The tablet market is getting more crowded now with Creative joining the battle. Yeap, the Sound Blaster maker is launching Android Tablet. The Creative ZiiO Tablets (Which I’m still trying to figure out how to pronounce it) comes in 2 sizes, 7 inch and 10 inch.
The ZiiO Tablets is running on Android 2.1 instead of the latest Android 2.2. It has Bluetooth 2.1 EDR with apt-X and A2DP for streaming high fidelity stereo wirelessly to all compatible stereo Bluetooth speakers and headphones. And since the Tablet is from Creative, there is also X-Fi Audio Enhancements. The ZiiO Tablet does not come with 3G version, so WIFI is all you got to stay connected while on the move.
The 7 inch model comes in white colour, weighs 400g and is 20.74 x 13.3 x 1.37 cm. The 10 inch model comes in black colour, weighs 650g and is 26.2 x 17.3 x 1.37 cm. Both models come in 8GB and 16GB memory capacities. The 7 inch version uses microSD while the 10 inch version uses SD card.
There is a front facing camera although there aren’t many Android devices with front facing camera. I wonder if there is any application in the Android Marketplace that make full use of a front facing camera. Speaking of Android Marketplace, there is no mention of Android Marketplace in the press release. Which makes me wonder if the ZiiO Tablets have access to the Android Marketplace. But not to worry, Creative have their own Zii Store.
I find it weird that Creative choose to adopt a resistive touchscreen instead of the favorite capacitive screen. I guess that is to cut down the cost of the Tablet. There is no multi-touch too since it is a resistive screen. It even comes with a stylus. I wonder how does it feel using a stylus on Android.
The 7 inch version cost S$359.00 (8GB) and S$389.00 (16GB). The 10 inch version cost S$429.00 (8GB) and S$459.00 (16GB). It will be available at the Creative online store from end December 2010 onwards.
I guess Creative is positioning the ZiiO as a budget tablet. I must say that the pricing is pretty attractive. I haven’t got the chance to try it out myself. I wonder how is the user experience like.
By the way, anyone remember the Creative Zii MediaBook? What happened to it anyway?