Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cherry Mobile Fusion Tablet

It may sound a bit strange, but the first Android tablets were not manufactured by Samsung or Asus, but by unknown manufacturers, and were sold in the market as Apads and ePads. These devices were not too well built and underpowered, but were priced  below Php4,000. These tablets could be found in stalls in Green Hills, and covered by short service warranties. 

More that two years later, Cherry Mobile has brought out a table price for less than Php4,000. The Cherry Mobile Fusion is priced a Php3,699. The tablet has a 7-inch display with a low 800 x 600 resolution.

No dual core processors here. The Cherry Mobile Fusion is powered by a 1 GHz single core processor and 512 MB of RAM. It has a WiFi and a VGA front camera, but no Bluetooth. The battery is a 3200 mAh unit, a bit smaller than what you normally expect from a 7-inch tablet.

You can only expect so much for the Php3,699. That is the perspective from the glass, half empty.

Looking at it differently, the Cherry Mobile Fusion does come with Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich, out of the box. The 1 GHz processor has just enough processing power to make the Cherry Mobile Fusion a relevant device for the next year or so. The Cherry Mobile Fusion is also backed by a one year warranty. That is not a bad deal for just Php3,699. 

The Cherry Mobile Fusion, is a unremarkable, but interesting device. With its low price, it will give people who could never afford one before, access to a computer decent computer supported by a manufacturers warranty. The Cherry Mobile Fusion won't appeal to the techie or the long time Android user. But I suspect a lot of these things will be sold, and for thousands of people the Internet and the wealth of information on it. That is the perspective from the glass half full.

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