Top ten Android tablets

Sunday, June 6, 2010, 10:46 by Tech Correspondent

The Apple iPad is here, HP Slate is dead, HP Hurricane might live – and Google will take on Apple, wherever, whenever they can. Web tablets are being announced at the rate of one a day, and it has already become difficult to remember who is producing what.

Top ten Android tablets

From MSI to Dell, many have forayed into the Android tablet PC scene and are looking to create ripples in a market place that nobody knows is exactly how big.  Taiwan’s Computex 2010 saw many of these nwe tablet device announcements. Considering that most of them are still not out in the market yet, so we have ranked them based on available info.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet

This looks like an iPad clone, at least in the photos. Well, we are not complaining. Not much info is available on the Galaxy Tab Android tablet at this point, but here is what we know as far as technical specifications go: Super AMOLED display, 7 inch touchscreen, forward facing camera, Android 2.1 or 2.2 Froyo. Processor might be a 1 GHz, 1.2 GHz or 1.5 GHz Snapdragon. No info on prices yet. But there was no way this one could not make it into this list of top ten Android tablets. Read more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

You might also want to read our story Upcoming Android 3.0 Gingerbread tablets from Dell, Asus, Samsung, Motorola

2. Dell Streak 5 Android tablet

There are a few touch screen smartphones with large-ish 4.3 inch displays – so how does one categorise the Dell Streak? It has a 5-inch display. So 5 inches of space makes a device a tablet, and any lesser is a smartphone?

But move away from a definition, and the Streak is a very practical Android tablet and smartphone at the same time. Price-wise, the Streak is not exactly cheap at $ 500. But if you are desperate for an Android tablet from a top-of-the line company, the Streak might be for you. It is not as large we would like it, sure – but considering that it is from Dell, and the specs looking alright, this definitely makes it into the top ten Android tablets list

$ 500 is almost as much as a WiFi Apple iPad. Strangely enough, it’s also almost the same you would pay for an unsubsidized Dell Streak, which has a 3G modem. In the UK, you can get the Dell Streak Android tablet for free when you sign up for O2’s data plan. So it’s not surprising that this pricing seems bizarre to some. With the unsubsidized version going for 429 pounds ($525), it can be fair to assume that a US carrier could soon be offering the Streak Android tablet at a heavily discounted price. However, you can get a Dell streak from Dell without having to sign for a service contract. The device will be available in the US by late July.

Dell STreak technical specifications

Network (2G)    GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 / GSM 850
Network (3G)    HSDPA 2100 / HSDPA 900
Weight    220.0 g (with battery)
Dimensions    152.0 x 79.1 x 10.0 mm
TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size    5.00 inch
Resolution    480 x 800 pixels
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Shared memory    16 GB
microSD up to 32GB, 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM
Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
3.5 mm audio jack
Networking
HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE, USB, WLAN, Bluetooth
Android 1.6, upgradable to v2.2
GPS with A-GPS
Camera    5 MP autofocus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, video, secondary videocall camera
FM Radio
Social networking integration

3. Viliv X10 Android tablet

The Viliv X10 Android tablet has a 10-inch display, WiFi, 3G and an SD card reader. The X10 is powered by an ARM-based processor. Screen resolution is 1366×768, higher than the 800×600 or 1024 x 720 norm on tablets. According to Laptop Magazine, the display is a capacitative multi-touch interface, and is pretty amazing to look at. This tablet does HD video, 3D games and is overall a great tablet. Viliv X10′s availability outside South Korea is not clear yet. But going by the reports from Computex, we can safely say that this one is a superb alternative to the iPad. A clear no. 3 as of now – but if we knew for sure when this would be launched in the US, the Viliv X10 would definitely find itself placed at the very top of of this top 10 Android tablets list.

Basic tech specs

1-GHz Samsung C110 processor based on the Cortex A-8 CPU

16 or 32GB of internal flash memory

card reader

USB port

HDMI out

back-facing webcam.

Wi-Fi, 3G or WiMax.

10 hours battery life

4. MSI Android tablet Wind Pad 110

The MSI Wind Pad 110, which runs Android 2.1 has a touchscreen interface of 10 inches, a black glossy outer shell and has NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 chip powering it. A USB port allows you to connect peripherals. As far as tech specs go, that’s about it. Rumoured price is around $ 400. Expected launch date: 2010-end.

More Android tablets worth looking at…

5. Neofonie WePad

Sadly, this one is only for Germany, we think… Cheap, affordable, open. Now, would they bring it to the US if it works in Germany?

6. Notion Ink Adam

Amazing Android tablet with Pixel Qi screen. Please bring it, guys!

7. Archos  7 Android tablet

8. Haleron iLet Mini HAL Android tablet launched

7 incher. If they have really launched, then yes…

9. Huawei SmaKit S7 Android tablet

10. Asus Eee Pad Windows 7 tablet – Android alternative

Odd man out: The Asus Eee Pad runs Windows 7. So it really should not find a place in this article – we are bringing them here because 1) They are Asus and 2) Windows 7 tablets are rare – and its good to know there is one. It has 12-inch touchscreen and as it runs Windows, we are no talking about a larger, more powerful smartphone here – this is a PC in tablet form. Remember that Android, at the end of the day, is a smartphone OS that is growing more abilities. The Asus Eee Pad can be your multi-media player, compact PC, e-reader as well as an internet device. Prices are expected to be between $399 and $449. And it has a promised ten hour battery life. In tech spec horsepower terms alone, this one is king. There is also a 10-inch version. Launch is expected early 2011. A bit too late?

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