tab, plus Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Interestingly, it could be the same SoC as the Kogan tablet albeit a tad faster. However, unlike the latter, it has both a front facing and a rear camera and comes with 16GB onboard storage rather than 4GB.

The kicker though has to be the 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen whose resolution matches that of the RIM Blackberry PlayBook and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Add in the fact that it comes with an HDMI port, Bluetooth, a microUSB port and a microSD card reader plus a number of bundled apps and you have a decent all rounder tablet.

The cheaper Andy Pad (opens in new tab) only has a resistive 7-inch WVGA touchscreen with 8GB onboard storage and a single front facing camera. Both tablets will be released in September with the Andy Pad costing £129 and the more expensive version £179.

The Andy Pad will also be accompanied by a number of tutorials, what looks like a dedicated App store and its own "Andy Store".

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.