Sharp IS01 now available worldwide, starting at $246

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Need a break from the eternal parade of Android tablets?

Then sit back and let me refresh your memory about a little Android clamshell called the Sharp IS01 that was first introduced in March. It's powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and has a 5-inch 960 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, rear and front-facing cameras, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, full QWERTY keyboard, trackball, 3.4GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot.

In its hometown of Japan, it's also a cell phone and has 3G connectivity. Neither of those functions are available for use outside of Japan, but the complete Android experience (Market, etc.) is present and works without issue over WiFi, which makes the IS01 quite capable as an Android MID or handheld smartbook.

The best part is that it's now available for less than $250 from Conics. The device is only running Android 1.6, which is far from ideal but really not too bad considering the price. Oh, and you can also get the white or sky blue version for an additional fee.

Update: See my first impressions of the Sharp IS01 for more info.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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