While at TechXNY last week I got my hands on an interesting little device: The Pepper Pad 2 linux based tablet PC.
The idea behind the Pepper Pad is that is a simple to use portable wireless edevice for web browsing, emailing, and anything else it’s “Pocket PC on Steroids” specifications can handle.
The Pepper Pad 2 features a 624MHz xscale processor (same as on the best Pocket PCs, 256MB RAM, 32MB video RAM, 20GB 1.8″ hard drive, and a 8.4″ SVGA (800 x 600 pixel) LCD screen.
Other features of the Pepper Pad 2 are 802.11b/g wireless, bluetooth, USB (only USB 1.1 though), and a SD/MMC card slot. The Pepper Pad 2 also has a QWERTY keyboard (split into 2 parts on either side of the screen), a S-Pad, scroll wheel and a stylus for input.
The Pepper Pad 2 felt nice in my hand but wouldn’t be so nice to my wallet at $800. It seems a good gadget although I have to wonder if there is a big enough market for it to be a success.