The Top 3 Tablets We’re Looking Forward To, January Edition
Sure 2011 is looking like a crazy year for cell phones, but as we can already see, it also is looking like an awesome year for tablets. At CES in the beginning of the month over 100 tablets were announced, and while that’s a whole lot of tablets, here are three of the tablets that we’re looking forward too and the ones we expect will definitely give the iPad a real run for your money.
This is the first of the big tablets, and wow is it impressive. The Motorola Xoom (pronounced ”Zoom”) is a 10.1 inch high res (1280×800), dual core 1 GHZ processor with 1 GB of RAM (for ridiculous speed. And yes, just like Motorola’s Atrix 4G for AT&T!), 5 megapixel back camera with flash and 2 megapixel front camera (for HD video chat), support for WiFi, 3G and upgradable to 4G LTE, AND Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb. That last part is whats really huge.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the first version of Android designed specifically for tablets, unlike all the other Android tablets currently out which run just a supersized version of the phone version of Android 2.2 with no specific apps that take benefit of a tablets much larger screen (such as running an email app with the message on one half the screen and a list of your other messages on the other half). Just look at this video highlighting some of the new features:
Yeah, it looks pretty sick. The Xoom is expected to be out soon (rumors have it pegged for an arrival possibly as soon as February 17th) for a price yet to be announced. It will be available either as a WiFi only model or with Verizon 3G with a Verizon 3G/4G model coming later (the first 3G model will also be upgradeable to Verizon’s 4G LTE through some kind of add-on). You can see more of the Xoom at Verizon’s site here.
T-Mobile and LG introducing the LG G-Slate at CES (pic and rumored specs from TmoNews)
Not much is known about T-Mobile and LG’s big Android 3.0 tablet, but what is rumored to be coming in this beast is as incredible as what we know is coming with the Xoom. We’re talking an 8.9 inch screen, dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor (read: really powerful), built-in USB AND possibly 3D cameras with that 8.9 inch screen also being glasses-free 3D (just like the Nintendo 3DS)! Yeah, if true this is truly incredible.
What is though fully confirmed at this point is that it is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb (like the Xoom) and will support T-Mobile’s 4G. Let’s hope T-Mobile and LG release more info on all of this and soon (rumor is we can expect this in March). For now you can check out T-Mobile’s teaser site here, or their YouTube channel for some more videos of Android 3.0 Honeycomb in action.
BlackBerry PlayBook 4G
Not all of the big new tablets are Android based. BlackBerry is getting into the tablet game, and like LG and Motorola, their tablet also looks to be going all out.
Gone is the old BlackBerry OS that is seen on all current BlackBerrys, instead replaced by a much slicker, nicer and much, much more modern QNX OS (RIM actually bought the company which made the OS, a company called QNX. Just a little side point on the name…). This new Tablet OS (which it also has been referred to as)– which RIM said will eventually be coming to future BlackBerrys once the power in them is up to par– is really incredible. From the multitasking to the apps to the web browsing (with full Flash support) to the BBMing– everything looks so much better on this than on any BlackBerry we’ve EVER seen! Here’s a preview video RIM put it showcasing some of the features in their new OS.
And that slick OS needs some serious horsepower underneath it, and the PlayBook’s got that too. Packing 1 GB of RAM and a 1 GHZ Dual Core Processor (this second part being what RIM says is needed for BlackBerry phones to get this OS) for speed, 3 megapixel front camera and 5 megapixel back camera for HD video chat, 7 inch screen, and support for WiFi, GPS, 3G (when connected, or “tethered” to a BlackBerry. This also allows all of your BlackBerry content– like BBMs, contacts, etc.– to sync with the PlayBook so you work from either) and 4G on the Sprint network (though RIM will, like Apple and Motorola, also be selling a separate WiFi only version of their tablet).
While price or release date haven’t been announced, we can expect the PlayBook 4G to be available sometime this summer.
Think the above three are awesome? Well, the tablet wars are just getting started– rumors are that next month we’ll finally see some info on new tablets from HP/Palm, HTC, Samsung, Dell and of course, an iPad 2 (with the early word here being front and back cameras, a slimmer design, and improved speed are all on the way). Yeah, tablets will be big this year but out of the above 3, which do you like the most?