Which tablet should I choose?
That’s the question that will become more and more common as the tablet industry kicks into high gear this year. We will try to help you answer that question with this blog post featuring a side-by-side comparison of the top three tablet computers to watch out for in 2011.
- The Apple iPad is the standard for tablet computers. With more than 17 million iPads sold to date and the iPad2 in Canada as of March 25 Apple has clearly set the pace.
- BlackBerry is still a giant in the smart phone space and the BlackBerry PlayBook, widely viewed as runner up of the CES 2011 Best of Tablet Award, is a highly anticipated tablet from RIM.
- The Motorola Xoom is the unknown kid on the block for many, but with its recent crowning at CES 2011 – Best of Show Award – and Android’s latest operating system optimized for tablets, this tablet will head up the Android attack this year.
As the market continues to evolve, we will make every effort to update this blog as more information becomes available.
|Apple iPad2||BlackBerry Playbook||Motorola Xoom|
|Weight||630g (Wi-Fi), 730g (Wi-Fi+3G)||400g||730g|
|Screen Size||9.7-inch diagonal multi-touch||7-inch diagonal, multi-touch||10.1-inch diagonal, multi-touch|
|Resolution||1024×768 – pixel resolution||1024×600 – pixel resolution||1280×960 – pixel resolution|
|OS||iOS 4.3||BlackBerry Tablet OS||Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)|
|Processor||Dual-core 1 Ghz Chip||Dual-core 1 Ghz chip||Dual-core 1 Ghz Chip|
|Internet||Safari browser – No Flash Support||Flash enabled web browser||Flash enabled Android browser|
|Storage||16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive||16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive||32GB with optional SD card expansion|
|Battery Life||10 hrs||Not Specified||10 hrs|
|Camera||3MP front, 5MP rear||3MP front, 5MP rear||2MP front, 5MP re16GB, ar|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 2.1 Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G (for 3G models), HDMI Video Out||Bluetooth 2.1 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, pairs via Bluetooth with a BlackBerry device for 3G connectivity||Bluetooth 2.1, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi only version|
|Pricing||$519 – $849||$499 – $699||$599|
Carriers and pricing are yet to be confirmed and the specifications are speculative in some instances. However, if you are in the market for a tablet in the next two to three months your research will likely have begun already as this promises to be an exciting time for a market that before the iPad was considered to be dead.
So which tablet do you intend to buy?
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