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German ISP announces entry into tablet computer market

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1&1 Germany has unveiled its very own Android tablet computer, the SmartPad
1&1 Germany has unveiled its very own Android tablet computer, the SmartPad
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The SmartPad in its optional docking station
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The SmartPad in its optional docking station
The SmartPad offers up to three different home screens
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The SmartPad offers up to three different home screens
1&1's SmartPad has an 800 x 480 resolution LED 7 inch multi-touch display
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1&1's SmartPad has an 800 x 480 resolution LED 7 inch multi-touch display
The SmartPad comes with some pre-installed 1&1 apps such as music, pictures and video players, (online) Address Book and Control-Center, as well as access to third party apps from Android Market
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The SmartPad comes with some pre-installed 1&1 apps such as music, pictures and video players, (online) Address Book and Control-Center, as well as access to third party apps from Android Market
1&1's SmartPad tablet computer with optional docking station
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1&1's SmartPad tablet computer with optional docking station
The SmartPad has its own built-in stand
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The SmartPad has its own built-in stand
As well as 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity, there's 256MB DDR RAM and 1GB onboard flash memory too
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As well as 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity, there's 256MB DDR RAM and 1GB onboard flash memory too
1&1 Germany has unveiled its very own Android tablet computer, the SmartPad
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1&1 Germany has unveiled its very own Android tablet computer, the SmartPad
The device can also masquerade as a media device remote control thanks to an infrared transmitter and 1&1's Control-Center app
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The device can also masquerade as a media device remote control thanks to an infrared transmitter and 1&1's Control-Center app
Of course the device can also be used as a color e-Reader
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Of course the device can also be used as a color e-Reader

The German arm of Internet Service Provider and Web Host 1&1 has unveiled its own 7-inch tablet computer. The ARM-powered, Android SmartPad comes with WiFi connectivity, a gigabyte of internal storage and some custom apps. There's an optional docking station and the ability to turn it into a remote control for home entertainment systems too.

1&1 Germany's new tablet computer sports an 800 x 480 resolution LED 7-inch multi-touch display and is powered by a 500 MHz ARM11 processor. It runs on the Android platform and comes with some pre-installed 1&1 apps such as music, pictures and video players, (online) Address Book and Control-Center. There's also the option of up to three different home screens and, of course, access to the Android Market for more third party apps.

The SmartPad comes with some pre-installed 1&1 apps such as music, pictures and video players, (online) Address Book and Control-Center, as well as access to third party apps from Android Market
The SmartPad comes with some pre-installed 1&1 apps such as music, pictures and video players, (online) Address Book and Control-Center, as well as access to third party apps from Android Market

As well as 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity and internet browsing via a Webkit browser, users are treated to 256MB DDR RAM and 1GB onboard Flash memory which is expandable via an SD card slot. The device can also masquerade as a media device remote control thanks to an infrared transmitter and 1&1's Control-Center app. Finishing off the published specs are an ambient light sensor, USB 2.0 port, headphone jack, 2800 mAh Lithium-ion battery and a built-in stand.

The device can also masquerade as a media device remote control thanks to an infrared transmitter and 1&1's Control-Center app
The device can also masquerade as a media device remote control thanks to an infrared transmitter and 1&1's Control-Center app

Although the cost of the SmartPad has been set at EUR299 (about US$376), the company is offering it as a complimentary gift to new subscribers to certain packages.

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