2011: The Year of the Tablet

David Liu March 4, 2011 0

I hope Apple enjoyed there brief months of market exclusivity with the iPad, because the competition is starting to heat up. Major computer manufacturers ASUS and HP as well as smartphone giants like BlackBerry and Motorola have all announced specs for their entries into the tablet segment, so I thought I'd put together a seven-way shootout to see how all the 2011 offerings stack up–at least on paper.





  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy 10 BlackBerry PlayBook Motorola XOOM HP TouchPad LG Optimus Pad ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
Network AT&T, Verizon, WiFi-only GSM, HSDPA Sprint WiMax, LTE, HSPA+, WiFi-Only Verizon GSM T-Mobile Unknown
OS iOS 4.3 Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) BlackBerry Tablet OS Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) webOS 3.0 Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Android 3.0
Screen size 9.7" IPS LED 1024×768 10.1" 1280×800 7" LCD 1024×600 10.1" 1280×800 9.7" 1024×768 8.9" 1280×768 10.1" 1280×800 IPS
Processor Apple A5 Dual-Core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 Dual-Core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual-Core 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz
Memory Unknown 1GB 1GB 1GB 1GB Unknown Unknown
Storage 16/32/64GB non-expandable 16/32GB non-expandable 16/32/64GB non-expandable 32GB, expandable via microSD 16/32GB, non-expandable 32GB Up to 64GB, expandable via SD
Cameras 720p rear; VGA front 8MP rear; 2MP front 5MP rear, 3MP front 5MP rear, 2MP front No rear, 1.3MP front Dual 5MP rear; 2MP front 5MP rear; 1.2MP front
Video recording 720p at 30FPS 1080p at 30FPS 1080p 720p at 30FPS Unknown 1080p 3D Unknown
Adobe Flash Never At launch At launch Eventually At launch Eventually Unknown
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
WiFi 802.11b/g/n WiFi 802.11b/g/n WiFi 802.11b/g/n WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi 802.11b/g/n WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi 802.11b/g/n WiFi
GPS aGPS (3G versions only) aGPS aGPS aGPS aGPS (3G version only) aGPS aGPS
Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, light Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, light Accelerometer Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, light, barometer Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, light Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, light Accelerometer
Video out 1080p HDMI, VGA, comoponent, composite (all require adapters) HDMI HDMI HDMI None HDMI HDMI
Battery 25 watt-hour 6860mAh 5300mAh 6500mAh 6300mAh 6400mAh 8 hours, 16 hours with dock
Size 9.5×7.3×0.34 inches Unspecified 5.1×7.6×0.4 inch 9.8×6.6×0.5 inch 9.4×7.5×0.54 inch 9.6×5.9×0.5" Unknown
Weight 1.33lb 1.32lb 0.9lb 1.6lb 1.6lb 1.38lb Unknown
Availability 3/11/2011 Unknown Spring 2011 Now Summer 2011 Spring 2011 Summer 2011
Price WiFi $499/599/699  3G $629/729/829 Unkown $599 $799 Unknown $799 $399 – $699 


Some things of note:
 Samsung has recently announced that they feel, in short, threatened by the iPad 2's price. The $900 off-contract price of the Galaxy 7 tablet was a major factor in driving potential customers away and toward the original iPad; the Galaxy 10 will more than likely be priced more competitively.
 The Eee Pad Transformer has an optional laptop-style dock, similar to the Motorola Atrix 4g's dock (but better implemented, as the tablet becomes the entire screen). Docking the tablet provides a keyboard and a 100% increase in maximum battery life (up from 8hr to 16hr). You can watch a video here.
 The HP TouchPad has several interesting features, on which I elaborated a bit more in this article. In short, it's got inductive charging, connect-by-touch with phones.
 The LG Optimus does indeed have a pair of 5MP cameras mounted on the back a few inches apart, allowing it to capture stereoscopic 3D video. No word on whether the screen is going to require glasses or if it's going to be autostereoscopic like Nintendo's 3DS


Images can be found at the following sites:
iPad 2 Press Shots via Engadget
Samsung Galaxy 10 Pictures on The Next Web
BlackBerry PlayBook Press Shots via Engadget
Motorola Xoom Review Shots on Engadget
HP Touchpad Press Shots
LG Optimus Pad Press Shots on phoneArena.com
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Pictures on Engadget
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