The tablet race has been going on for a while and there is now a new player in it. This one comes from Sharp and unlike competitors it uses Ubuntu Linux, which makes it so special.
It seems strange that tablet comes with Ubuntu installed, but that might be a good thing for all the Linux users out there. This tablet named NetWalker PC-T1 is using Ubuntu 9.04 Linux ARM and it comes with all other software pre installed, such as OpenOffice.ord, Firefox, Thunderbird and Flash Lite. That’s about the software that its using, but what about hardware specifications?
Net Walker PC-T1 has decent specifications which will satisfy all your needs. It uses FreeScale i.MX515 processor, 512MB RAM and 8GB flash storage, but for some reason only 1.5 GB is usable. Now, it wouldn’t be a NetWalker if it didn’t have great connectivity. As for that it supports Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and WiFi 802.11b/g as well, which will be more than enough for average users. This tablet has microSD/SDHC slot, a USB port, a miniUSB port for recharging but unlike its big brother PC-Z1 this model doesn’t have QWERTY keyboard.
Unusual as it might be, the older model from NetWalker series also uses Ubuntu, but PC-T1 has far more attractive design. But even with better design and Linux installed, does it have enough to race with iPad? Only time will tell, anyhow people from Sharp did a nice job on this one.