Fusion Garage slashes $200 off Grid 10 tablet

By on September 12, 2011, 11:30 AM

Fusion Garage has lowered the price of their upcoming Grid 10 tablet to $299 for the Wi-Fi model and $399 for the Wi-Fi + 3G version. The $200 cut comes just days ahead of the scheduled September 15 ship date.

It seems that HP may have found the secret to success against Apple’s dominant iPad, although they did so at the cost of their own tablet. When HP announced that they were discontinuing their WebOS-based TouchPad tablet and slashing the intro price to $99, consumers quickly gobbled up the entire remaining inventory.

HP was admittedly surprised at the overwhelming response and is preparing a final run of 200,000 units which will likely be spoken for via pre-orders through the company’s online store.

At $299, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Fusion Garage move a sizable number of tablets. The Grid 10 features a dual-core Nvidia Tegra II processor operating at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Highlights of the device include a high-resolution 1366 x 768 display and a custom Grid OS based on an Android kernel.

Grid OS is not a reskin of Android, but a new OS completely. As the name suggests, the home screen of the device is based on a grid map used to organize clusters, or folders.

Engadget says the price cuts went into effect earlier this morning. There is no indication if those that already pre-ordered ahead of the price cut were required to pay upfront and if so, if they will be refunded the difference.
 




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grumpiman said:

So does new OS mean a sparse list of apps available for it and how come I don't see Angry Birds displayed on the home screen?

Guest said:

@grumpiman

Probably because the tablet isn't even out yet and the os has never been seen before

1977TA said:

grumpiman said:

So does new OS mean a sparse list of apps available for it and how come I don't see Angry Birds displayed on the home screen?

Taken from their website:

"GridOS supports Android Apps. Android Apps runs on GridOS without requiring any redevelopment or new code. With thousands of apps available, you with never be bored with GridOS."

Pretty cool!

ikesmasher said:

Tablet makers are finding out what consumers found common sense after the first "iPad rival" was released! DONT SELL YOUR TABLET FOR MORE THEN LIKE HALF of the ipad, because quite frankly, i would rather have an ipad!

Guest said:

ikesmasher wrote: "Tablet makers are finding out what consumers found common sense after the first "iPad rival" was released! DONT SELL YOUR TABLET FOR MORE THEN LIKE HALF of the ipad, because quite frankly, i would rather have an ipad!"

iPad has SERIOUS limitations for regular users that make it more of a toy than a computer replacement.

Scenario:

Vacation, taken only my tablet with me.

1. Took a bunch of pictures and videos on my camera and want to view them. iPad does not have a SD card reader, nor does it have the ability to connect directly to the hotel's LCD TV via HDMI.

2. Kids want to watch a video on the tablet since it is raining. Have some encoded movies on a USB flash drive. Oops, can't do anything with that since iPAd does not support USB drives.

Work, going to see a client but bring along the tablet only

1. Can't show presentation to client since there is no way to connect iPad to projector.

2. Need to make a quick change to a Word document but there is no internet access or 3G access. Oops. No way to import/export the document.

For my $449, I rather have a Lenovo tablet, 10.1" 1200 x 800 resolution, full size USB connection supporting flash drives, HDMI output with 1080p out, and SD card reader -- all on the side of the tablet meaning no funky cables to drag around, Android 3.1, and a case that converts to a full size keyboard with the tablet holder.

Guest said:

I agree with the previous Guest. iPads may be a fun toy that everyone loves, but it's limitations prevent me from ever desiring to purchase one. I stay clear from any company whose proprietary restrictions cause me to go to great lengths to use their products, not to mention the lack of support for such obvious technologies - such as Apple and Sony.

Obviously there are millions of happy users of these products and I say - enjoy!

But these companies and their products are not for me.

Guest said:

I'm completely agree with the Guests before me...

Another scenario:

As usual I'm in a computer business.

I go to check on remote place something and I need to run some check and scripts

Scripts have to be on my server machine to run.

Since the first run you figured you need some important modifications.

As iPad lover you have all this on your iPad as well - so you do...

But here is the problem

- no 3G or WiFi around since most corporate server rooms are shielded and secured.

- no bloody way to get the other type of connectivity - no USB, or other memory device, no even a way to print on a paper :-)

- no way to open any console - since no connection...

- many other problems...

BUT - hay you are smartass and bring the iPad USB cable with you!!!

Ok you are connected to some machine.... and ...

Oh yes - for some fancy reason (Steve I like this, really!) you have to install a bunch of software to allow your iPad to communicate somehow.

And I'm sure will not find a fellow admin like to have this kind of soft on the server space :-)

... but let say there a sideways ... so you do ... and get the job done.

And we coming the way back and go to main office to show result file which is let say 3-4MB.

So coming there you start again the saga with transferring when several managers looking hungry for result... :-)

Look as a nice scenario ugh?

Please mention I don't even said that something cant be done through iPad.

Well honestly I don't want iPad. I don't have. I will not buy one.

For me as for lot of guys on my hand - iPad is a flashy toy never prepared for a business world.

All this 'magical' things are for public... and most of this 'magic' i don't like since is open only for their side and cant be proven secure for us. (Well Apple we know you track us on all we using.)

Mostly I will wait for a better alternatives and I see they are coming pretty fast.

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