ICE Smart is cross between tablet and phone, being marketed as iPod touch

Even though we here at Pocketables love small tablets, I have always felt the 5-inch screen size was a bit of a no man's land for devices. Mostly this is because the screen is a bit too small to be used as a tablet, but also a bit too large to be a phone. The Dell Streak was somewhat successful at marketing the form factor as a phone, but a company called Latte Communications is attempting to take the form factor to the MID market with its new ICE Smart.

Most of the device's specifications, like the 800MHz processor, WiFi connectivity, and 5-inch 800 x 480 display, are reminiscent of mid-range Android smartphones. Some upgrades like an HDMI port and USB host capabilities were added to make the tablet a more functional media device, but for some reason the company decided to opt for a resistive touch panel over a capacitive one. This decision was probably made to reduce costs, but it means multitouch will not work and response will not be as smooth.

The included Android version is not the tablet-oriented Honeycomb; it is instead the latest version of the phone OS, 2.3 Gingerbread. Since the device has a standard phone resolution, this was probably the right choice and will work well for anything you want this device to do.

Even though the low-resolution resistive display will lessen the device's appeal, it did help keep the cost down to an iPod touch busting $190. Still, I would recommend both the iPod touch and the Samsung Galaxy WiFi devices before this, as long as price is not a problem. However, if you are looking for a small Android MID right now, this might be the best available.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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