Only someone living in a cave without WiFi or 3G would have missed the development of the tablet revolution this year.
When Apple released their first generation tablet, iPad, to the world it seemed like every tech hardware company and software developer was trying to muscle in on this warfare. Leaving no stone unturned, each tablet tries to give the market a little something more than what the competition has to offer. Amidst the copyright clashes and pending patent lawsuits, you would be forgiven for not knowing which way to turn.
At MouthLondon we have compiled a list of our Top 5 Tablets:
1. iPad 2
The geniuses at Cupertino must have been hard pressed to up their game on the first iPad, but up it they did. And then some. In the first weekend the iPad 2 sold out in virtually all the Apple stores – it’s not hard to see why the hardcore fruit followers wanted a bite of the action.
The iPad 2 “moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards, again” the late and great Steve Jobs said, with his typical chutzpah. What goes on behind this 9.7 inch LED-backlit LCD screen is nothing short of tablet wizardry. Users, embrace the elegant interface, the thousands of apps available with the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.
…great multimedia performance…
Even though Apple and Samsung have been at loggerheads over patents recently, it’s not ironic that the Galaxy Tab isn’t a galaxy far, far away from the iPad, coming in close second in our Top 5. Currently the best Honeycomb tablet to date, the Galaxy Tab has a higher resolution screen display than the iPad2, great multimedia performance and a world-class Gmail experience.
Lest we forget, this slate supports Flash whereas the iPads don’t. What may prove to push this Tab up the rankings is the soon-to-be released Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich. Google are boasting an array of improvements on Gingerbread and Honeycomb. ICS will be released in mid-November on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and on to tablets at a later stage.
…boasting a powerful processor…
After the Galaxy Tab comes the Motorola Xoom – the first tablet to run Honeycomb – and the Asus EEE Transformer. Although somewhat bulky in terms of tablet design the Asus EEE Transformer should not be discounted, boasting a powerful processor, 5MP camera, microUSB and mini HDMI ports. Bearing in mind that Google bought the Motorola Android phone and tablet division, we could soon be in for a sweet surprise from the tech conglomerate.
Marginally superior to the Xoom, the Transformer is slightly cheaper and features a keyboard dock giving vital extra SD and USB ports, and a second battery.
…a contender for those on a budget…
Finally the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 holds up the rear for the Top 5 tablet table. This Honeycomb tablet oozes simplicity, an attractive design and Netflix pre-installed. It is definitely a contender for those on a budget who aren’t so tech-savvy.
So soon after tablets made their break into the mainstream, it is possible we’ve already hit market saturation, entering into a tablet society of clone wars. However, with the iPad 3 set for a Spring 2012 release and Google yet to release their slate we can expect nothing short of sheer brilliance from the tablet digerati.
Not making it on to MouthLondon’s Top Tablet 5, special mentions to iPad (original), Kindle Fire and the Google Tab – the latter two yet to be released in the UK. Also to HP’s TouchPad which sold out almost immediately when the price was slashed to £90.
Images courtesy of Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Motorolo and Asus