Android has long needed a non-phone “iPod Touch” equivalent as a way of introducing consumers to the platform, after all, the Touch has served for many as a low-cost gateway drug to everything that iOS has to offer. Offering a reasonably priced media player with app support provides a much needed bridge for those not ready to sign a 2-year contract for a smartphone plan, or the cost commitment of purchasing a $400-$500+ tablet.
Thus far, the early Android media players have lacked both the quality and form factor that have made the iPod Touch a hit. Units from Archos have perhaps come closest, but the smaller, non-tablet models are still bulky and clearly inferior in comparison. What’s been needed is a device from one of the main Android phone manufacturers that can deliver the “Android phone without the phone” experience that the iPod Touch serves as for the iPhone. Read more