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Nov 302011
 

The holidays are fast approaching and the year is also drawing to an end. Shopping for the perfect Android tablet to give yourself or your loved one? Trust me, the choice can be very gory. Despite naysayers’ predictions of slow growth in the Android tablets market, the growing number of Android tablets in the year 2011 says otherwise.

We’re featuring here the best Android tablets of the year. A handful are still about to be released before year-end, but the majority are already available in the market. With the exception of the HTC Flyer (HTC EVO View 4G), all of these tablets run on dual-core processors. As far as Android tablets are concerned, the year 2011 is the year for dual-core processing power.

On a side note, if you’re looking for the best QWERTY Android smartphones of 2011, check out our field guide for the best QWERTY Android smartphones of 2011.

Which of these tablets do you own? Which of these are you planning to buy? This is a rather lengthy post, so click on any of the following links to jump immediately to a particular section. (And, if we missed anything, let us know in the comments, please.) Here are the best Android tablets of 2011, arranged in no particular order:

 

 

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

Remember those toy robots from Hasbro? The name of this 10.1-inch Android tablet from ASUS gets its inspiration from those Autobots and Decepticons. The best-selling feature about the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is its being an Android tablet that can transform into a laptop/netbook–very much analogous to how a Transformer can morph from vehicle to robot and back.

In itself, the Eee Pad Transformer tablet packs the power of Android 3.2 Honeycomb, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1.0 GHz) processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of built-in storage. The tablet itself does not come with a physical QWERTY keyboard. The accompanying Mobile Docking Station takes care of that.

On its own, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer’s 24.4-Wh Li-polymer battery provides nearly 9 hours of continuous playback of HD videos. Attached to the Mobile Docking Station, the Eee Pad Transformer “transforms” into a netbook/laptop, complete with a full QWERTY keyboard with touchpad. Plus, while docked, the Android tablet gets additional hours of power (about 7 hours more, bringing overall battery power to about 16 hours), since the Mobile Docking Station itself has its own battery.

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is one of 2011’s best-selling tablets because it allows users the freedom of choice: use it as a lightweight and extremely portable tablet or boost mobile productivity by using it as a netbook while docked.

Other features of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer include the following:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen that uses In-Plane Switching technology, which makes its display clear and viewable even from a 178-degree angle
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 support
  • 5-megapixel main camera for capturing photos and videos
  • 1.2-megapixel secondary (front-facing) camera for high-resolution video calls
  • Mini HDMI port, audio jacks, microSD card reader
  • Mobile Docking Station featuring a full-size keyboard, touchpad, 2 USB ports, 2 docking ports, a multi-card reader, and its own 24.4-Wh Li-polymer battery

Find out more and check out the best deals for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 on Amazon.

 

 

ASUS Eee Pad Slider

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer made netbooking readily optional, but the ASUS Eee Pad Slider makes access to a full QWERTY keyboard slide-easy. Just like the ASUS Transformer, the Eee Pad Slider is powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb (upgradable to Android 3.2), a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1.0 GHz) processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of built-in storage. Its screen is also as big as the one on the ASUS Transformer (10.1 inches).

Unlike the ASUS Transformer, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider has a full, compact, slide-out QWERTY keyboard built in. However, it doesn’t have a touchpad. The sliding keyboard can be slid and hidden underneath the tablet. The tablet also has a built-in kickstand that can be used to support the tablet’s display at an angle while the slider keyboard is in use.

In terms of battery power, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider’s 25-Wh Li-polymer battery provides a decent number of hours for continuous playback of 720p HD videos for about 8 hours.

Other features of the ASUS Eee Pad Slider include the following:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen that uses In-Plane Switching technology, which makes its display clear and viewable even from a 178-degree angle
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 support
  • Mini HDMI port, audio jack, microSD card reader, USB port
  • 5-megapixel main camera for capturing photos and videos
  • 1.2-megapixel secondary (front-facing) camera for high-resolution video calls

Find out more and check out the best deals for the ASUS Eee Pad Slider on Amazon.

 

 

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Although still to be released before 2011 is over, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is a much-awaited tablet–and for at least 6 reasons. ASUS has promised to unleash this quad-core monster in December. It is the very first Android tablet to sport a quad-core mobile processor, specifically the NVIDIA Tegra 3 (Kal-El) processor. This alone makes the earlier ASUS Eee Pad Transformer look like a wimp.

The 10.1-inch screen on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime uses Super IPS+ technology, which is superior to the IPS technology on the Transformer or the Slider. Plus, Corning Gorilla Class protects the touchscreen from scratches and abrasions. ASUS brags much about the wide viewing angle that its tablets are capable of. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime still has that capability–clear viewing even at 178-degree angles.

The ASUS Transformer Prime also raises the bar several notches higher by carrying an 8-megapixel main camera with a wide f/2.2 aperture and back-side illumination that helps it capture photos and videos clearly even in dimly lit conditions. A 1.2-megapixel secondary (front-facing) camera is also onboard for video calls.

It still carries 1 GB of RAM, just like its siblings, but the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime offers bigger storage: either 32 GB or 64 GB, plus 8 GB more storage through ASUS WebStorage.

Just like the earlier ASUS Transformer, the Transformer Prime can transform into a full netbook with the help of the Mobile Docking Station. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime can stand up to about 12 hours of non-stop playback of 720p HD videos, thanks to its 25-Wh Li-polymer battery. Used with the Mobile Docking Station, overall battery life can reach up to about 18 hours.

Other features of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime include the following:

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 support
  • Micro HDMI port, audio jack, microSD card reader, USB port
  • Mobile Docking Station featuring a full-size keyboard, USB port, SD card reader, and its own 22-Wh Li-polymer battery

Preorder your ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and its perfect companion, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Mobile Docking Station, today on Amazon.

 

 

Motorola XOOM

The Motorola XOOM, despite being slightly outshadowed by more recent Android tablets, remains a popular device. This Android tablet has historical significance since it was the very first tablet to use Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is the Android version optimized for use on tablets.

The Motorola XOOM initially came out on Verizon Wireless as a 3G device, which strapped on superfast data connection speeds to an already powerful tablet. Verizon and Motorola, however, have begun offering free 4G LTE upgrades for the Motorola XOOM. Verizon’s 4G LTE, of course, is lightning-fast. To use an analogy, 3G is a boat ride compared to 4G LTE’s jet.

The Motorola XOOM is powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1.0 GHz) processor complemented by 1 GB of RAM. It comes with a 10.1-inch display. Its 5-megapixel main camera may not be as superlative as the ASUS Transformer Prime’s 8-megapixel shooter, but the XOOM’s 2-megapixel camera clearly provides better resolution than the 1.2-megapixel secondary cameras on the ASUS tablets.

The Android tablet is also one of the very few Android devices that have barometers inside. The Google GALAXY Nexus has a barometer, too, and the XOOM’s use of the barometer is the same as that on the GALAXY Nexus.

The XOOM’s 24-Wh battery can provide up to about 10 hours of power for non-stop playback of videos.

Other features of the Motorola XOOM include the following:

  • 32 GB of built-in storage
  • microSD card expansion slot
  • Micro USB port, HDMI port, audio jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID

Find out more and check out the best deals for the Motorola XOOM on Amazon.

 

 

Motorola XOOM 2 / DROID XYBOARD

The Motorola XOOM 2 is the successor to the Motorola XOOM. The second-generation Android tablet from Motorola comes in two variants: the 8.2-inch Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition and the 10.1-inch Motorola XOOM 2.

Motorola recently unveiled the Motorola XOOM 2 tablets in the U.K., Ireland, and Europe. These tablets have yet to be released in the U.S., but word on the street is saying that these two will land on Verizon Wireless sporting 4G LTE capabilities. The two are also rumored for rebranding as the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 on Verizon Wireless.

Both tablets have nearly the same hardware specs, except for physical dimensions, weight, battery capacity, and preinstalled apps. Both the Motorola XOOM 2 and the Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb and feature a dual-core (1.2 GHz) mobile processor, 5-megapixel main camera, 1.3-megapixel secondary camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, touchscreen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, MotoCast for streaming files from desktop/laptop to tablet, and Wi-Fi connectivity

The Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition comes in two storage variants: a 16-gigabyte model and a 32-gigabyte model. The 10.1-inch Motorola XOOM 2, on the other hand, offers wider storage choices: 16-gigabyte, 32-gigabyte, and 64-gigabyte models.

 

 

HTC Flyer / HTC EVO View 4G

This is one ultra-portable, stylishly designed, feature-packed and powerful Android tablet in the 7.0-inch category. Released in the second quarter of 2011, the HTC Flyer gained a lot of buzz not only because HTC yet again enclosed the Android tablet inside an HTC-signature aluminum unibody casing (just like many of HTC’s popular phones) but also because the HTC Flyer included support for stylus-based input, in addition to multi-touch input.

Its 7.0-inch form factor makes it one of the most portable and compact Android tablets, and people love it because it is a handy note-taking companion.

Unlike most other Android tablets, however, this one runs on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, topped with the uber-user-friendly HTC Sense custom user interface.

With a single-core 1.5-GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion card slot, 5-megapixel primary camera, and a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera, the HTC Flyer is a powerful balance between muscle and portability.

The Android tablet is powered by a 4,000-mAh battery for up to about 4 hours of continuous video playback.

Other features of the HTC Flyer include the following:

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support
  • Bluetooth 3.0 support
  • audio jack
  • Micro USB port

The HTC Flyer is also available on Sprint as the WiMAX-equipped HTC EVO View 4G.

Check out the HTC Flyer or the WiMAX-equipped HTC EVO View 4G on Amazon.

 

 

HTC Jetstream

The HTC Jetstream is HTC’s contribution to the growing pool of 10.1-inch Android tablets–and it is a contribution that is hard to ignore. It is exclusively available on AT&T as the mobile carrier’s pioneer tablet for its fledgling 4G LTE network.

One of the noteworthy features of the HTC Jetstream is that it connects to AT&T’s LTE network where signal is available. Otherwise, it connects to AT&T’s HSPA+ network as a fallback.

Just like the HTC Flyer and the HTC EVO View 4G, the HTC Jetstream supports digital pen input, in addition to multi-touch input. The digital pen comes free with the HTC Jetstream.

The HTC Jetstream is powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb with HTC’s custom user interface, HTC Sense. Also onboard are 32 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion card for up to 32 GB additional storage, 1 GB RAM, 8-megapixel main camera with 1080p Full HD video capture, 1.3-megapixel secondary camera, and a 7,300-mAh non-removable Li-ion battery providing up to about 12 hours of non-stop Web browsing.

Other features of the HTC Jetstream include the following:

  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support
  • audio jack
  • Micro USB port

 

 

Samsung GALAXY Note

The Samsung GALAXY Note is an interesting creature because of its unusual form factor: it is big enough to be an Android tablet but it also has phone functionality. Tech circles have fondly referred to it as a phoneblet–an interbred Android smartphone and Android tablet.

The GALAXY Note sports a 5.3-inch touchscreen–bigger than the standard on most Android smartphones, yet smaller than the standard on most Android tablets. Phoneblet, indeed. Though sporting a huge display, the GALAXY Note is comfortable to hold and easy to use one-handed, although it takes a little getting used to.

It’s the notebook-size form and the handy note-taking Android apps that Samsung has thrown into the GALAXY Note that make it the apple of many people’s eyes. Just like the HTC Flyer and the HTC Jetstream, the Samsung GALAXY Note supports input from a digital pen. In fact, it comes with its own digital stylus called the S Pen, which can be inserted into the tablet when not in use.

Providing the silky smooth performance underneath are Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread and Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 working hand in hand. The same display technology on the GALAXY Nexus–HD Super AMOLED–is at work on the GALAXY Note’s touchscreen. For choke-free processing power, the GALAXY Note uses a 1.4-GHz, dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.

Also, like the GALAXY Nexus, the GALAXY Note has a barometric sensor, in addition to the usual fare of sensors that are pretty much standard on high-end Android devices.

Other features of the Samsung GALAXY Note include the following:

  • Bluetooth3.0 + HS
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support
  • 8-megapixel main camera with LED Flash
  • 2-megapixel secondary camera
  • microSD expansion card slot (up to 32 GB)
  • Li-ion battery (2,500 mAh)

Take note of the best deals for the Samsung GALAXY Note on Amazon.

 

 

Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is the Samsung GALAXY Tab (the original 7.0-incher) reloaded with new and more powerful features. The new GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus still sports the same screen size and resolution as the original, although this time around, Android 3.2 Honeycomb is onboard instead of Android 2.2 Froyo. It is powered by a dual-core processor (1.2 GHz) with 1 GB RAM and your choice of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage.

The GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus also comes with a 3-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. The Wi-Fi-only version doesn’t support voice calls, but the one that does support voice calls can take or make calls privately without needing a headset or Bluetooth.

Another interesting feature on the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is its infrared sensor. Although infrared technology has slowly faded out of mainstream use (giving way to more advanced inter-device communication technologies such as Near Field Communication and Bluetooth), infrared technology is still the technology of choice for remote controls for home entertainment systems. Thus, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus has the potential to be a remote control.

Other features of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus include the following:

  • non-removable battery (4,000 mAh)
  • 4-way rotation
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • microSD expansion card slot (up to 32 GB)
  • audio jack
  • dock connector port

Find more details about the Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus on Amazon.

 

 

Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9

For some, the 7.0-inch form factor is too small and the 10.1-inch form factor is too big. The Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9, with its mid-way screen size of 8.9 inches, seems the sweet spot for those who want a comfortably sized Android tablet.

Sporting a 3.2-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 offers the perfect middle ground for powerful performance, especially with its dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and paired with 1 GB of RAM. Android 3.2 Honeycomb, together with Samsung TouchWiz, makes sure that this Android tablet’s hardware works in concert and at top performance. For storage, the tablet comes with 16 GB of room built in.

Available on AT&T, the GALAXY Tab 8.9 can hook up to the mobile carrier’s shiny new 4G LTE network where it is available, or fall back to HSPA+ frequencies where LTE is unavailable.

Other features of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 include the following:

  • Li-ion battery (6,100 mAh)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 720p HD recording and playback
  • Wi-Fi support
  • dock connector port

 

 

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is Samsung’s contestant in the 10.1-inch Android tablets race. It is powered by a dual-core processor (1.0 GHz) and Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The Verizon variant of this Android tablet supports 4G LTE connectivity.

Some people are turned off by the 10.1-inch form factor, but many others love the wider viewing space. Especially when browsing at lightning speeds with 4G LTE, the browsing experience on a 10.1-inch Android tablet just becomes much better than on smaller-screen Android tablets.

The GALAXY Tab 10.1 also comes along with a 3-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. Other features include the following:

  • Li-ion battery (7,000 mAh)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support
  • audio jack
  • dock connector port

Want to know more about the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Wi-Fi)? Head on to Amazon and find the best deals for this amazing Android tablet.

 

 

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon hit the sweet spot for pricing with its newest Amazon Kindle Fire, a 7.0-inch Android tablet. With a sweet price of $200, and a host of features loaded into the Amazon Kindle Fire, it is easy to see why the Android tablet has a very bright future in the Android tablets market. There are, in fact, 6 top reasons why the Amazon Kindle Fire is such a sweet and lovable Android tablet in the eyes of many.

It is powered by a 1.0-GHz dual-core processor, which places the Kindle Fire in the same league as other high-end tablets. Its processing power is coupled by 512MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. Amazon has loaded the Kindle Fire with its own, heavily optimized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Kindle Fire’s battery can provide up to about 8 hours of non-stop reading and up to about 7.5 hours of continuous video playback.

Another attractive feature of the Amazon Kindle Fire is the Amazon ecosystem itself. The Kindle Fire has the whole Amazon ecosystem within easy reach–from Amazon’s curated library of Android apps, to ebooks, to games, to digital multimedia content (movies, music, MP3s, digital magazines, et al.), to the millions of items on sale in the Amazon store.

The Amazon Kindle Fire is a Wi-Fi-only Android tablet, which means it can connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi.

You can get the Amazon Kindle Fire straight from Amazon itself.

 

 

Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet

Barnes & Noble wound up a storm with the NOOK Color, but a bigger storm has arrived in the form of the NOOK Tablet. Another contender in the 7.0-inch Android tablets race, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet is another wallet-friendly Android tablet with features decent enough for most tasks you’d normally perform on an Android tablet. Slightly costlier than but belonging to the same price range as the Amazon Kindle Fire, the NOOK Tablet offers a little bit more in the hardware department.


NOOK Tablet
The NOOK Tablet is powered by a 1.0-GHz, dual-core processor, paired with 1 GB of RAM (which is twice the RAM on the Kindle Fire) and 16 GB of internal storage (twice that on the Kindle Fire). Plus, the NOOK Tablet also includes a microSD card expansion slot for extra storage.

The NOOK Tablet’s battery also provides much longer power than the Kindle Fire–up to about 11.5 hours of straight reading and up to about 9 hours of continuous video playback (with Wi-Fi off).

Like the Kindle Fire, the NOOK Tablet is a Wi-Fi-only Android tablet.

Head off to the NOOK Tablet product page on Barnes & Noble and find out more about this colorful Android tablet.

 

 

Toshiba THRiVE

If you need your Android tablet to have all the interface ports that your laptop or netbook has, the Toshiba THRiVE is worth looking into. The Toshiba THRiVE runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb and features a 10.1-inch touchscreen that adapts its brightness to the amount of surrounding light. A 1.0-GHz, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor does the heavy lifting underneath, supported by 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage. A 16-gigabyte model and an 8-gigabyte model are also available.

For photo and video capture, the Toshiba THRiVE features a 5-megapixel main camera (capable of 720p HD video capture) and a 2-megapixel secondary camera.

Connectivity is where the Toshiba THRiVE stands out from the rest: it features a full-size HDMI port, a Mini USB 2.0 port, a full-size USB 2.0 port (yes, for that USB thumb drive), a full-size SD card slot, a docking connector port, and a standard stereo headphone jack. The Android tablet also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS.

Another important feature is the easy-grip design of the Toshiba THRiVE’s back plate, which can be replaced with custom colors.

A 23-Wh prismatic Li-ion battery provides up to about 11 hours of power.

Learn more about the Toshiba THRiVE and get the best prices for it from Amazon.

 

 

Panasonic Toughpad A1

Android tablets are fragile beings, but if you need one that can withstand any weather and (almost) any kind of abuse, you might want to take a look at the Panasonic Toughpad A1 with its MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certifications.

This tough Android tablet is not for normal, average use. It is designed to keep a smug face even under very tough conditions and severe weather. The Panasonic Toughpad A1 is more targeted for industrial and enterprise use. A magnesium alloy chassis, primed to be dust- and water-proof, protects the Android tablet’s sensitive internals.

The Panasonic Toughpad A1 is powered by a 1.2-GHz, dual-core processor with security features embedded into the hardware itself. It comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. As it is tough outside, so it is also tough inside, with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, plus connectivity ports for Micro USB, microSDHC, and Micro HDMI.

The Panasonic Toughpad A1 also supports 4G networks (WiMAX and LTE, depending on configuration) and 3G networks. The tablet also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.

A 5-megapixel main camera sits in the rear along with the LED flash, while a 2-megapixel secondary shooter sits in front.

The tablet’s 33.9-Wh Li-ion battery pack provides up to about 10 hours of power.

 

 

Acer ICONIA TAB A100

The Acer ICONIA TAB A100 is Acer’s ace for the 7.0-inch Android tablets game. Powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1.0 GHz) processor and running Android 3.1 Honeycomb (upgradable to Android 3.2), the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 is an Android tablet worth seriously considering, especially since it is backed by a well-reputed name.

The ICONIA TAB A100 comes in two models: an 8-GB model and a 16-GB model, both of which include 1 GB of RAM, support for microSD/microSDHC card expansion (up to 32 GB), 5-megapixel main camera, and 2-megapixel secondary camera.

Its 2-cell Li-polymer battery pack (1,530 mAh) provides power for up to about 4.5 hours.

Other features of the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity, Micro USB 2.0 port, full-size USB 2.0 port, and Micro HDMI port.

Check out the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 product page on Amazon for more details.

 

 

Acer ICONIA TAB A500

If the 7.0-inch screen on the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 is too small for your needs, you might get your viewing demands met with the Acer ICONIA TAB A500’s 10.1-inch full multi-touch screen. The same processing power is available on this Android tablet, courtesy of the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1.0 GHz) processor an 1 GB of RAM.

The Acer ICONIA TAB A500 comes in three storage configurations: 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB. All three run Android 3.0 Honeycomb and are definitely upgradable to the latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb. A 2-cell Li-polymer battery pack (3,260 mAh) provides enough power for the ICONIA TAB A500 to last up to about 8 hours. Support for microSD/microSDHC card expansion up to 32 GB additional storage is also included.

Just like its smaller sibling, the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 also sports a 5-megapixel primary camera for capturing high-definition videos and photos, as well as a 2-megapixel secondary camera for video calls. Other features on the ICONIA TAB A100 are also present in the Acer ICONIA TAB A500, including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity, Micro USB 2.0 port, full-size USB 2.0 port, and Micro HDMI port.

Where to buy this powerful Android tablet? Check for the best prices for Acer ICONIA TAB A500 on Amazon.

 

 

Acer ICONIA TAB A501

The Acer ICONIA TAB A500 can hook you up to the Internet quick and easy through Wi-Fi, but it gets easier with 3G and HSPA+ support on the Acer ICONIA TAB A501. This Android tablet is practically just the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 with extra hi-speed Internet connectivity support.

So, just like the ICONIA TAB A500, this Android tablet has a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1.0 GHz) processor, 1 GB of RAM, Android 3.0 Honeycomb (upgradable to Android 3.2), support for microSD/microSDHC card expansion (up to 32 GB extra storage), 5-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity, Micro USB 2.0 port, full-size USB 2.0 port, and Micro HDMI port. The Acer ICONIA TAB A501 comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage.

Just like the Wi-Fi-only ICONIA TAB A500, the Acer ICONIA TAB A501 also has a 2-cell Li-polymer battery pack (3,260 mAh) provides enough power for the ICONIA TAB A500 to last up to about 8 hours.

If you want to know more about the Acer ICONIA TAB A501, hop over to its product page on Amazon.

 

 

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

Lenovo has carved a name in the laptop and netbook market, but it also has started taking its place among the big names in the Android tablet market. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is the company’s entrant to the dual-core Android tablets market in 2011–and the tablet is directed at business users.

Featuring a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, 1 GB of RAM, and a 1.0-GHz, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet pack more than enough power for productivity and entertainment. The tablet’s screen uses In-Plane Switching technology, which makes the display viewable from a wide, 178-degree angle. Corning Gorilla Glass protects the screen from scrapes and scratches. The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is also one of the few Android tablets that supports digital pen/stylus input.

Running on Android 3.1 Honeycomb, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet provides a solid and user-friendly interface for most Android tasks. Its 3,250-mAh Li-polymer battery pack ensures up to about 8.7 hours of use even with Wi-Fi turned on.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet has three memory configurations that you can choose from: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. You can also choose between a Wi-Fi-only model or a model that can connect to both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. A 5-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera are also included.

For those who travel frequently and need a physical keyboard for faster typing, the ThinkPad Keyboard Folio is a handy companion to the ThinkPad Tablet. The ThinkPad Keyboard Folio provides a full QWERTY keyboard just like one on a laptop, plus an optical TrackPoint for easier navigation.

Take note, though, that the quality of the keyboard and TrackPoint is superb, although somewhat different from the standard keyboard on a full-blown ThinkPad laptop.

Other notable features of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet include the following:

  • Mini HDMI port
  • full-size USB 2.0 port
  • Micro USB port
  • dock connector port
  • Bluetooth 2.0 support
  • Wi-Fi support
  • 3G connectivity (on selected models)
  • SIM card slot
  • multi-card reader

Need to think more about whether to get the ThinkPad? Learn more about it and get the best prices for the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet and the ThinkPad Keyboard Folio on Amazon.

 

 

Lenovo IdeaPad K1

If Lenovo’s ThinkPad series of portable devices is for the business-oriented user, the IdeaPad series is for the creative mobile consumer. The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is one Android tablet under the latter category.

Its specs are closely similar to those of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet in many respects: 10.1-inch touchscreen, Android 3.1 Honeycomb, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth connectivity, 3G support (in selected models), 5-megapixel main camera, and 2-megapixel secondary camera.

Connectivity interfaces/ports on the Lenovo IdeaPad K1, though, are not as expansive as those on the ThinkPad Tablet. But, with a microSD card reader, Micro HDMI port, dock connector port, and a SIM card slot, the IdeaPad K1 has more than enough to get its user connected.

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 also comes with up to about 10 hours of power provided by its 2-cell battery pack.

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