As 2011 closes by, we will recall the hottest tablets which made a buzz this year. Every gadget and tech blogs have their own “Top 10″ or “Top X” cool things. And we at MORETABLET will not fail to bring to you our own “Top TenTablets of the Year”.
1. Apple iPad 2
This 2011, Apple’s tablet is on our “Top Ten”, as Apple iPad 2 still ruled the tablet market. Though Android powered tablets grew its share on the market, iPad still hold the throne. With a major leap from the first generation iPad, iPad 2 doubled it’s processing power by using A5 dual-core processor, increased RAM and video processing, and not to forget the continuous improvement of iOS. The above are internal improvements, but the major user-appealing enhancements on iPad 2 is it’s being lighter and thinner feature compared to it’s predecessor.
Though it’s initial design was modified after the release of iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the best alternative for iPad 2. Powered by Android OS Honeycomb, it is also driven by a dual-core processor and improved higher RAM. Galaxy Tab’s thin and light weight built gives a good impression to tablet buyers. Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung, made it’s products on the spot light, making it, more interesting and even made users curious and opt to try the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Motorola Xoom is officially the first tablet from mobile phone producer Motorola. Announced and released in the first quarter of 2011, Motorola Xoom is proud to be the first tablet to run on Android OS 3.0 Honeycomb, an Android OS version specifically developed for tablets. In addition, Motorola Xoom is the first tablet to be powered by a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor during it’s time of release. It’s introduction to the public through press release, commercials and reviews gave Motorola Xoom an impression of it’s capability to become a true competitor to Apple’s iPad.
Research in Motion’s (RIM) most popular product is the BlackBerry line of smartphones. This time as they join the tablet market, they did not fail to inherit that name to their BlackBerry PlayBook, of course its a BlackBerry! BlackBerry PlayBook has a ultra portable design with a 7 inches display, high definition rear and front cameras, an OMAP 4 dual-core processor combined with a 1GB RAM, and oh, it is powered by QNX technology. Even though RIM encountered a serious problem when it’s servers crashed in October, w ith millions of BlackBerry fans and user base around the globe, RIM BlackBerry PlayBook will still and surely join our “top ten tablets”.
5. HTC Flyer
The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC also had its own entry to the tablet market. HTC’s first tablet released in the market is the HTC Flyer. The Flyer is will be joining the 7 inches tablets, which was designed to be portable and lightweight. Running on Android OS 2.4 Gingerbread with HTC Sense, the Flyer is powered by a single-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, plus a 1GB RAM and 32GB of storage memory. It’s portability, enough power to do entertainment such as music, videos, high-definition photo capture and video recording, HTC Flyer is a sure entry to our top tablet list.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer is a tablet that really transforms. It transforms not into a robot from Cybertron, but into a notebook looking tablet since this tablet comes with a keyboard. Announced by ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih in CES 2011, Eee Pad Transformer is a lightweight tablet with 10.1 inches display. Transformer is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor with aintegrated GeForce GPU for better display of images and videos, together with its high-definition front and rear cameras. Like the Xoom, it also runs on Android OS 3.0 Honeycomb.
7. Acer Iconia
Acer Iconia tablet is a tablet has unique features compared with the rest of the tablets on our list. Iconia tablet is the world’s first 10 finger dual-screen tablet, unlike the more portable 10 and 7 inches tablets, this tablet has a 14 inches form factor, times two, remember it’s a dual-screen! This tablet sports a powerful Intel Core i5, 4GB of RAM and 640 GB of hard disk drive. That’s a tech spec of a notebook already, in addition, it runs on Microsoft Windows 7. This very powerful tablet isn’t as portable than the rest though, since it weights around 6 pounds. Yes, it is still a tablet, it has a capacitive multi-touch input screen, with tempered Gorilla glass, fingerprint and scratch resistance. Acer Iconia Tab is in our “top ten tablet”, and you probably have an idea why.
Consumer electronics giant, Sony also joined the tablet market this year. Sony’s first tablet is named Sony Tablet S, which was first introduced in a five episode video titled “Two Will“. Sony Tablet S, will be joining the Android-powered tablets, because Tablet S runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb with customizations made by Sony. It also has unique form factor with a 9.4 inches display screen, powered by a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 paired with 1GB RAM. Sony Computer Entertainment, a video game company also made sure that Tablet S is capable of playing PlayStation game titles, which can be downloaded from PlayStation Store. Like all tablets in our “top tablet list”, it has built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Barnes and Noble the largest book retailer in the United States and developer of the electronic-book reader brand Nook. Nook Tablet isn’t the first tablet from Barnes and Noble, since it already have the Nook lines of devices since 2009. As a book seller, Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet was developed to consume electronic books which can be accessed from their digital bookstore. Still, like other tablets, Nook Tablet has a 7 inches display and is capable of playing videos, music and even TV shows from entertainment services including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and others, plus it runs high-quality apps, fast Web browsing and email. Thanks to its powerful dual-core processor, combined with a 1GB RAM and 16GB of memory storage. Released in November, Nook Tablet is a sure choice for the Christmas season.
E-commerce giant Amazon.com, developer of Amazon Kindle e-book reader also realized the potential of a tablet. Announced in September, Amazon’s first tablet version of Kindle was named Kindle Fire. Amazon Kindle Fire has a 7 inches multi-touch display, powered by a TI OMAP 4 dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB storage memory. The 8GB storage together and these processing power are enough for Kindle Fire to read e-books, searching and buying stuff on Amazon store and websites, access to huge collection of apps such as NetFliz, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook and more. Amazon Kindle Fire is an Android tablet that runs on customized Android OS 2.3 which Amazon introduced a faster browser named Silk Browser. The same with Nook Tablet, Kindle Fire was also released in November, which made it for the Holiday season.
There you have it! A lot of new tablet models from different brands went out in 2011. And some of the list above are the first tablet of their respective producer. All of them created a buzz and tagged as cool, hot and controversial by both critics and consumers.
These are the Top Ten Tablets of the Year – 2011, and experts predicts that more tablets will be announced and released in 2012. What features will they offer? How powerful are the processing powers, quad-core? What operating system will they run? Will the display be more vivid, 3D, virtual reality? These are the questions that comes in our mind when we think of the future tablets. Personally, I’m also excited. Stay tuned and we’ll see the hippest, most powerful, hottest or coolest tablet again this 2012.