We were shocked to find – that out of all the Android sites out there – no one had taken the steps to provide you with a comprehensive, all encompassing, and literally massive spreadsheet detailing all the important specs that go into every one of the top Android tablets being released, or soon hereafter, in 2011.

For the first spec comparison, we put together what we believe are the top 5 Android tablets of 2011: The Motorola Xoom, The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, the LG G-Slate (Optimus Pad), and the Acer Iconia A500.

You will find that while the specs are fairly similar, there are a few important differences between some of the major players that you should know. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 takes the crown for battery life, with a whopping 8600mAh battery. Either way, we worked hard to provide you – loyal Android fans – with the most comprehensive and up to date spec comparison on the best Android tablets of 2011. Also, we’ve provided you with the download links below.

Best Android Tablets of 2011 Compared:

Here you will find the 2nd best contenders, where some of the best deals exist. While still excellent in their own right, like the hack-happy Nook Color, or ever ambitious Notion Ink Adam, we still believe the tablets in the above image are more deserving of the title of “Best Android Tablets of 2011”.

Best Cheap Android Tablets of 2011

Anyway, this is meant to serve as more of a reference for you than anything. Hit us up in the comments if there’s a particular tablet you’d like for us to review, and we’ll track it down for you.

We’d love to hear your thoughts – as always.
Here’s the download links for high quality versions of the spreadsheets – just right click and save away.

Best Android Tablets of 2011
Best Value Android Tablets of 2011

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.
  • Bob

    I imagine you mean micro rather than mini USB in each case.

    • BD

      I don’t think so. The one’s I’ve seen have Mini USB, not Micro.

  • EJensen

    Where in hell are french Archos!!…

    • Darcy Alexander

      They’re there. Still, Archos isn’t really a major player – but we will have to see if they can meet the high expectations of all tablet buyers this year.

  • Michael Sena

    Wow guys!!!

    Seriously – great job on the charts!

    It’s looking like the Asus Transformer is the one to get. With Gorilla Glass, an IPS Display, the kick ass keyboard dock, and a MicroSD and a SD slots, you can really pack a lot of data on this bad boy. I am a power user big time, and I had an iPad before – what a friggin joke. I could practically hear myself getting stupider every time I used it.

    The Xoom was a bit too early to the party, Samsung arrived at a good time, and Asus has now provided the most versatile, best value offering. The rest of the contenders mean little to me.

    Thanks again for putting it all in one place!

  • Beautiful job on the comparison charts. Only problem now is which one do I want…

  • Richard Benson

    I read that the Xoom only sold 100k, which isn’t bad, but I know that the Samsung 10.1 and the Asus Transformer are going to sell like absolute HOTCAKES.

    Plus, the Acer is a pretty good deal too. I think that once there have been 1million sold together, there will be some seriously awesome apps in the pipe too.

    All in all, this is awesome for us!!

    Darcy THANKS FOR THE CHARTS MAN!! Did you make them?

  • drexgreen

    Great charts friends, thanks! But I was also looking for weight. I’ve set up the light Archos 101 for my 77 year mother but the touch screen is, for some reason, insensitive to her small fingers. I am considering a replacement but holding the device for several hours (which she does every day) is a factor.

    • Darcy Alexander

      Hey Drexgreen,

      That’s an excellent point! I will add the weight to the charts right away. Thanks for the tip.

  • Arator

    Where can I get EeePad for $399???

  • Aaron

    the tech spec’s has to be updated and also the release date ….
    need more updated news…

  • Albert

    I will put the Notion Ink Adam up against anyone of those tablets and if it doesnt beat it it will not loose to it. Price – Specs and customazation. Any deal takers?

  • Tom

    Suggest adding a list of the tablets to avoid and why….

  • Vincent

    LOL what is NookColor doing up there? It’s not even android…. unless you root it to have it run on Honeycomb

  • KSG

    _Very_ useful chart. Helped me make up my mind.

    One suggestion: compare the User Interfaces, i.e. are they using stock Android UI or some vendor-specific overlay.

    • Darcy Alexander

      Hey KSG, thanks alot.

      That’s a great idea. Manufacturers love distinguishing themselves with their overlays. HTC’s got one, Moto’s got one, Samsung’s got one, LG’s got one. I’ll get on it right away! Would be helpful!

  • Tom H.

    Just wondering, does anyone know what takes place when upgrades of Honeycomb come out? There is currently 3.1 but, for example, the Iconia A500 has 3.0. Will updates be available at no additional cost or ????? Thanks

  • Brian Gould

    Great charts. IF the vendors will send you models, your independent reviews would be a nice addition (pros and cons side-by-side).

  • Dfcdiab

    what about nextbook 5 or 7?

  • Simon

    I like this page, but for a much more comprehensive roundup of current Android tablets this site is better: http://www.android-tablet-comparison-world.com/

  • Guest

    That’s a helpful comparision, thanks! Having the dimensions of the whole tablet would be really handy too.

  • Dancingbear

    I’m old and stupid. Was not weened w/ a bud in my ear… If I buy a device – such as an Arnova 10 – can I download books from all sources … Amazon, Barnes & Noble & others, purchasing each book without signing a contract with a store? Also – do I need to stay hooked up to wifi to read, or do I keep the downloaded book on my device? Also – I prefer Verizon in my location, how does the Verizon wifi lease work for these readers?

    • Elliottv3477

      What you would do is download the individual apps for each retailer. For example, on my Droid X, I have the Kindle for Android app and the Nook app. Once they are installed you can browse their products. Once you find one you want to buy its a simple one-time payment and the book is downloaded to your device. Also, the purchase will be recorded under your account with the retailer and you will be able to re-download or download the material to another device as needed. And no, once the book is downloaded, there is no need to be connected to a WiFi source. On a side note though, most all of the books have a “sample” you can view before purchasing. Works just like the book but you only receive a percentage of the full material, seems to be like 15-20% of the book, so you can be sure you will enjoy the content.

  • Livinwithit54

    Do you think you can add the Thrive? It has some very intriguing features..

  • Dklewis

    Someone please tell me why I shouldn’t get a apple ipad 2.i have a vizio tablet now.

  • Macy

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 after I got it for a couple of weeks, the browser stopped working, after I updated the tab through wifi, the camera stopped working. I am not the only one who has problem with it, just a really bad experience for us.
    Also, Samsung Customer Services is really inefficient, they put me on hold for over 2 hours, I just eventually gave up.

  • Melynda

    Surprised not to see the Thrive on this list. Why?

  • Estherjuarez

    need an advice bethwen the SamsungĀ® 7″ Galaxy P1 Tablet 16GB WiFi and the new Nook Tablet which one is the best?

  • Lebite

    As a forensic engineer I would love a tablet I can fit my entire reference library in (50GB) so I can refer to old photos, handbooks, articles while I am in the field investigating something. Then I’d like to be able to take geo tagged pictures of the failed products and then write notes on the picture and also be able to write notes like on a note pad. Which tablet is best for all of this??

    • Any of the newer tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Asus Transformer, or others will all work with 64GB SDXC cards, thereby enabling you to have your entire reference library on the move.

      Hope that helps.

  • theConstruct

    The fact that not a one of your recommend tablets was 4:3 is inexcusable.

  • I bought an Impression 7″ tablet-Android 2.2—and my son says he cant get “andriod market” so he does not like??? Can anyone tell me what this is and why is it so important??

  • Georgecardoza

    I want a tablet that can connect wirelessly with my Android Phone for web surfing, email and playing downloaded movies

  • Omar

    what about the sony tablet the only one with the playstation thingy

  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the best for me.It has great features which I surely enjoyed so much and might as you too.

  • Jean-Marc Petit

    Not sure I can use these stats, had a Galaxy tab and never did 10 hours.

  • Larrylee5566

    i have add a site link for http://googleandroidtabletpcs.blogspot.com