If you’re in the market for a tablet computer, this quick review of the top five models will give you a place to start.
The Apple iPad 2 is the best-selling tablet on the market. A faster dual-core Apple A5 processor, better graphics, twin cameras, and a 33-percent thinner design than the original in combination to the huge app store selection set the iPad2 apart from the competition. The 9.7 inch display with 768 X 1024 pixels falls short of the Motorola Xoom. However, the 10-hour battery life, iTunes, and the best selection of apps, make the iPad 2 the tablet to beat.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the best android tablets available. The hardware is sleek, light and has a great 10.1 inch-screen. The dual-core processors boot up smoothly and quickly. The updated Honeycomb OS easily loads web pages, plays video and multiple apps. The built-in cameras and speakers get the job done. The only drawback is the lack of USB, HDMI, and SD card slots. The versatile Galaxy Tab is only limited by the current lack of android apps.
The PlayBook by RIM has a browser that puts the Web in your hands. Coming in at just 0.9 pounds, 0.4 inches thin, and with a 7 inch-screen, the PlayBook is actually, truly portable. Aided by Adobe Flash 10.2 support, the QNX-powered OS loads sites in full desktop splendor. The dual-core processor lets you multitask on a high resolution display with more pixels than an iPad. With full HD playback, an HDMI out, and with cameras front and back, the PlayBook packs a lot into a little space.
The Motorola Xoom, although a little heftier than its main competition, is gaining in popularity. This tablet boasts a 10.1 inch-screen with the same 1280 X 800 resolution as a laptop. The super-fast dual-core processors run Honeycomb OS and support 4G download/upload speeds. One drawback is the built in speakers. However, when you couple the 10 hours of video playback with the dual cameras and micro HDMI slot, the Xoom is one cool tablet.
HP TouchPad, a full-sized tablet, is larger and heavier than most of its rivals. The 9.7″ IPS display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 768 X 1024 pixels is the same as the iPad 2. The display is detailed enough for fine text, has great viewing angles, but low brightness makes it difficult to view in full sun. The TouchPad comes with a micro USB port, stereo speakers of good quality, but surprisingly, only one camera. The Snapdragon processor doesn’t load as fast as the competition, but performs adequately for most applications.
So if you’re looking for looking for tablet pc, these tablets are five of the best on the market in 2011.