There was a time when nobody knew what a tablet PC was. These devices were used in certain technology fields by a handful of designers, engineers, etc for some convoluted work. The success of iPad has led to tablet arms race from mobile and computing companies alike and tablet has become a household gadget. With the success comes the horde. The mobile market is crowded with uncountable tablet manufacturers coming up with their latest designs to prove their mettle. Here’s the list of some of the Tablet PCs that promise to change the leader table of Tablets be eligible to be the top competitors for iPad and Kindle in 2012.
Top Competitors for iPad and Kindle in 2012
Google Nexus 7
This is going to be one pocket-friendly tablet which will cost around Rs. 10,000. Yes, you read it right! This new tablets overall looks very nice with a massive 7 inch HD screen with 1280×800 resolution. It is powered by a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU, plus a 12 core GPU. The gadget runs on the latest OS, Android 4.1 (code name: Jelly bean) which is expected to be better than the other versions of Android. The interface is interesting on Google Nexus 7. Sadly, the rear camera is missing from this gadget. The phone is available in 8GB and 16 GB variant and there’s no microSD card slot. Google Now, while not really exclusive to this tablet, is a neat feature and one definitely worthy of being further explored. The phone will be with us by the mid of July.
It’s thin, it’s light, it’s comfortable and it’s amazing. It’s fast enough for demanding programs like Adobe Lightroom and the touchpad on the keyboard cover means you get the precision of a mouse for fiddly interfaces. Surface RT is an ARM tablet, running Microsoft’s first version of Windows for RT and the company’s first real tablet-friendly operating system. The 10.6 inches screen is huge. The built in storage is 64000MB and it has internet explorer 10 for browsing the net. Microsoft has created a master piece, giving choice, an excellent array of hardware and a well-designed tablet.
Running on a new OS called QNX playbook is the latest and the most unique product by Blackberry. It is powered by a fast dual core 1 GHz processor and is great for business purpose. The powerful multi-tasking, where you can run a video in one window and play a game in another with both apps running concurrently, is a first of its kind for a mainstream tab. Bridging to a BlackBerry phone for secure email is again one quirky feature in this gadget. This powerful 7-inch tablet houses a 3MP front-facing camera, a 5MP rear-facing one, a crisp 1200×600 resolution screen, and all the typical gyro, accelerometer and GPS sensors. It is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions.
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Motorola Xoom 2
After amending and adorning Motorola Xoom , Motorola is ready with its successor Xoom 2. This one looks a lot like iPad 2 with 8.8mm thickness and almost the same weight. Unlike the previous one with 1 GHz processor, Xoom 2 is powered by 1.2GHz one with 1 GB RAM which smoothly runs on Android 3.2. The screen is the same size and resolution as the original Xoom: 1280 x 800 pixels in a 10.1-inch display. There’s a rear-facing camera on the Xoom 2 that can take 5MP snaps and record video at 720p, while the front-facing camera has a 1.3-megapixel sensor. There’s a Citrix app included, for you enterprisey types, and Quickoffice HD is also bundled, with cloud integration for Google Docs, Dropbox, Box, SugarSync and more.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
A lighter and faster version of Galaxy Tab 10.1 is Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. This 8.9 inch 1280x 800 display is a wonder to behold. The photos look rich and colorful and the games look well detailed and bright on that screen. It runs on Android 3.0 (honeycomb) and is powered by Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 with ULP GeForce GPU. Like other tablets this one is also available in 3 versions i.e 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, and it has a RAM of 1GB. This thin, light and longer-lasting tablet is the best option around if you’re more interested in portability than in playing games and watching movies on a 10-inch screen.
With all these clamoring latest technologies, things look pretty good for the tablets in the time to come. Do you think there are other tablets that could be considered top competitors to the iPad? Let us know in the comments section.