Originally Posted by Kumabjorn
Don't hold your breath, Sharp is in serious decline right now, every quarter is billion dollar loses, they will find a way to mess this thing up too.
They have a tendency to overload their phones and tablets with bloatware galore. People don't realize this so after a while they are all confused as why their device don't react when tapping the screen and it freezing up for five minutes or so before you can do anything on it again.
This is exactly what happened to a lot of Samsung phones in the early days of Android. They would be fine when first bought but once the user loaded a lot of apps on it and used it for a few months, lagginess and lockups would occur. So methinks it is more a symptom of early Android than of anything else. With later flavors -- ie, ICS and JB -- the OS is a lot smoother. Initial reports of the Aquos Pad from the few hands-on reviews report no issue with responsiveness.
Of course, this is all moot for many of us if the Aquos Pad won't be sold outside of Japan. To get it gray market would probably be cost-prohibitive. But should the device be a success -- at least in terms of its battery life -- then it may have very good and major implications for the rest of the tablet market going forward, assuming Sharp will continue to develop IGZO and produce it for other tablet makers.