Android Multi-Touch Tablet Prototype Hands-on Review! [Web 2.0 Expo]

Today, I was at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco as soon as it was open (as I blogged about it several hours before).  Upon walking around the exhibit floor, I quickly found Adobe.

Oddly, they were displaying all smartphones such as Google’s Android phone like Nexus One, Droid and the Palm Pre but nowhere was an iPhone nor iPad to be found.

(Sorry, Apple, no free lunch for you at Adobe’s booth this time!)

Upon closer look, I found Adobe had one of the Google Android Tablet prototype running Android OS 2.1 (I believe).

The Google Android Tablet was in its real “prototype” shape with acrylic used as its enclosure.

The best part about the Google Android Tablet?

It runs Adobe’s Flash and Air apps flawlessly.  That was the first time I saw Adobe’s Air apps running on a tablet and totally impressed by how it ran.  And now I can understand why Apple wants to ban Flash and other Adobe products completely from their iPhones and iPads, because it’s rather incredible technology.

The prototype that was demo-ed at the Web 2.0 Expo show was showing the current workings of the Wired magazine’s Google Tablet app.   Certainly, it looks like Google Android tablet will make a big impact on worldwide tablet sales.

I, for one, want to get one of these over an iPad, simply because I need the choice of having “flash” on my tablet computer.   What’s the point of carry a 10-inch slab of technology if it doesn’t give you the best of both worlds?

According to Mike at Adobe, there will be a slew of Android Tablets at the end of this year (maybe November/December) that will flood the iPad market.   Although Mike couldn’t tell me which companies were working on this (other than NVidia), it seemed to me that like a LOT of companies will be launching various different versions of the Android Multi-touch tablets at the end of this year.

For those of you who have successfully held out on buying an iPad, it might be a smart idea to wait until the Android multi-touch tablets come out to the market as they will probably be cheaper plus you will be able to use Adobe’s flash and air applications.  This certainly means that you could possibly use all your regular desktop Adobe air applications (such as Twitter clients) right on the new Android Tablet device.

Video of Android Multi-Touch Tablet running beta of Wired magazine’s app:


Video of Android Multi-Touch Tablet running Adobe Flash on YouTube:


Hands-on Review Video of Android Multi-Touch Tablet Prototype Part 1:


Hands-on Review Video of Android Multi-Touch Tablet Prototype Part 2:


*Update: Just wanted to clarify, flash didn’t crash here, I just accidentally hit the “home” button while I was really trying to hit the “back” button. Android users know that you get an error message if an app crashes, I know because I have a Nexus One. There’s hidden home,back, and power buttons (on the side of the prototype) u do not see in the videos/photos, sorry if that confused any readers.

Also see my latest review of the Archos 7-inch Android Tablet!

For more pictures, check out the gallery below!

(Flash on Android Tablet prototype)

(Thanks to Mike at Adobe for letting me take pictures and videos, you (and Adobe) ROCK!)

212 Responses to Android Multi-Touch Tablet Prototype Hands-on Review! [Web 2.0 Expo]

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  6. Anonymous says:

    as usual they get all “oh up yours apple” and they show some pointless youtube video.

    Try running one of them idiotic flashbased homepages, and what about all sites using realtime keyboard input? what about flashsites using heavy graphics algoritms

    flash is more than video.

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  8. T.D. says:

    You people need to read, everyone seems to have posted the exact thing about the flash crashing in some video. HTML5 is still shitty compared to flash, here is a video that actually proves that.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Allright, did any of you “crash-reporters” actually notice what caused the ‘window’ to close? It’s one thing to be a blind follower of a fruit-promoting individual, it’s another to blindly conclude something crashes when it’s removed from the screen.

    *For the clueless…watch the left hand at the left upper corner (isn’t multitouch a hoot?! 🙂 )

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  14. alex says:

    Oh my you people are dense. The browser did not crash, if you have ever used ANY android device you’d know that an error message pops up when an app crashes. It is so amazing how all the Apple sheep start bashing Flash because their devices won’t get it. You don’t change web standards just because your messiah Steve Jobs says so. I hate all these “tech nerds” with iPhones that have no clue how the technology works and act like they do.

    Wouldnt know good technology if it bit you in the ass. Makes sense why you’re all using iPhones.

    Posted from a Droid.

  15. Saket says:

    If this is your “flawlessly” working flash powered Tablet, what would be your “crashing” then?!?

  16. Ronnie says:

    The browser didnt crash. He accidentally hit the home button… look at the end of his post

  17. quasar says:

    If that was true that he hit the home button, then why did the application not come back? The reporter keeps talking about how great the tablet was while the system failed to come back. Seems odd that he was so quick in trying to explain the home button issue while not explaining why the application did not come back?

    Another thing, why did they not do the whole thing over again instead of just posting this failed demonstration? If he just hit the home button, all they had to do was to restart the demonstration again. It seems odd that they would post a failed demonstration on the Internet.

    Just a thought.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Why would you want a device using Android… Google will know everything you do, where you click, browsing patterns and then will sell that info to the marketers. … take this device so we can spy on you… What kind of a business model is that? What value are they adding to society?

  23. alex says:

    To the poster above me:

    If you really think that is happening then you need mental help.

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  38. Teknisyan says:

    nice.. another tablet in the soon to be crowded tablet-slate market.

  39. yonose says:

    You know,

    If i could afford one of these, i wouldn’t surf trough “dangerous” websites…
    Google corp. does really do a huge info catcher and reseller!!
    Remember chromeOS??

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