A few years ago no one thought tablets would sell. The iPad however changed everything and got them drooling at 10-inch glass slabs, which became perfect companions while watching TV and even at business meetings. Here are a few of the tablets which are selling like hotcakes in the market right now.
The new iPad, packs in twice the punch of the earlier model. It doubled the screen resolution and RAM while making a few addition to the software. The biggest was the inclusion of Siri, ‘your personal assistant’ as Apple likes to call it. Despite the tablet market exploding in 2010, Apple continues to be the leader with most companies failing to meet Apple’s quality and price point.
Best screen for 10-inch device
Great selection of apps
You still need to use iTunes
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
With this device Samsung moved away from rivalling Apple and took it’s fight to Amazon and Kindle Fire. It’s great as an e-reader while still offering all the advantages of Android and its Play Store. Due to its size apps created for phones don’t look bad when blown up to fill the screen. It runs on the latest version of the OS, Ice Cream Sandwich and there has not been any official word on the device getting Jelly Bean update.
Camera could have been better
Asus Transformer Prime TF201
Asus’s flagship tablet is an ultrabook at heart. It’s powered by a Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked to 1.4Ghz. Much like the iPad it comes in 32GB and 64GB variants. The specs might be the best in the market but what makes this tablet stand out is the special keyboard dock, which transforms it into a netbook of sorts. It adds seven hours of battery power to the tablet and charges the transformer while docked. It also has a USB port which extends the storage capacity of the device.
Not enough tablet optimised apps for 10-inch Android tablets
This Wacom table is not for a layman, it is for those who work in the creative industry. It has pressure sensitive technology which the Wacom product comes with inside the gorgeous 24-inch screen. It’s colour reproduction is one of the best in the industry, covering 97% of Adobe’s RGB gamut. The size the weight makes it difficult to move around. It’ll also support the upcoming Windows 8 without the need to install additional drivers. You can also assign the keys and the rings to functions which you use frequently, making it the best work tablet in the market now.
Wacom tech built-in
Top Upcoming tablets
As far as Windows 8 is concerned Microsoft seems to be playing their cards close to their chest. They startled their partners across the globe by announcing a tablet which will compete with the other OEMs who have contributed in the success of Windows. Surface will come in two models, one running ARM and another running Intel processor with only the latter offering the full blown OS. The ARM model will run on Windows RT, which will run all metro apps but won’t have access to a desktop. However the ARM model will come with Microsoft Office. The tablets will be released in October at the time of the release of the OS.
Google’s flagship tablet is not a competition for iPad, but it’s a very tablet undoubtedly. It’s well designed, powerful, light and runs the latest version of Android — Jelly Bean. The new version of the OS makes Android as smooth as iOS and it’s priced very low. However, the tablet is available in 8GB and 16GB models only and does not have a 3G/4G model. It’ll be launching in India in October.
Kindle Fire 2
Amazon is rising up to the challenge thrown by Google and is also working on a tablet, but the big question is if they will use the latest version of Android or their own souped up version of the OS. The pricing is expected to be similar to Nexus 7 and is supposedly based on Nvidia’s Kai tablet model which led to the creation of the Google tablet. The device is expected to come out towards the end of this year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
After the success of Galaxy Note phone Samsung brought out this tablet which looked like Galaxy Tab but with support for S-pen. It has been selling well in the west, but the company has not announced a launch date for the device in India yet. The S-pen is as good as it was on the Note phone, but falls short in the specs department in comparison to other tabs in the market.
This device is still a rumour and if it’s true it’ll be a game changer for the company which has vowed to make tablets only in one size in the past. With the rumours of a bigger iPhone being confirmed, seven-inch iPad looks like a possibility. According to sources it’ll run on an underclocked processor which will run all the apps smoothly thanks to the lower resolution screen. Like everything Apple it is also expected to sell millions all over the world and will be a direct competitor to Nexus 7.
This is the craziest concept introduced in the market in the past few years. The padfone is a very normal looking Android phone, but once docked into a tablet shell, boom it becomes a full blown tablet, which charges the phone while in use. The tablet shell only has a screen and extra battery life so users will be able to use the same Sim they use on the phone while using the tablet too. There is an additional keyboard dock which can be purchased which will further transform the device into a netbook. The possibilities are endless. There is word on the release date for the product in India and the company seems to be concentrating on the Transformer line of tablets at present.