There’s no doubt about it; 2011 is going to be the year of the touchscreen tablet revolution. Despite being around for years tablet PC’s are only just going mainstream and, not only that, but they’re only just up to the standard of becoming functional and user friendly.
Of course the iPad is the obvious example of a mainstream tablet, but it is not, by far, the be all and end all in the tablet world. Here are our favourite alternatives that are currently on sale and set to tantalise your fingertips in 2011.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the major contenders in the touchscreen tablet revolution and it’s not hard to see why. User response to this nifty little device has been very positive and the spec promises to pack a real punch. So, what do you get for your money? The Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on the Android 2.2 OS, with a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, comes with 16GB of memory (but it’s expandable up to 32GB), the screen measures in at 7” and there’s 2 cameras; one 3.2 megapixel rear facing camera and one front facing camera with 1.3 megapixels.
Phew! That’s a lot of spec – but what does it mean? Well firstly, it looks great and has a super responsive TFT screen and it’s thinner and lighter than the likes of the iPad which makes it easily transportable and of course you have access to the Android Market and Samsung Movies, as well a wide range of games. If it’s entertainment you’re after – it’s entertainment you’ll get with this tablet.
Dell Streak Android Tablet PC
Dell are just coming into their own in the tablet/mobile market. Having been successful in the home computer market, they’ve just started breaking into the mobile phone market and their first tablet: the Streak, promises to help them gain a real following in the electronics world.
The spec for the Dell Streak is as follows: Android 2.2 OS (with an overlapping UI featuring Dell’s Stage Launcher interface), 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB hard drive, 5” display screen, a 5 megapixel camera as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and inbuilt Google Maps.
The Streak looks great – and it also has a scratch resistant Gorilla glass screen which is perfect if you’re one for throwing it in your bag. It’s smaller than some tablets, but the screen is still impressive and it’s light at only 220g.
Videos and games look great and – couple with its impressive speaker – it’s a great choice for movie lovers and those wanting to use it as an e-book reader.
Inspiron Duo N550
If you’re looking into getting a tablet device, but you’re just not convinced by touchscreen capabilities, then you might want to look at the impressive Inspiron Duo N550 touchscreen tablet. It has a unique flip screen design, which allows you to use it as a touchscreen tablet or convert it to a netbook, complete with keyboard.
The spec for the Inspiron Duo N550 is: a 1.5 GHz Intel® Atom Dual Core Processor N550, Windows Home 7 Premium, 2Gb memory, 320Gb hard drive, 10.1” touchscreen and a 1.3 megapixel camera. Although it’s technically not a tablet, it is a great device for those who want the freedom of a netbook but the versatility of a tablet device. Access to apps, games and movies is a definite plus and it’s small and light enough to take just about anywhere.