The iPad is still dominating the tablet market. The iOS tablet from Apple has been preffered by many until now, however there are still many that either cannot afford an iPad or simply are Android fans and choose an Android-based tablet. As an Android fan, I cannot help but notice the increasing number of Android-based tablets on the market. Companies are competing to help you choose their product over another on the market, however just a hand-full succeed in doing so.
If you don’t like Android for whatever reason, or you’re just more used to the Windows 7 on you PC or laptop, there’s a few tablets offering users the Windows 7 experience.
To get your Windows 7 tablet you may find yourself choosing between the Blackberry PlayBook and the HP TouchPad. I would advise you to stop and think for a moment, because it seems that the new Android version from Google – the Android 3.0 – will rule all.
You now have many choices for your new Android-based tablet. You will have to choose the best one for you based on screen-size, battery life, on-board RAM and processing power. Here’s the line-up of the best five Android tablets on the market right now:
1. Asus Eee Pad Transformer
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is one of the best Android tablets on the market right now. The features are quite impressive offering a 10.1 inch IPS LED Touchscreen and running on the Android 3.2 OS. The Asus Eee Pad transformer is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU and comes with 1GB of DDR2 and 16GB/32GB internal storage. Other features include a Gravity Sensor, Light Sensor, E-Compass, GPS and Gyroscope just to name a few.
The best thing about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet is the keyboard dock that will turn your tablet into an Android netbook. It costs a little extra but I think it’s worth it. You’ll be able to use it as a lightweight version of your laptop based on the new Android 3.0 OS. Asus has already announced the new Asus Eee Pad Slider which will come with a slide-out keyboard after the success of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android 3.0 tablet is available on amazon.com for $393 for the 16GB version and $459 for the 32GB version. Be sure to check it out as it is the #1 on this list.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Eee Pad Transformer offers a little bit more than your average tablet and that’s why everyone loves it so much. It can turn into a netbook as well and you can use it for writing comfortably almost anywhere.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the other hand, is the alternative of the iPad 2. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and is thinner and lighter than the mighty iPad 2. That’s actually a huge deal considering all the fuss Apple made about their thin iPad 2. The price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is almost the same as the iPad 2, so you can see it as the Android alternative for a great tablet.
3. Motorola Xoom
Motorola’s Xoom tablet was the first to come with the Android Honeycomb OS. This is one reason for its popularity, others have to be a wonderful design and great performance. It’s definitely in the “reliable” category, offering great and lasting performance as well as long battery life. The only problem with the Motorola Xoom is that the price is a bit on the high side. This is the only reason many have turned away from this wonderful Android tablet.
4. LG Optimus Pad
The LG Optimus Pad is a popular choice among tablet owners because it brings in a new feature to the table – 3D. Companies are making everything in 3D these days, so LG has decided to introduce the first tablet coming with 3D capabilities. LG has equipped the Optimus Pad with dual 5 megapixel cameras that you can use to record 3D content and watch it on your 3D TV. You will need to own a 3D TV, as the Optimus Pad is not able to playback 3D content. If you’re going nuts for 3D the LG Optimus Pad is an Android tablet that you shouldn’t miss.
5. HTC Flyer Tablet
HTC is also in the tablet market with their Flyer, Android-based option. The HTC Flyer uses the Android Gingerbread as an OS, offering an alternative to the Honeycomb edition. The Flyer looks great and features a 7-inch touchscreen which you can use new widgets and content that HTC has to offer with the Flyer tablet and also Sense user-interface. The Sense UI has built a solid fan-base among Android users which opt for this tablet to take advantage of the new, user-friendly interface from HTC.
I hope this article will help someone make the right decision when choosing their next tablet. Each one offers something different and usually the one that’s bringing a new feature to the table gets a solid fan-base that boosts its popularity.