Enterprise Mobility: T-Mobile Springboard Offers Solid Hardware, Blazing Speed

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-11-08 Print this article Print
Affordable Android

Affordable Android

The T-Mobile Springboard joins other low-priced tablets entering the market in time for the holiday season, most notably the Kindle Fire.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs might have very publicly derided 7-inch tablets as inferior to their larger touch-screen cousins, but that hasn't stopped a handful of manufacturers from trying their luck with that particular size. Amazon's Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and T-Mobile's new Springboard tablet (actually built by Huawei) will all compete this holiday season for shopping dollars. Of these devices, the Springboard holds a solid chance of drawing attention, thanks to some key features, including a low starting price ($179), 4G connectivity and a set of solid hardware specs that wouldn't be out of place in a more expensive tablet. The Springboard doesn't do anything particularly new or risky when it comes to either hardware or software. It runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb without any sort of special design tweaks (contrast that to Samsung's Android products, with their TouchWiz interface, or Amazon's complete Android makeover on the Kindle Fire), but with full access to the Android Marketplace's hundreds of thousands of apps. That could disappoint users who want a tablet that does something particularly innovative or shiny, but for those who simply want a reliable Android tablet capable of impressive speeds, backed by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the Springboard more than meets their needs. For a related article click here.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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