Tablets of 2011: What to Look For (Updated)

By on June 17, 2011, 4:33 AM

Last year promised to be the year of the tablet, and at least for Apple, it was. The nearly ubiquitous iPad managed not only to outsell every other tablet on the market by a wide margin, it also exceeded Mac sales in Q4 with a record 7.33 million units moved. Apple is not likely to lose its throne anytime soon, but competition is now making itself present from every possible angle. If Android's smartphone gains serve any indication this should be an interesting year for tablets.

Companies such as Asus and Samsung are coming on strong with their first Android "Honeycomb" tablets, while Research In Motion isn't doing too well with the PlayBook. It remains to be seen if HP suffers the same fate or its Palm acquisition pays off when it launches the TouchPad, the first webOS-based tablet, on July 1st. 

We've compiled a comparative table with what we consider are the hottest tablets either currently available or announced so far. We'll update this guide as new tablets that catch our attention are announced and approaching their release, but with more than a dozen already in the market, this will serve as a starting point for narrowing down your purchase.

Read the complete guide.




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treeski treeski said:

For the HP tablet, no 3G is listed for wireless connectivity but it is listed under GPS.

Thanks for the guide update.

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Jos Jos said:

They have announced a 3G model but the July launch will only include Wi-Fi.

Guest said:

You can do HDMI on the Galaxy Tab with an extra cable, too.

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Jos Jos said:

Guest said:

You can do HDMI on the Galaxy Tab with an extra cable, too.

I've updated the table to reflect this, thanks for the feedback.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Also, the ASUS Transformer has gotten the Honeycomb 3.1 update as of the beginning of June, albeit an over the air update. However, I still think that it should be listed as 3.1.

Guest said:

How 'bout adding the included sensors (incl. GPS)?

belto said:

just purchased my 32g iPad2 with AT&T 3g. It will arrive around the 29th. Cannot wait.

Guest said:

the iconia is 32gb not 16gb. how i know that ? i own it! so change the specs for it.

Guest said:

and the reason you removed the Notion Ink Adam is?

Guest said:

I really don't see the point in people fawning over tablets.

It looks great on Star Trek but that is about it.

Blowing 500 to 800 on a tablet is a terrible waste of money.

Rather get a carry bag for your 50 million inch LCD ?

belto said:

I really don't see the point in people fawning over tablets.

It looks great on Star Trek but that is about it.

Blowing 500 to 800 on a tablet is a terrible waste of money.

Rather get a carry bag for your 50 million inch LCD ?

So I take it that you do not have a mobile (Post Stat Trek - beam me up Scotty). Mobiles will evolve to become a full communication device that will have all the flavors of a desktop/laptop but will become more mobile with the screen size to bat. I feel that 10" - 11" would be the best for all round activities. The technology is in place already in place, the industry has to come to a standard that is world wide workable. I do not mind making a call on a tablet but I shall follow politeness will in public areas. Plus I can keep tabs on all my activities on the fly.

Arris Arris said:

Some of the bendable/foldable OLED displays that are on the horizon could be used for modifiable size devices. Start with a smart phone size device, then fold it out to tablet size for watching a movie on a flight. Fold it from smart phone size to half the size for putting in a holder to keep track of your running route while out jogging. Only problem is that industry probably won't want one device that does it all. They will continue to spew out novelty form factors covering all and in-between to try and grab their own little niche parts of the market, "Oh ours has a 6.99 inch screen so its more portable than the 100 different 7 inch tablets".

belto said:

Some of the bendable/foldable OLED displays that are on the horizon could be used for modifiable size devices. Start with a smart phone size device, then fold it out to tablet size for watching a movie on a flight. Fold it from smart phone size to half the size for putting in a holder to keep track of your running route while out jogging. Only problem is that industry probably won't want one device that does it all. They will continue to spew out novelty form factors covering all and in-between to try and grab their own little niche parts of the market, "Oh ours has a 6.99 inch screen so its more portable than the 100 different 7 inch tablets".

They have them already. Philips make such of a device. It is a e-paper. They want to be able to make them for HDTV's that wireless and movable and be placed anywhere you wish, like a picture.

Guest said:

If Samsung is not going to launch the 10.1 3G model in India till August, then I will be force to buy an i-Pad.

belto said:

tablets will take over the laptop and net-book era sometime soon. it is inevitable at this point and time and yes it is like star trek for this show was the show to show off every kind of new technology to come forth. like the mobile! beam me up scotty!!

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