2011 would go down in history as the year in which tablet computers truly came into their own trend. A spate of tablet launches was seen from biggies like Samsung, Viewsonic, HP, LG and not to mention Apple. The iPad was the one that really opened up the tab market though. There have been many tablet launches since then and here we list down a few which we feel are the best bet for your money.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
ASUS is keeping its options open by introducing different tablet varieties for consumers to choose from. The best in their tablet range is undoubtedly the Eee Pad Transformer. This is one powerful tablet as it uses an Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core CPU. The tab also runs the latest version of Android’s Honeycomb. Its screen is a 10.1” capacitive unit with a display resolution of 1280×800 pixels. It also has a HDMI out port and front and rear facing cameras. The Transformer also comes with a full size keyboard dock which makes it an even more attractive package. With such a feature list, the Transformer is without doubt the best Android tablet computer in the market today.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung has pretty much hit the bull’s eye with the improved Galaxy Tab. For an out and out tablet computer, the Galaxy Tab has few rivals. It is powered by the Tegra 2 Dual Core 1GHz CPU which is also used in many of the Galaxy’s rivals today. While this may a result in a similar performance across all tablets, the Galaxy simply smokes the competition if you consider portability as criteria. Also, you can get far better performance from this device, if you remove the unwanted bloat wares but for that you should have to root the device first. It is the thinnest and lightest 10” tablet in the world, yes even including the iPad 2. So unless you really need a keyboard dock, this one is the right tab for you. It has 1GB of RAM, a 10.1” capacitive screen at 1280×800 pixels resolution and weighs a mere 599 gm. The Tab runs Android 3.0 out of the box and has a 3MP rear facing camera while a 2MP camera does duty at the front.
One of the first tablet computers to use Nvidia’s Tegra 2 Dual Core processor, the Xoom was greeted with much excitement upon its release. Motorola has really upped the ante with the Xoom and we can only expect it to get better. Specs wise, the Xoom runs pretty much everything top of the line. Apart from its dual core 1 GHz processor, it has 1GB RAM, 32GB flash storage and a 10.1” capacitive LCD screen with 1280×800 pixels resolution. A 5MP camera is present at the rear while a 2MP unit rests in the front. The Xoom has a host of sensors including a proximity one, an ambient one and a barometer and gyroscope. It runs the latest version of Android as well.
BlackBerry phones are designed to be the perfect mobile business solution and the Playbook follows in the same vein. BlackBerry has made it very portable and business people will appreciate its petite size. The Playbook measures 130×194 mm which means it can be held perfectly in one hand or be slipped into a small carry pouch or even carried around in the hand all day. It is powered by a 1Ghz Cortex A9 Dual Core processor and has 1 GB of RAM. The screen is a 7” capacitive unit with a resolution of 1024×600. On the downside, the Playbook lacks an email app and the requirement of owning a BlackBerry smartphone is too much to digest. The Playbook is also hamstrung by the lack of an app market.
Apple iPad 2
Even in the face of increased competition, the iPad 2 continues to be the best selling tablet computer in the market today. Apple’s tablet has many things going for it. It runs a 1GHz Dual Core A5 processor and has the powerful SGX543 chip handling graphic duties. It comes in three storage capacities – 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The screen is a beautiful IPS unit with a 1024×768 resolution. Color reproduction of the screen is fantastic and so are the black levels. When it comes to portability, the iPad 2 is next only to the Galaxy Tab. It also sports a HDMI out in addition to front and rear facing cameras with the rear one capable of 720p video recording. The iPad 2 runs the latest version of Apple’s iOS which has proved to be the slickest of all tablet operating systems.