The 2010/2011 winter brought us tons of different tablet personal computers. Of course, the most popular tablets to come out of that time frame include the iPad 2 and Xoom. Tablets are going to increase in numbers throughout the rest of 2011, especially since new Android 3.0 tablets are on their way. Without a doubt, you’ll want to pick up a tablet for yourself. Which ones are the best from Winter 2010/2011? Well, let’s jump right into the top 5 tablets!
1. Apple iPad 2
Obviously, the Apple iPad 2 is the premier tablet computer – much like the iPhone 4 is one of the premier cell phones. The iPad 2 boasts a slim design, 2 cameras, a dual processor running iOS 4.3, and plenty more. Apple’s iPad 2 runs smoothly and quickly without any major issues. On top of that, the touch screen is responsive, and the device is simple to use. The iPad 2 fixed many of the flaws held by the original iPad, which was already an effective and top-of-the-line tablet. For now, the iPad 2 remains the premier tablet computer on the market, but others are there for stiff competition. This device is available with Wi-Fi only and Verizon or AT&T’s network.
2. Motorola Xoom
Motorola’s Xoom is a powerful device that runs on Android 3.0 software, has a 10-inch touchscreen, and more. Of course, the Xoom runs on Verizon’s network with 4G compatibility imminent. The device has some power and is pretty fun to use. It isn’t as fluid and smooth to use as the iPad 2, but it offers just as much and even more. For instance, the Xoom’s two cameras are much better than the iPad 2’s cameras. However, the Xoom is fairly expensive in comparison to other tablets on the market.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab
The Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on multiple networks but is generally the same device for each carrier. For starters, the Tab is a smaller tablet at 7 inches. It supports flash, runs on Android 2.2, and offers two cameras for users. The screen is extremely responsive and well-built. Without a doubt, the Galaxy Tab can compete with the iPad 2 in many ways. The Android Marketplace is available on the Tab, which is great because other Android 2.2 tablets don’t offer the same capability.
4. Dell Streak 7
The Dell Streak 7 runs Android 2.2’s operating system on T-Mobile’s 4G network. Of course, the 4G boost is pretty nice for this tablet. Unfortunately, the tablet’s screen seems low quality and the operating system isn’t as fine-tuned as the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Dual cameras and flash support will make up for these pitfalls in the eyes of some users but not all. Therefore, the Dell Streak 7 is a fairly nice tablet that seems like it could be much better if it was built stronger and kept off the market for a few extra weeks.
5. Archos 101
Finally, the Archos 101 is a 10-inch tablet with one front-facing camera and is fairly cheap for what you get. The tablet has some nice features that other tablets lack, but it doesn’t even support the Google or Android marketplaces. On top of that, the touchscreen isn’t very responsive and the keyboard is difficult to use. The Archos runs on Android 2.2, but it seems unrefined and lacking in many ways. For these reasons, the Archos is better than some other low-end tablets, but it just barely stands up to the better tablets.
Are you going to buy a tablet anytime soon?
For now, these five tablet computers are the best on the market – without a doubt. Newer tablets running Android 3.0 are coming soon, so you might want to wait to buy a tablet. Still, these tablets stand up to the competition and can be a great choice for anybody. As far as Winter 2010/2011 is concerned, the iPad 2, Xoom, Tab, Streak 7, and Archos 101 will stand as the best offerings from manufacturers.
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