We reported on the Enso zenTab a few weeks back and what a let down it was. which was a shame because the tablet wars were just heating up and a good low cost Android tablet would have made a tremendous opening salvo.
Even in the space of a few weeks, things have moved on and Enso, having licked their wounds, are galloping back onto the battlefield wielding not one but three Android tablets with screens ranging in size from 5 to 10.2 inches.
The zenPad 2, the smallest of the triumvirate holds 800 by 480 pixels in its 5 inches of screen and runs Android 2.1 – as they all do – and which might well correct the fault in the original zenPad that prevented screens orientating correctly. This was down to Android 1.5 not having multi-screensize capacities: something Enso should have known. Nevertheless the zenPad 2 is available now for $219.
The zenPad 3 has a 7 inch screen but the same number of pixels as the 2 and is in every other way identical to it. The extra screen estate will however only cost you an extra $30 with the 3‘s pre-order price being $249.
The zenPad 4 is indeed an interesting beast and clearly created as a cheap alternative to the iPad – and why not? At $199 and with 10.2 inches of screen packing 1024 x 600 px, a 1GHz CPU and 2GB of internal storage, it doesn’t quite match up to the iPad‘s specs but the difference in the hardware hardly justifies an extra $300, does it? I guess the zenPad doesn’t come with a cool fruit based logo on the back.