Just because you want an Android tablet doesn’t mean that you have to bump all the way up to the 10-inch or even the 7-inch offerings on the market. Archos has some smaller tablets too and joining that arena is a new entry from Latte Communications. It’s called the ICE Smart Media Player and its screen measures the same five inches across the diagonal as the Dell Streak.
Except, as you can imagine, it’s not a phone. In this way, it’s probably closer in scope to challenging the iPod touch, as well as other smaller Android tablets. Power comes by way of an 800MHz ARM11 processor with built-in 3D acceleration and the ICE Smart Media Player ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. They say that it can support 1080p full HD video playback, though the display only has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Too bad it’s capacitive.
Rounding out the spec sheet is 802.11b/g Wi-Fi (where’s the N?), g-sensor, speaker and mic, USB OTG support, 8GB internal storage, and a microSD slot. It’s unclear whether Latte Communications got the full authorization, so I can’t say for sure whether this’ll do Android Market. There are so many Android tabs that don’t so buyer beware. But at only $189.99, which is $60 cheaper than its regular price. As an iPod touch alternative, you could do a lot worse.