2011 is the year for the tablet. With iPad 2 sales in full swing, it is obvious that the tablet is here to stay. While no one can dispute Apple’s reign in the tablet market, there are some notable tablets to look out for this year. Here is ZDNet’s list of which ones they think are tops.
* Apple iPad 2-Apple started the whole tablet market. The iPad 2 is thinner and lighter than the original and will probably be the top seller in 2011, significantly beating the other tablets in the market. It sports a 9.7 inch screen.
* Motorola Xoom-this is the newest Android tablet and runs on the Android Honeycomb OS for tablets. Motorola and Verizon should be adding the free 4G upgrade soon. Wi-Fi only will be available soon. The XOOM has a 10.1-inch display.
* HP TouchPad-is the first webOS-based tablet. The webOS platform is well designed for tablet screens, and HP will soon be adding a special wireless interaction with the upcoming Pre 3 Smartphone. It is expected to hit the marketplace by June.
* HTC Flyer-HTC is the top manufacturer of Android phones. Its first tablet will have an HTC-optimized interface, and adds Scribe technology for handwriting and drawing onscreen. It will work with cloud-based Evernote for handwritten note-taking.
* Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-the second version of their popular Tab. This model can be compared with the iPad for thinness and being light, and will ship with the Android Honeycomb OS. Samsung is making every effort to compete with the iPad is both form and price. From the name you can guess that it will have a 10.1 inch screen.
* Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9-similar to the other Galaxy tablets, but smaller. Obviously it has an 8.9 inch screen.
* RIM Playbook-BlackBerry is about to release its new tablet. Running on its own QNX OS, it is designed for intuitive touch. It is a standalone device, but does have additional capabilities with some BlackBerry phones. The Playbook sports a 7 inch screen.
* Sprint View 4G-made by HTC. It is similar to the HTC Flyer but runs on Sprint’s 4G WiMAXX speeds. It has a 7 inch screen.
* Asus Eee Pad Transformer-Asus, most noted for its netbooks is now offering a unique tablet that will work with optional accessories such as a keyboard dock that turns it into a full Android notebook. The Eee Pad Transformer has a 10.1 inch screen.
* LG G-Slate-released soon in the US on T-Mobile, the G-Slate is a mid-sized Android tablet with 3D camera. It has a strong set of features, and comes with an 8.9 inch screen.
Are you thinking of getting a tablet soon? Will you go with the iPad 2, a webOS or an Android? I am considering an Android, but am waiting to see which ones come out with the new Honeycomb OS. Another consideration is a case with a Bluetooth keyboard. I don’t like typing with touch screens.
My son has an iPad and really didn’t like it all that well until he bought a case with a keyboard. Now he rarely uses his laptop.
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