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Top 10 Most Awaited Alternatives to iPad 2

By Emma Brem on March 21, 2011

People have been waiting for the latest and upcoming tablets in 2011. There are many tablets are coming this year and some of them are worth to be waited. Some of these tablets will allow you to surf the Web, watch movies and play casual games without the need to rely on a bulky laptop and its traditional keyboard. Other gadgets focus on features such as reading for long periods of time without killing the batteries and without eye strain. So, what are they?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by Android 3.0, (a.k.a. Google’s Honeycomb OS). Running the OS is a 1GHz dual core processor. Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1, HSPA and EDGE. Power is provided by a 6860 mAh battery. Memory options include 16GB and 32GB of space.

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The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 246.2 millimeters (9.7 inches) long and 170.4 millimeters (6.7 inches) wide (or vice-versa depending on screen orientation). The device is 10.9 millimeters or 0.43 inches thick and weighs 599 grams or 21 ounces. As the name implies, the TFT display is 10.1 inches and sports a resolution of 1280 by 800.

Camera options comprise of an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Sound options include dual surround-sound speakers. The tablet also features USB 2.0 and 3.5 millimeter earphone slots. Included sensors are a gyroscope, compass, accelerometer and proximity sensor.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 can play 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second and record 1080p HD video at 24 frames per second. Supported video formats are MPEG4, H263 AND H264. Supported audio formats are MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB. Available in the following colors: White, Black and Black metallic

Be it any variant, in US, the Galaxy Tab will not be able to make cellular voice calls. The facility is enabled via Bluetooth Headset in the European versions. The users will have to user other VoIP-based workarounds for voice functionality.

Once of the best parts about the Galaxy Tab 10.1? It's a full-fledged Google Experience device with no custom skin. That means you'll get updates fast and won't be at the mercy of Samsung's infamous Android OS update delays.

BlackBerry Playbook

The smaller 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook running on QNX OS also brags dual 1GHz processors and cameras alongside 4G WiMAX capability. Taking a very different approach on how tablets are suppose to be, the BlackBerry PlayBook has been on everyone's lips since it was first teased many months back.

The Playbook is expected to be one of the most user-friendly and intuitive tablets in the market. RIM acquired software companies QNS and TAT for the development of its Blackberry tablet OS, and hands-on reviewers say that the Playbook takes the touch experience to an all new level.

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Apple CEO may have declared tablets with smaller displays as DOA (Dead On Arrival), but BlackBerry Playbook with its 7-inch screen is compact and portable (it may even fit into your coat pocket). The 1024 x 600 resolution on a small screen looks crisp and HD videos are sharp. BlackBerry users can pair the Playbook to their phones and run messenger, e-mails, etc., directly from the tablet.

The Playbook is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor that promises “true” multitasking. It can play more than one HD video at a time and supports Adobe Flash. RIM promises 8 hours of battery life (presumably with video playback), which is less than the 10-hour battery time of the iPad and the Xoom. The Blackberry tablet packs in two cameras: 5 megapixels at rear and 3 megapixels at front.

The Playbook is a powerful device, but RIM will not launch a 3G model when the tablet hits the stores within the next couple of months. It will priced competitively though and we are expecting a sub-$500 figure.

HTC Scribe

HTC has filed for a trademark for a new device called the HTC Scribe. The name and specifications suggest that this particular device will be a tablet.

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What we have heard about the HTC Scribe is that it will have 2GB of internal memory that can be expanded a further 32GB via a microSD card. It is rumored to have a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with a size of about 10 inches. It isn't clear at the moment if the screen will be capacitive or resistive.1.5GHz Qualcomm chip, HTC Sense, HTC Watch, OnLive, Aluminum unibody design.

As for the operating system, expect it to run Android Honeycomb which is now being numbered Android 2.4 rather than 3.0 like previous suggestions. It will be available for €669.

Dell Streak 7

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 T-Mobile revealed that the Streak 7 will be the first of 25 4G devices coming in 2011, launching some time "in the coming weeks". Specs for the device include a 7-inch WVGA Gorilla Glass display, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing cam, HD video capture, 16GB of internal storage, support for microSD cards up to 32GB in size, Android 2.2 with Dell's Stage UI, and compatibility with T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. 

T-Mobile also announced today that they'll be moving from 21Mbps to42Mbps HSPA+ in 2011, with devices capable of utilizing the faster speeds coming in the second half of the year. The Streak feels surprisingly natural to hold in one hand, or to hold between both.
Well, these tablets are all great and have their own pros and cons. So, which one is your favorite?

Toshiba Folio 100

Toshiba hasn’t had much to say about its upcoming Android tablet so far, other than the fact that it is working on one. But first purported images of the tablet hit the web.

If the site’s information is correct, the tablet will be called the Toshiba Folio 100. It will have a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel multitouch display, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, and run Google Android 2.2.

The tablet will reportedly have 16GB of internal storage space, support for SDHC cards up to 32GB for additional storage, and up to 7 hours of battery life.

 

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Like the Toshiba AC100 Android netbook, the Folio 100 will ship with the Opera Mobile web browser with Adobe Flash support, as well as other custom software including a PDF reader, eBook app, and RSS news reader. It’s not clear if it will have Android Market access, but the tablet does appear to have 3G capabilities (in addition to 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth), so if it can make phone calls it might also be able to run Google’s app suite including the Android Market. There will definitely be a Toshiba Market app for downloading some third party apps.
The Folio 100 will reportedly measure 11.1″ x 7.1″ x 0.6″ and weigh 1.7 pounds. There’s also an optional docking station.

Asus Eee Pad Slider
Are you one of those guys with big thumbs who find touchscreen QWERTY keypads impossible to use? Well, Asus Eee Pad Slider might just be what the doctor ordered for you.

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The Asus tablet has a 10-inch touchscreen that slides up to reveal a physical QWERTY keyboard that rests at about 130 degrees to the screen. The Eee Pad is remarkably thin despite the attached keyboard, and thinner than similarly formatted Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series laptop/tablet hybrid.

The Eee Pad Slider uses Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, building its foundation as a solid tablet, and runs Asus’ proprietary MyWave interface atop Google Android OS. Asus promises that its Eee Pad tablets would run Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb if Google releases it in time for the tablets’ shipment.

Asus Eee Pad Slider has a 1.3-megapixel camera at front for video calls and its 5-megapixel camera at rear pack in LED flash. So what’s the downside? Its battery life is limited to 6 hours and it’s not 3G-ready yet. Asus is trying to enter the tablet market by focusing on the limitation of Apple iPad. Apple has some weaknesses on lack of choice and content creation so Asus offers tablets with great content creators. Will this tactic success?

HP/Palm Topaz
Let’s just put it this way that from Day 1, Palm’s webOS platform was more suitable for a tablet-sized device than a smartphone. From what we have seen of webOS, it is capable of running circles around iOS and Google Android OS when it comes to multitasking interface.

 

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Cloud computing would be the buzz words here with HP trying to interconnect all webOS devices. Similar to how Palm’s Pre phones use a wireless charger, Topaz also comes with wireless charging facility called Touchstone.

The HP tablet will also feature Cloud Canvas which is probably a Web portal that each HP user will have for storing data and controlling various HP devices such as printers. Touchstone will enable features like wireless picture and contact sharing, audio streaming via Bluetooth to a speaker dock, wireless video streaming to an HDMI output, wireless video gaming, etc.

The HP Topaz offers a 9.7-inch Gorilla Glass display and run 8 hours on a full charge. As is the norm with all new tablets now, HP Topaz will also feature a dual-core processor and dual cameras. HP Topaz is said to come with stereo speakers that use Dre’s Beats Audio technology.

Though pricing details are not known, the HP tablets are expected to hit the shelves in the second half of 2011. However, it seems that the company has to offer great price for the customer or lower price then iPad in order to have more chance to win the tablet market.

Notion Ink Adam

Created by a Bangalore start-up Notion Ink, Adam took almost 3 years in the making. Despite being a virtual nobody, the company created headlines when it introduced Adam at the CES 2010 because of its impressive specs. In 2009 end, Nvidia Tegra dual core processor, full HD video playback and Pixel Qi technology in a tablet were futuristic. The chipset can also handle games that will be able to reach up to 1080p resolution.

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Pixel Qi is comparable to Amazon Kindle’s E Ink technology and brightens up your screen when you are out in the sun, making reading text and watching videos easy.

Notion Ink Adam is still impressive. Apart from the above specs, Adam features a 10-inch screen, 3.2-megapixel swivel camera, customized Android 2.3 OS, 3G compatibility, FM radio, GPS, accelerometer and almost every I/O port you could wish for. The only damper is its external memory that cannot be extended beyond 8GB.

The Adam is priced competitively, with its base, non-Pixel Qi model starting at $375. Not only this, the Adam has garnered for itself a passionate cult following — Adamites, if you may — who are out to spread the word on Adam, making up for the lack of mainstream promotion by Notion Ink.

T-Mobile G-Slate (LG)

LG and T-Mobile are building LG V-900. As expected, the LG G-Slate will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Other specifications include a 5 MP camera with LED flash, stereoscopic rear-facing video camera capable of recording 1080p 3D video, a front-facing 2 MP camera for video chat, support for T-Mobile HSPA+ 4G network, and a 8.9-inch capacitive display capable of playing back your 3D videos. Keep in mind, you’ll need to wear a pair of 3D glasses in order to enjoy any 3D content on the LG G-Slate. To top things off, LG has equipped the G-Slate with an astounding 32 GB of internal storage.

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T-Mobile’s announcement made a vague reference to a spring launch, though they did not have any details to share on the tablet’s price.

Motorola Xoom

So you want to get the best 2011 tablet? The Motorola Xoom will most likely be at or near the top of the best tablet 2011 listings. Awarded the coveted CNET “Best of Show” title at the CES 2011, Motorola Xoom sports a dual-core processor and Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb OS. Its 10.1-inch screen comes in 16:9 widescreen format and allows high-definition video playback. Motorola Xoom is Flash-friendly and its battery is said to support 10 hours of video playback.

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Motorola Xoom comes with two cameras including a 2-megapixel camera for video conferencing and a 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p HD video. While 3G editions will roll out first, the Motorola tablet is fully upgradable to 4G. The Xoom has features like a built-in gyroscope and e-compass, and comes preloaded with applications like Google e-books and Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction.

The battery life is incredible as the Tegra 2 dual core processor really shows off its merits. Overall in terms of what’ under the hood of the Motorola Xoom, all the Xoom review articles talk about the amazing power in comparison to whats out there.

The Xoom has it all to take on the Apple iPad (including Flash support), but it also has something that makes it unattractive in the mobile market space: A “xooming” price. At $700, Motorola Xoom is as expensive as the high-end iPad 64GB with 3G.  The Motorola Xoom is not cheap and was never being marketed as a cheap tablet alternative. The fact is the Motorola Xoom is an iPad competitor in terms of spec AND pricing. Motorola Xoom is one of the great tablet you should consider this year.

 


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