Tablet PCs are becoming very popular like the cellphones used to be some time back, later followed by smartphones. Now its the turn for tablet PCs. They are the right choice of equipment for those who are looking for a mobile device smarter than a smartphone, but not the bulk and mass of a laptop. There are plenty of models now and more tablet PC manufacturers out there and it is very tough to select among the lot. My interest in tablet PCs prompted me to do a small research and compile a report on top 10 tablets available in the market. This post will be updated and modified regularly in the whole of 2012, based on user reviews and new releases in the market.
Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2 looks simply as a modification to the original genre defining monster. But the truth is, it is much more than that. The tweaks and improvement made on them are significant enough to keep it well ahead of its Android pack. The gadget is powered by a dual core 1 GHz A5 processor and iOS 4.3.3 OS. This tablet got the best screen and comes with 1024*768 screen resolution. It is faster and more responsive than any other models in this category. Also the presence of thousands of useful Apps to go with it makes it to the top. All this comes with a battery life of 10hrs. Surprisingly, this Apple iPad is among the cheapest tablets in this category. But wait. Do you know that the latest iPad 3 will released by March? Maybe you need to take a look at it before you decide.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Asus Eee Pad is simply a gorgeous piece of equipment. This is so far the thinnest among all the other Android tablets. Eee Pad comes in a bundle with the keyboard dock. It’s stunning 1280*800 pixel screen is clear, bright and no viewing angle black spots. The gadget also holds a second battery which ensures that you get an additional 6 hrs of battery life. The slider keyboard mechanism is a joy to work. The keys have less depth compared to the previous version, but still it works fine. It was a tough decision to place it second next to Apple iPad. To know more details and full feature, visit Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
Motorola Xoom 3G
Motorola Xoom 3G is the first tablet to run Android Honeycomb OS. Another tablet with a 1GHz NVidia Tegra 2 dual core processor. The screen comes with a 1280*800 resolution. Motorola Xoom comes with a front facing 2MP camera and the rear facing camera is 5MP. Motorola Xoom gives users a wonderful web browsing, audio and video experience. Also there is HDMI and SD port. Motorola Xoom’s performance is better than most of the tablets in this section and don’t have much drawbacks. But for the sake of finding mistake, this model is a bit pricy. This model is surely going to give iPad2 a tough competition.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab comes in 10” by 7” and .3” thickness. The tab is powered by dual core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor. The tab uses the Android Honeycomb 3.1 operating system and is simple to use. The tab is thinner compared to most tablets. It has a high definition screen which allows viewing HD movies. Speaker and headphone sound quality is good. It has a 3MP camera in the rare and 2MP camera in the front. There is also great variety of Apps in the Android store. However, the tablet failed to perform smoothly when it comes to opening multiple tabs for browsing, slow battery charge, weak document functioning and no USB or HDMI port.
Sony Tablet S
Sony Tablet comes in a 9.5” by 6.8” and .3” thickness. The tab is powered by Nvidia 1GHz Tegra 2 processor with Android operating system. The display comes in a 9″ inch screen with a 1280*800 resolution, the picture quality is very good for watching movies and the sound quality is very good. The Apps in this tablet is a great compliment to this model. The front facing camera is just 0.3MP and the rear facing camera is 5MP. Unfortunately there is no HDMI port and there is no option to add more memory. The battery charge lasted only less than 5hr which is somewhat okay. But not too bad to get listed in this top tablets list.
Acer Iconia Tab A100
Acer Iconia, yet another tablet with a Nvidia 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, but comes with Android Honeycomb operating system. The Apps work perfectly with the operating system proves that honeycomb is the best when it comes to tablet specific Apps. The display comes in 1280*800. Multimedia experience is also great with this model. The front facing camera is just 2MP and the rear facing camera is 5MP. The disappointment for this model is that the battery life stands only for 5hr and not so great design compared to the other tablets in the category.
Viewsonic Viewpad 7x
Viewsonic Viewpad looks similar to Acer A100. Display screen is 7”. The design of the device is very gorgeous. The resolution of the screen is 600*1024. This model comes with a spinning 3D desktop. The tablet is powered by dual core Tegra 2 processor with Android Honeycomb. Stereo speakers and HDMI is available for entertainment. The performance is fast but there is problem when it comes to scrolling and opening apps. Also the battery life seems to drain out quickly on overusing 3D feature. This tablet is still one of the most flexible high end tablets in the market today.
Blackberry Playbook is aptly named with a sharp 7” display, a user friendly OS, versatile and HD video camera. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz dual core Cortex A9 CPU and use PowerVR GPU for graphical interaction. Blackberry tablet OS is still in early development, but works very good on the tablet. It is equipped with a 5MP camera on the rear end and a secondary 3MP. Battery life is good unless you decide to drain it quickly by watching movies. Drawbacks include absence of memory card and absence of 2G and 3G communications. Hopefully that will be taken care of soon in the next version. Another one is lack of good Apps compared to Android and iOS tablets.
Andy Pad Pro
Andy Pad Pro is for the budget conscious buyers who just want to get things done rather than worry about the big brand names. The tablet is powered by 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor and use Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Compared to the earlier version of this model now comes with a high quality touchscreen with 1024*600 resolution. There is a 2MP camera on the back and the front facing camera is only 0.3MP. The tablet had its disadvantage too. There are some issues with Apps and battery didn’t last up to 6hrs without recharging as told by the manufacturer. However a good buy for the budget conscious.
Kogan Agora is for those who don’t expect much from a tablet which don’t have a huge brand name to back it up. The tablet is very cheap. You will be surprised how this tablet performs. Web browsing, playing games and video worked perfectly fine. The model has a front facing camera, but there is no rear one. It’s even got support for HDMI and slots for expandable memory.