Sharp brought along their duo of Android-based ereader tablets, the 10.8-inch Sharp Galapagos Home and 5.5-inch Sharp Galapagos Mobile, to CEATEC 2010 this week, and SlashGear Japan stopped by to see if the prototypes were up to scratch. Thankfully Sharp still have a couple of months before the slates' December launch in Japan, since right now the custom UI is sluggish and some navigation - such as multitouch gestures - can be painfully slow.
Video demos after the cut
In the videos below, you can see the delay as the Galapagos tries to fill up the virtual bookshelves with thumbnails, as well as the lag involved when a title is selected. Still, the UI itself is good, and once ebooks are loaded the text is clear and - on the larger Home model particularly - very comfortable to read.
If Sharp can get the Galapagos up to speed then they might be in with a chance; until then, they pale in comparison to what's on offer with the iPad or various far faster Android slates. More hardware details here.
Sharp Galapagos "Mobile":
Sharp Galapagos "Home":
[via Android Community]