The tablet market sure has increased in size ever since the iPad single handedly revolutionized it and transformed the relatively unknown and ugly touch screen equipped computers into thin and sleek devices that anyone can use for any purpose. With Android Honeycomb entering the market, things started heating up even faster – and the experience is so much better with the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version.
There have been quite a few new tablets announced for this year, and you couldn’t have picked a better time to buy one. With that in mind, I made a short list of the best tablets that will be released this yearand which you should look at if you’re in the market for a new slate – be sure to check them out before deciding which device to buy:
The new iPad.The new iPad is a perfect tablet for those who already own Apple devices or just want a simple to use, elegant and sturdy tablet that will last for a long time and still have a great resale value. The new iPad succeeds the iPad 2 and brings along a few nice improvements: the 9.7 inch touch screen with a 2048×1536 pixels resolution, a faster dual core processor and more RAM, a world radio that will work on any network, GSM or CDMA, with 4G LTE support and the new iOS 5.1 operating system.
Toshiba Excite X10 LE. The Toshiba Excite X10 LE has been a long time coming, and now you can finally see it on sale. The tablet is a very attractive device, with an aluminum housing, ultra-thin profile (only 7.7 mm!) and all the hardware features you may need, from Wifi N to GPS to HDMI out. The performance is also on par with the fastest tablets on the market, thanks to the IT OMAP 4430 dual core processor running at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. You can find it in two models, with 32 and 16 GB of storage space, and I suggest you get the former since there’s no way to extend the memory with a micro SD card.
Asus Transformer Prime TF201.The Transformer Prime made waves in the tablet market when it first came out and it’s still one of the most popular tablets on the market. The new TF201 model brings several improvements, with the most important one being the quad core processor – NVidia’s Tegra 3 running at 1.5 GHz, which makes it one of the fastest tablets in the world. The other hardware specs are equally impressive, with 32/64 GB of storage space, an 8 megapixels camera on the back, HDMI out, micro SD card slot and of course, the Mobile Dock, which turns the tablet into a full-fledged netbook, giving you a lot of flexibility.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.If you want a tablet with the most flexibility for things other than typing, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a perfect choice. It’s got a 10 inch display with a 1280×800 pixels resolution and a Wacom digitizer with pressure sensitivity, which allows you to use a stylus (included with the device) to take notes, write and draw anything. The hardware performance is also on a high level – there’s a 1.4 GHz dual core processor under the hood with 1 GB of RAM, two cameras, HDMI out, HSPA+ support and more. The tablet also has a very nice design and runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
Panasonic ELUGA Power.Panasonic has surprised everyone with their new devices at this year’s MWC, and the ELUGA Power is definitely one of the most attractive smartphone/tablet hybrids out there. It has a 5 inch display with a 1280×720 pixels resolution, but it still fits amazingly well in one hand thanks to the D-shaped back and the ultra-narrow bezel on both sides of the display. The hardware specs are also befitting of a newly high end phone – the device has a dual core 1.5 GHz processor, HDMI out, NFC sensor and all the other specs that you’d expect to find on a tablet or smartphone.
Sure enough, there are plenty of other tablets on the market, but the previous generation of devices pales in comparison to what the newest tablets bring to the table – the new iPad is the best iPad yet, and the latest quad core Android 4.0 slates are simply marvelous in action.
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