Some of the Best Tablets Compared in 2011

by: Darcy LaCouveeJanuary 21, 2011

Motorola XoomSamsung Galaxy TabBlackberry PlaybookApple Ipad
O/SAndroidAndroidBlackBerry Tablet OSiOS
AppsMore than 100,000 Android appsMore than 100,000 Android appsPlayBook-specific apps via BlackBerry App World40,000+ iPad apps through the Apple App Store; 300,000+ compatible iPhone apps
Flash SupportYesYesYesNo
MultitaskingYesYesYesYes, with the newest iOS upgrade
Screen10.1-inch widescreen7″ wide screen TFT LCD7″ wide screen LCD9.7” 4:3 IPS screen
Screen Resolution1280×8001024 x 6001024 x 6001024 x 768
Camera5 MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera1.3MP camera for videoconferencing, 3MP camera on reverse side3MP camera for videoconferencing, 5MP camera on reverse sideNone
CPUTegra 2 Dual Core 1Ghz1Ghz ARM1GHz Dual-core TI OMAP44301Ghz ARM
Portsmicro U.S.B., HDMI for video outU.S.B.U.S.B., HDMI for video outApple dock connection
Navigationcompass, GPSCompass, GPSNoneCompass, assisted GPS (3G version only)
Storage32 GB, with SD support after software updateMicroSD card slot (16GB pre-installed)­­16, 32 or 64 GB16, 32 or 64 GB
WirelessWi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G upgradeable. Can be used as personal hotspot.Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3GWi-Fi, Bluetooth (3G via BlackBerry phone tether)Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G (some models)
Estimated Battery Life10 hours video playback7 hoursUnknown10 hours, 1 month standby
Dimensions9.8” x 6.6″ x 0.5″7.48″ x 4.74″ x 0.47″5.1″ x 7.6″ x 0.4″9.56″ x 7.47″ x 0.5″
Weight1.6 lbs0.8 pounds0.9 pound1.5 pounds
Wireless PlanVaries by carrier$15 or $25 a month via AT&T (No contract)
Price$600 ($400 with contract)Unknown$500-$830

2010 was supposed to be the Year of the Tablet, but it just didn’t really happen. Apple, however, did have a stellar year, and now dominates over 85% of the tablet market. The upcoming flood of tablets set to launch is stunning. Analysts estimate over 50 million tablets will be sold in 2011.

Manufacturers have long awaited a more tablet-friendly operating system from Google. and it is finally upon us. Several new models have either been released, or are in a very advanced state of preview. Which one deserves your hard earned dollars? Our bet is on the Motorola Xoom, but, as you can see, there are many enticing tablets set to be released very soon.

What do you think? Will Android 3.0 Honeycomb impress? Or will Apple continue to trounce all of the offerings available? Only time will tell of course, but for now, check back here often for the latest updates!

  • deraildoax

    I hate to say it cus I just bought an Archos 101 but I would really like to see what the HP Webos tablet will be like. I’ve owned six different Android phones and both webos phones, Pre and Pixi. I like both os’ but webos’ UI and gestures are better for daily use. I also would like to see how good that Polaroid Android tablet is as well as the unreleased HTC tablet that’s rumored for a march launch. I just have a feeling that the HTC and HP ones will be expensive. The Polaroid one is probably the only one I’ve heard of recently that will be priced competitively.

  • great comparison chart Darcy! I’ve got a similiar one for smartphones on my site as well smartphone comparison

  • RR

    No Notion Ink Adam !!!! come on.

  • ms

    not all the android apps will work on the android tablets so lower that number a great deal.

  • Mike Bee

    Just a quick point… Which of these devices can you actually buy today? The Tab is looking like it isn’t really comparable to the others and the two others aren’t for sale.