Apple’s iPad announcement in early 2010 followed into a year where ‘tablet’ was one of the hottest buzzwords in technology. Swarms of consumers were seduced by the idea of devices that could offer portable, app-driven touchscreen computing. Manufacturers raced to get their own version of a tablet onto the shelves and major manufacturers are already promising new and/or updated tablets in 2011.
Let’s take a look at some of the best tablets that made it onto shelves in 2010:
Apple’s iPad is currently the tablet market leader. The 9.7” touchscreen tablet combines web surfing, emailing, multimedia viewing, e-books and access to thousands of applications. Priced from $499 (Rs.22,450) for the 16GB WiFi up to $829 (Rs.37,300) for the WiFi & 3G, 64GB model.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
The Galaxy Tab is Samsung’s first tablet and currently the biggest competition to iPad. It runs Android 2.2, comes with a 7 inch 1024x600 pixel display, a 3MP camera with flash, 3G and WiFi. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is priced at $600 (Rs.27,000)
HP Slate 500 Tablet PC
The HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is a Windows 7 tablet built for business users. It weighs 0.68 kg and comes with a 8.9 inch multitouch display. It has a 3MP camera on the back, a VGA webcam on the front, WiFi, USB 2.0 port, up to 64 GB of storage and up to 5 hours of battery life. The HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is priced at $799 (Rs.37,000)
ViewSonic ViewPad 7
It is not just a 7” Android 2.2 tablet, it also packs in full phone functionality, multi-tasking, front- and back-facing cameras, and 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It is priced at around £350 (Rs.29,500).
Archos 9 PC tablet
An ultra-light tablet designed for on-the-go computing, full HD video watching, web browsing, video chatting and emailing. The Windows 7 tablet comes with 8.9 inch 1024 x 600p resistive touch screen, a 1.3MP webcam, WiFi, USB port, and HD video playback. It costs around $550 (Rs.24,750)
Toshiba Libretto W105
A dual screen 7.0-inch LCD tablet. The Libretto W105 tablet runs the full version of Microsoft’s Windows 7 and packs in a 1.2GHz Intel Pentium processor, two touch-sensitive 7.0 inch wide LED LCDs, 2GB memory, a 1MP webcam, and around 2 hours of battery life. Priced at $1,099 (Rs.50,000)
A 5-inch screened, Android-powered smartphone-cum-tablet that brings browsing, multi-tasking, turn-by-turn navigation, and media-rich content to the miniaturized tablet format. Runs on Android 2.2 and has 5MP camera (and back facing VGA webcam), email, SMS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 16GB of pre-installed memory. Sells for $199.99 (Rs.9000) on a two year contract or $549.99 unlocked.
Dell Inspiron Duo
A tablet and netbook- all in one- letting users flip the screen into a tablet form for touchscreen input or back to the more-traditional full keyboard netbook setup for productivity. 10.1 inch HD multitouch display, dual-core processor, a 1.3MP webcam, Priced from $549.99 (Rs.25,000)