The Pierre Cardin Tablet, the worlds first Android branded Tablet
We knew since Fashion Brands are all over branding phones with their names, it was only a matter of time before they hit the tablet scene. And first blood goes to Pierre Cardin, the French/Italian brand who have just released the Pierre Cardin Android Tablet, the first branded tablet in the world. It’s only a matter of time before better known and higher class brands such as Armani and Versace start hitting the tablet scene, so if you were holding out for a branded tablet, we’d hold out for those.
Unfortunately, their first Fashion faux pas (fashion slip up for you non-fashion cultured folks) is to release a tablet which is running Android 2.2, which would make it last seasons style. With Android Honeycomb 3.1 on the market now, and 3.2 on it’s way soon, the fact that this tablet is stuck on a OS that is 3 generations old (including 2.3 – Gingerbread), it’s already looking like a poor buy (especially with no update announcements). Course in all fairness, the Fashionistas looking at buying this might not know the difference, we feel it’s prudent to point it out.
However one TRUE fashion aspect the Pierre Cardin Tablet succeeds in, is overpricing a device due thanks to the 12 extra letters they had to work so hard on putting onto the tablet – Pierre Cardin. What you may not know, is that the Cardin Tablet is actually just a rebranded and rebadged Dropad A8 Tablet. Basically, it’s exactly the same as an A8, except it’s got the Pierre Cardin Logo on it, and most likely the start screen starts off with a Cardin logo as well. So the A8 cost $249 when it was released, the question is how much does the Cardin Tablet cost? Well for starters, you’ll be paying $181 more for absolutely nothing (well.. almost, you do get a leather Pierre Cardin case with it), for a total of $430 (or £275). Great.
In all fairness, the specs aren’t the worst you’ll see other there. The A8 (sorry the Cardin Tablet) features a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800×480, and it’s got a 1GHz Samsung Processor with 4GB of onboard (with MicroSD support up to 16GB) storage and 512MB of RAM.
Well it’s not the worst tablet to start of the Branded Tablet race with, after all it can play flash and has access to the Android store as well as a front facing camera. Then again, it does cost $430 with old technology. The choice is up to you.