Sharp Galapagos

Engadget: The Sharp Galapagos comes in two sizes: 5.5 and 10.8 inches. The 5.5-inch LCD sports a pixel format of 1024×600 and the larger 10.8-inch version packs 1366×800 pixels. I’m always curious as to whether new portable gadgets are getting anywhere close to Apple’s Retina Display’s resolution. So, I went to my handy-dandy PPI calculator and punched in some numbers. All numbers are in PPI (Pixels Per Inch).

  • Retina Display (~3.5 inches): 326
  • 5.5-inch Galapagos: 215.79
  • 10.8-inch Galapagos: 146.58
  • iPad (9.7 inches): 131.96

The Retina Display bests the 5.5-inch Galapagos by a mile. But the larger iPad has an anemic resolution of just around 132 PPI. My guess it that Apple is working hard to rectify this major difference by announcing in January a brand spanking new iPad packing an unheard of 2048×1536 pixels! Read “2011 iPad“. Back to the Galapagos, which by the way, was named that way because Sharp thinks these two ereaders are evolutionary. I couldn’t agree more: a very tiny evolutionary step these Galapagos ereaders are.

Both Galapagos ereaders sport WiFi BG, but no N, wireless connectivity. I would guess the Galapagos ereaders feature 3G connectivity since Sharp is touting automatic scheduled delivery of newspapers, magazines and books. Availability is slated for December and probably just in Japan.

Is there pent up demand for tablets that are small than the iPad? Sharp and Samsung as well as many others seem to think so. Does Apple? There are rumors of a 7-inch iPad in the works, but we’ll have to see come January.