When the Jide Remix appeared on Kickstarter early this year it caught the attention of the tech world for three reasons. The folks at Jide were offering every backer a Remix tablet, even those who jumped in fast at the $39 level.
Then there was the snap on keyboard, much like those for the Surface. And finally, The Remix runs a variant of Android produced by Jide, Remix OS.
Jide was started by former Google engineers with the goal of producing a premium tablet with a detachable keyboard, along with an OS to best take advantage of the hardware. It ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to get it going, and in just a few months has begun shipping them to backers.
Those wishing they'd backed the Jide Remix to get your hands on one can now do that. It is available (and shipping) on Amazon. It isn't cheap at $399 so you must be willing to take a risk on the tablet and new OS.
The hardware looks to be designed for work with the 11.6-inch display (1920 x 1080) which is large for Android tablets. It has the Nvidia Tegra processor, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The latter can be augmented through the microSD slot, up to 128GB.
The tablet looks much like the Surface tablets, especially with the keyboard attached. Unlike other Android tablets (or the iPad) that connect to keyboards via Bluetooth, the Remix uses a magnetic connection. This is again like the Surface tablets with the Type Cover from Microsoft.
The Remix OS is perhaps the most interesting part of the package. It is based on Android 4.4, aka KitKat, but has a revamped interface designed to work specifically with the tablet.
There is a built-in file manager and a task bar at the bottom of the screen. Sounds a lot like Windows, doesn't it? The best feature of Remix OS is the ability to run multiple windows at once which only a few Android tablets can do.