Olivetti Olipad 100 gets unboxed and handled in italiano (video)
If the extent of your mastery of the Italian language entails adding an unnecessary "a" after every other word and gesticulating with your hands, like Jen in that episode of The I.T. Crowd, you may not get a lot from the nine minute and 39 second video below. Still, it's worth at least a quick look. It's an unboxing and hands-on of the Olivetti Olipad 100, including an extensive display of the customized interface that sits atop Android and, honestly, doesn't look half bad. Performance, driven by an ARM Cortex A9, looks quite good on this €394 tablet, which works out to about $550. For the rest of the detailed impressions you'll have to drop your former pen-pal in Florence a line and see if she can translate for you, then you can lament about how you just can't get good carbonara in the States.

Update: Sasha was kind enough to provide a translation. It's after the break!



Finally, we have between my hands the Olipad, for real. The Italian tablet from Olivetti. We open- and here we have the tablet, manual and instructions, cleaning cloth and instructions for the docking station, power, power adapter.

Resolution 1024 by 600. We turn it on, here's the on button. Alright, we're going to see in the time it's turning on, the ports, here we have the Micro USB port, USB normal, micro SD, speakers (audio), headphones, power.

[he flips to the other side]

Microphone, sim card slot for 3g connection, outlet for the docking station. [flips it again] speakers, volume. [it turns on now].

Here, the keys, search, home, menu, and back. The home screen is divided into three screens, they are personalizeable, The version of Android that Olivetti made is a division into 3 screens. Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2, dual core, 1GB RAM. At the bar at the top we have the notifications, WI-Fi connection, battery, and 3g. Provided connections are bluetooth, wifi and 3g. Then in a moment we can connect a sim. [gesticulating to the app drawer] From here I can access the applications, where there are already pre-installed applications. It's possible to access through the app shop, it has a series of apps free of charge.[opens browser] Web browsing. It's multi-touch, thus I can enlarge and shrink. Very reactive and fast.

Mail- email [opens and closes mail app]. Pre-configured is Biblet, which would be Telecom Italia's reader. We can change the page. There are many titles immediately available in the application. Music, let's listen to something. Ok, youtube shortcut. The pro would be the possibility to decide how to view sites, thus you can choose for a tablet screen, or if you like, how you would see on a normal PC desktop. Standard settings, and we'll leave that. The processor supports full HD video. There isn't an HDMI Port, but it's possible to connect HDMI 1.3 with the help of the docking station.

We'll see some other pre-installed application. Ok, we say the screens are personalizeable, so i can decide to see the weather on the primary screen. I can also put Photos, or some other application. You can also see newspapers.

The photo app....

The tablet has a camera of 1.3mp, for video and photo. Here we have the brightness sensor. Below, the mechanism for charging the battery. The battery is a battery of 3600mAh.

I can also make a slideshow, there's also the ability to connect any Picasa albums.

Well, we have given a first look- we'll do another video, more in-depth, with the other applications, other features, of the tablet.