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At a time when Android and iOS are
dominating the tablet landscape,
it takes a bit of moxie to introduce
a completely new user interface.
Trying to put the debacle that was
the JooJoo behind it, Fusion Garage
has released the Grid10 tablet with a
novel grid-based interface.
As its name suggests, the Grid10
has a 10-inch display surrounded by a
1-inch bezel. All in all, it’s an attractive
tablet. The front face—a 10-inch screen
surrounded by a 1-inch glossy bezel—
looks sleek and minimalistic.
Physical volume controls would have
been nice on this slate. Fusion Garage
should at least make the volume icon
a little larger.
The 10.1 -inch, 1366 x 768 display
on the Grid10 is ideal for watching
HD movies. While the screen was a
bit of a fingerprint magnet, viewing
angles were wide enough for a few
people to cluster around the device.
Audio is definitely not one of the Grid10’s
strong suits; the speakers were barely audible
and quite tinny.
Fusion Garage crafted its own custom user
interface for the Grid10. The UI is based, as you
can see, on a grid pattern. The company deserves
credit for trying to craft something that stands out
from Android and iOS, but ultimately, it’s not as
The entire home screen of the Grid10 is made up
of squares; a number of these squares are populated
with icons, and clustered into groups based on
purpose. For example, the Music cluster has icons
for Last.FM, Live365, Pandora, and Rolling Stone.
Initially, the home screen measures 19 x 30
squares, but can expand infinitely. That’s a lot of
space to keep track of, which is why the Grid10
features a small map in the upper-right corner,
showing clusters of icons. You shouldn’t need a
map to navigate your tablet.
Swiping from the left brings up the Heartbeat,
which is sort of like the Grid10’s command center.
The top row of icons shows active applications.
Below are notifications, and below that are calendar
notifications. Under Ongoing, you’ll find suggestions
from the tablet about events, websites, and apps
based on your browsing history. It’s a neat idea in
theory, but the details need to be worked out.
Tap the globe icon to get the GridOS Global
Search, which searches both the web and the
tablet for the term you enter, and breaks results into
three columns. When we searched for “Michael,”
the first column listed imported contacts with that
name, the second column listed web pages cover-
ing everything from archangel Michael to Michael
Jackson, and the third column listed such items as
a trailer for the movie Michael and a map showing
every business with Michael in the title.
While the browser looks clean, you need
to swipe diagonally from one of the two lower
corners to bring up the controls. Instead of tabs,
in the lower-left corner is a small wheel that you
can rotate to select open windows.
The Grid10 performed well on our synthetic
tests. On An3DBench, it scored about 600 points
higher than the category average.
On the LAPTOP Battery Test, the tablet lasted
5:56, which is about one hour less than the tablet
It would have been very easy for Fusion Garage
to simply slap Honeycomb onto the Grid10 and
leave it at that, so we applaud the company
for taking a huge leap in creating its own user
Off the Grid
the Fusion Garage Grid10 tries to break into the tablet space
with a unique user interface, but the learning curve is too steep.
interface. And to be sure, there are a lot of great
innovations, such as the smart browser controls
and contextual menus.
However, the learning curve will be too steep for
many. We’d like to see Fusion Garage streamline
the interface so you don’t need a map on the home
screen. From a hardware standpoint alone, $299
for a 10-inch tablet is a bargain. Just know that
the Grid10 will require some patience.
Fusion Garage will release an update to its
OS, which it says will make the tablet faster, more
responsive, and more intuitive. Check out our
review online to see how well the updates work.
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CPU: 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 Operating System:
GridOS RaM/ROM: 512MB/ 16GB Display Size/
Resolution: 10.1 inches/1366 x 768 Wireless:
802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Camera:
1.3 - MP Ports: Headphone, proprietary Card
Slots: microSD Size: 10.8 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Smart contextual menus
No physical volume controls
At 0.4 inches, the Grid10 is pretty thin, but it weights a somewhat hefty 1.5 pounds.
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