Types of Tablets

Before you start…

Once you have decided to purchase a tablet, you are faced with the task of figuring out exactly what model you would like to purchase. The following help page provides a brief description and the content specifications for some of the most popular tablets on the market. After each description is a summary of different features for the device: operating system, display, storage, camera, size, battery, and price. We have provided a PDF comparison chart for all the tablets discussed here for easy viewing of these differences. If you would like any further information, please contact information technology at 937-766-7905.

Apple iPad 2

The Apple iPad and iPad 2 is the most popular tablet currently on the market. iPad 2 runs on a 1GHz dual-core A5 CPU. Apple offers the most applications (apps) of any tablet (over 350,000 apps are available). Many also consider it to have the smoothest functionality. iPad 2 is also one of the thinnest, fastest tablets currently available. It is an excellent choice for media, email, games, and app availability. A downside to this tablet is a lack of ports (such as Micro SD and Mini HDMI). Also, the iPad 2 has a lower quality camera that does not include a flash.

  • Operating System: iOS 4.3
  • Display: 9.7” LED Backlight Screen
  • Resolution: 1024 x  768
  • Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB. Or 64 GB
  • Camera: Front: VGA, Rear: 720p, Flash: no
  • Physical Size: 9.5” x 7.31” x 0.34”
  • Weight: 1.33 pounds                                                            
  • Ports: Headphone minijack, charging port
  • Battery: 10 hours
  • Price: $500 for 16 GB, $600 for 32 GB, $700 for 62 GB

Asus EEE Pad Transformer TF101

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer TF101 is powered by the NVIDIA®  Tegra ™ 2 dual-core processor. A number of users prefer the TF101 over other tablets because of its tablet and netbook functionality. In other words, the TF101 does not simply aim to be a portable media center, it aims to bring you the functionality of a laptop in the package of a tablet. It includes ports (Micro SD, Mini HDMI) that are not available on a number of other tablets. A docking station ($160) can be purchased that essentially transforms the tablet into an ultra-thin laptop. The docking station includes a charging accessory, a full QWERTY keyboard, 2 USB slots, and 1 SD card slot. Users usually note that while the applications available for the TF101 are wide-spread, there are not as many choices as with the iTunes App Store.

  • Operating System: Andriod 3.2
  • Display: 10.1” LED Backlight Screen,
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Storage: 16 GB or 32 GB
  • Camera: Front: 1.2 M pixel, Rear: 5 M pixel, Flash: no
  • Physical Size: 10.6” x 6.7” x 0.5”
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Ports: Micro SD card slot, Mini HDMI output, headphone jack, charging port
  • Battery: 9.5 hours (device only), 16 hours with dock
  • Price: $400 for 16 GB, $470 for 32 GB

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook, created by Research In Motion (RIM), is considered one of the best tablets currently available, especially for business use. This tablet has a number of positives and negatives. It stands above other tablets for three main reasons: ports (Mini USB, HDMI, and SD slots are included), browser support (it supports Flash website integration), and camera. Another advantage is that the speakers are built into the front of the device, preventing the sound from being muffled. Downsides to this tablet include its small power button (users complain it is difficult to turn off and on) and its smaller screen size size.

  • Operating System: QNX (BlackBerry Tablet OS)
  • Display: 7” LCD
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600
  • Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB
  • Camera: Front: 3 M pixel, Rear: 5 M pixel, Flash: no
  • Physical Size: 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4”
  • Weight: 0.9 pounds
  • Ports: Micro SD card slot, Micro HDMI, Micro USB, headphone jack, charging port
  • Battery: 8-10 hours
  • Price: $500 for 16 GB, $600 for 32 GB, $700 for 64 GB

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the best tablet’s available that is running Android’s Honeycomb operating system. It has a higher screen resolution than the iPad 2, and is also lighter even though it has a wider screen. Some consider it the iPad 2 of Android tablets However, the Android market has about 200,000 apps, while the Apple App store has over 450,000 apps.

  • Operating System: Android 3.0
  • Display: 10.1” LCD widescreen
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB
  • Camera: Front: 2 M pixel, Rear: 3 M pixel, Flash: Yes
  • Physical Size: 10.1” x 6.9” x 0.3”
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Ports: Headphone jack, charging port
  • Battery: 9 hours
  • Price: $500 for 16 GB, $597 for 32 GB, Price unconfirmed for 64 GB

Motorola Xoom

The Motorola Xoom is another powerful Android tablet for users to consider. The Xoom has one of the best rear-facing cameras currently available for tablet and also comes with a number of ports (micro USB, micro HDMI, and micro SD). However, some users complain that the display on the Xoom is not as sharp as on the Galaxy, despite that they both have a 1280 x 800 screen resolution. It also only comes in one size (32 GB), while other tablets usually offer a 16 or 64 GB model.

  • Operating System: Android 3.1
  • Display: 10.1”
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Camera: Front: Front: 2 M, Back: 5 M, Flash: Yes
  • Physical Size: 9.8” x 6.6” x 0.5”
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI, Micro SD, Headphone jack
  • Battery: 10 hours
  • Price: $600 for 32 GB

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