Among the alternatives to the proprietary iOS operating system that the Apple iPad uses, the best operating system is generally considered to be the Google Android operating system. Unlike the Apple system which is a completely closed system with regard to hardware and software, many manufacturers are now making Android based tablets because of the open source nature of the operating system. Here is a look at three of the best Android tablets in terms of price and quality.
Best Android Tablets in Terms of Price and Quality
Sony Tablet S (32GB)
Considering Sony’s considerable skills at hardware design and the high quality of their engineering skills, they were always a good candidate to produce a worthy competitor to the Apple iPad. The Tablet S goes much beyond the average Honeycomb tablet by offering outstanding design, exclusive applications and Play Station certification if you are interested in gaming.
1 1/2 years after Apple launched the iPad, Sony is hitting back with this model that takes Android based tablets to a new level. The design provides balance when the tablet is held in your hand and makes it much easier to use when it is placed on a table. Interestingly, Sony has used a 9.4 inch screen instead of the standard 10.1 inch screen but the use of their proprietary TruBlack technology provides outstanding contrast so that you really don’t notice the slightly smaller screen. The tablet is expensive when compared to other Android tablets but Sony is not pushing this tablet as a cheap alternative to the Apple iPad. Instead, they are presenting this as the next level of Android based tablets design.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (16GB)
This tablet is arguably the best looking of all the Android based tablets because it is lighter than the iPad while being as thin. This is the first tablet that Samsung has produced with a 10.1 inch screen and the overall look and design is outstanding. The display, which is based on Super PLS, has a screen resolution of 1,280×800 pixels making for a crisp and clear picture that makes browsing the Web are really pleasurable experience. Though this tablet uses the basic 3.1 version of the Honeycomb system with no frills or customization, there are a large number of applications available and the Samsung Apps gives you access to the company applications store. The consensus of opinion is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 probably gets closer to the Apple iPad than any other Android based tablet.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer (16 GB)
This is the cheapest of all the tablets based on the Honeycomb operating system and the quality of the display and the inexpensive keyboard/dock option make this tablet excellent value for money. However some of the negative points of this tablet prevent it from being an outright winner. The recording and playback of the built-in camcorder is uneven and the build quality does not appear to be of the best given the sharp corners of the tablet. Some people have also reported problems with the docking system. However, it would be fair to say that this is a low-priced Android tablet of acceptable quality and with some useful options.
There are all sorts of apps for tablets, including apps on doing criminal checks on people, financial apps and so on. Apple’s advantage for now is that it has a big number of optimized apps for its iPad compared to the competition.
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