|The Best Tablet PCs |
While Apple’s iPad has been enormously popular in recent months, selling 7.5 million units in five months, a number of alternatives to the iPad have hit the market to give Apple a run for its money. The following are our top picks:
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Boasting a 1GHz processor, dual cameras, 3G connectivity, and up to 32 GB of storage space, the 7.4” x 4.7” Galaxy Tab from Samsung is a stunner. It features a minimalistic aesthetic with a sturdy yet elegant appeal. The Samsung Galaxy comes with a 1024 x 600 resolution LCD display, capacitive touchscreen, and runs on Google’s Android 2.2 OS.
The BB Playbook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS and is ideal for gamers. Enabled with Flash 10.1, POSIX support, and Adobe AIR apps, the 5.1"x7.6" Playbook features a 7”, 1024 x 600 resolution capacitive multi-touch screen, duo-core 1GHz processor, and 1GB RAM. Other exciting aspects include dual cameras, Wi-fi, Bluetooth 2.1, video playback, and microUSB support.
Amazon’s Kindle is arguably the market leader in eBook readers. However, it now also competes with tablet computers, thanks to its 3G capabilities, built in Wi-fi, and a brand new WebKit-Based Browser. The 6” Kindle comes with PDF support, TTS, e-Ink Screen, and storage for up to 3500 books.
Dell 7-inch Tablet
This Android 2.1-based tablet computer from Dell is ideal for home and student use, with an 800x480 resolution, 4GM memory, an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 32GB SDHC card, and a 1.3MP camera.
The Slate by HP is being targeted specifically at the business market. It runs the Windows 7 Professional OS on a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor. The HP Slate comes with Broadcom's Crystal HD accelerator (1080p video support), 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD HD, an 8.9” capacitive touchscreen (1,024x600 display), dual cameras, and an N-Trig active digitizer.
Viewsonic ViewPad 7
This Android 2.2-based tablet computer brings you a 7” screen, Bluetooth, dual cameras, 3G Wi-fi, GPS, microphone, and tons of Google Apps. The ViewPad 7 is a powerful little machine with a Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, and 3G abilities.
Ideal for home use, the Android 1.5-based Archos 7 features a 7” resistive touchscreen (antireflective, 800x480 resolution), 8GB memory, 128 MB of RAM, 600MHz ARM 9 processor, web access, multimedia hub, and Android apps.
The soon to be launched Google Android tablet will allow you to read a massive collection of books, other than functioning like a regular computer. Experts predict that Google’s Android might even run on the Chrome OS, and will be equipped with Google Voice, Google Reader, and Google Books.