In the technology industry, true beauty has always lay beneath the surface. There’s just no point in having something that looks nice if it doesn’t do anything – that’s an ornament, not a gadget. Enter the Pierre Cardin Tablet. Does fashion-consciousness cost the tablet usability? Read on.
Firstly – it looks nice. Well, it looks like an iPad, with a few more ports in the side and a big ring around the camera. It’s a bit disappointing that the best Pierre Cardin’s designers can do is copy Apple – you’d imagine that being a designer, that’s what the company would bring to the table.
The leather case is also adequately beautiful, adding a touch leathery-class to the glass and aluminium tablet. Personally, it’s our favourite bit.
The slate boasts a 7” multi-touch screen, putting the device (size-wise) in direct competition with the Samsung Galaxy Tablet. The resolution, however, is a humble 800×480 – much worse than Samsung’s 1024×600, and more akin to a modern mobile phone than a tablet computer.
In fact, the Pierre Cardin falls short of the Samsung in most areas. The Galaxy has two cameras (1.3MB on the front, 3MB with autofocus and flash on the back), Pierre just has one, front-mounted. The Galaxy Tab has 592MB RAM, le Cardin? 512MB. Weight-wise, the Galaxy, at 380g looks super-model light in comparison; its rival is 520g. Sadly, the Galaxy is thinner, too.
So where does the designer tablet do better? Well, it has a 4400mAh battery – compared with the Samsung’s 4000mAh, so if you need an extra hour or so (the Galaxy runs for 13 hours), the Cardin device is better. It’s also got that cool leather case that we mentioned earlier. Oh, and you’ll find it for around £15 cheaper.
Both tablets feature the Samsung A8 1.0Ghz processor, so expect no differences there. The Pierre Cardin has 4GB built-in storage – more than the Galaxy’s 2GB – however, the Pierre Cardin microSD slot only supports 16GB cards, while the Galaxy takes up to 32GB. Oh dear.
And both tablets run Android 2.2 (Froyo), which neither should boast about – Android 3.0 Honeycomb (designed for tablets) should really be the de facto OS on all tablets this side of the calendar.
All-in, it’s a little disappointing that a brand new tablet is out-performed by the older Samsung Galaxy price, for around the same price. It looks nice, though. But then so does the Galaxy.