January 21, 2011
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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!

Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.
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