TechSpot: Tablets of 2011 - What to Look For

Last year promised to be the year of the tablet, and at least for Apple, it was indeed. The nearly ubiquitous iPad managed not only to outsell every other tablet on the market by a wide margin, it also exceeded Mac sales in the last quarter. But even if Apple is not likely to lose its throne anytime soon, competition is finally making itself present. If Android's gains in the smartphone market serve any indication it should be an interesting year for tablets as well.

We've compiled a comparative table with what we consider are the hottest tablets either currently available or announced so far. Rivals such as Motorola and LG are coming on strong with the first Android "Honeycomb" tablets, while Research In Motion is launching the PlayBook using a completely reworked operating system based on QNX Neutrino. HP will start to see the fruits of its Palm acquisition when it launches the TouchPad, the first webOS-based tablet, this summer.

We'll update this guide as new tablets that catch our attention are announced and approaching their release, but if you are in the market for a tablet now this should definitely serve as a starting point for narrowing down your purchase.

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The Xoom will have a wi-fi only version. I'll be buying the 3g (upgradable to 4g) config because of my need for mobile data--especially in the summer when I travel to my lake house with no internet for weeks at a time. 800 dollars does suck, but I believe Honeycomb has positioned itself apart from other mobile phone OSs.

Over priced net tops.......

These devices are not replacement for laptops and should not be priced as such.
Once these devices start showing up a reasonable prices, sub 300 then the market place will open up to them.

As to the iPad being a sure thing, this is one of items that brings more a case of look what I have instead of look what my pad can do.
People are jumping into this market trying to sell something that is way overpriced for what your getting, and giving people the belief these devices will replace the laptop, sadly this is not going to happen.
99% of people see the error of there ways about 2-3 weeks into having there device and realize its not what they thought it was (could do).

Until they drop in price by around 60% I don't see a big market for these gadgets, just look at the net top fiasco, how many people bought those, and then after serveral months dropped back to thier laptop.

The one thing I hate is everything is being designed like its a darn phone, even around here the moto xoom you HAVE to buy a cell contract for and a data plan is required on verizon if you even want to use the darn wifi (yes wifi is disabled if you dont take out a cell data plan, and the darn wifi data counts against your data usage according to someone i talked to at verizon they claim its wifi only with verizon hotspots, which is bs)....

but make a darn tablet that isn't cell related at all UNLESS I want to, then have it as an add-on card that can put it on any darn carrier I want..... kinda like an air-card on verizon... at least then the radio's would be upgradable to stuff like LTE in the future...

ahhell said,
Glossy screens suck!!

I agree with you on that, the color might look better, but too reflective and smear to easily with oily hands

Looking at those I would have to say I would get the Xoom if I was to own a tablet.

I liked the look of the EEE Slate until I saw the weight and the price!!

Teebor said,
Looking at those I would have to say I would get the Xoom if I was to own a tablet.

I liked the look of the EEE Slate until I saw the weight and the price!!

and $800 for a tablet that isn't a full featured OS is worth it? maybe $400... but $800 no way

neufuse said,

and $800 for a tablet that isn't a full featured OS is worth it? maybe $400... but $800 no way

Which is the same for the iPad. It's high end version is $800 and essentially all it runs are flash apps.

Looking forward to Windows 7 on a tablet for my next tablet purchase.

excalpius said,

Which is the same for the iPad. It's high end version is $800 and essentially all it runs are flash apps.

Looking forward to Windows 7 on a tablet for my next tablet purchase.


That's still thousands more of "Flash Apps" then Android has.

Writing this post from my nook running honeycomb from the sdk release. $250 runs very well. Not a 10/10 but maybe a 7. Only complaint is no market or gmail app

SuperHans said,
The XOOM certainly is well specd. So expensive though ...

psh... it's only $800 here plus a required $60 a month contract with required data plan to even use wifi! wifi is disabled if you dont pay for the data plan..... gota love verizon.....

neufuse said,

psh... it's only $800 here plus a required $60 a month contract with required data plan to even use wifi! wifi is disabled if you dont pay for the data plan..... gota love verizon.....


That sucks, I am looking forward to the iPad 2

neufuse said,

psh... it's only $800 here plus a required $60 a month contract with required data plan to even use wifi! wifi is disabled if you dont pay for the data plan..... gota love verizon.....

Oh, wow! Really? I think I'll be getting two then. /s