TechSpot: Tablets of 2011 - What to Look For (June Update)

Last year promised to be the year of the tablet, and at least for Apple, it was. 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 Q4 with a record 7.33 million units moved. Apple is not likely to lose its throne anytime soon, but competition is now making itself present from every possible angle. If Android's smartphone gains serve any indication this should be an interesting year for tablets.

Companies such as Asus and Samsung are coming on strong with their first Android "Honeycomb" tablets, while Research In Motion on the other hand isn't doing too well with the PlayBook. It remains to be seen if HP suffers the same fate or if its Palm acquisition pays off when it launches the TouchPad, the first webOS-based tablet, on July 1st.

We've compiled a comparative table with what we consider are the hottest tablets either currently available or announced so far. We'll update this guide as new tablets that catch our attention are announced and approaching their release, but with more than a dozen already in the market, this will serve as a starting point for narrowing down your purchase.

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The Xoom has Honeycomb 3.1 now... I think the tablet's great, far better than the iPad (but I haven't used an iPad 2 to compare).

Fezmid said,
The Xoom has Honeycomb 3.1 now... I think the tablet's great, far better than the iPad (but I haven't used an iPad 2 to compare).

Far Better ? You're right man.
I can't understand how iPad users like their iGarbage.
Honeycomb 3.1 Rocks, Nuff Said'

boumboqc said,

Far Better ? You're right man.
I can't understand how iPad users like their iGarbage.
Honeycomb 3.1 Rocks, Nuff Said'

^This.

boumboqc said,

Far Better ? You're right man.
I can't understand how iPad users like their iGarbage.
Honeycomb 3.1 Rocks, Nuff Said'

I guess when it runs, yes it rocks. What I like is how many apps are available for Honeycomb, is it 10? 20?. It makes the experience even better.

argentum76 said,

I guess when it runs, yes it rocks. What I like is how many apps are available for Honeycomb, is it 10? 20?. It makes the experience even better.


Spoken like someone who has no idea what's on the platform. Keep spreading the FUD.

argentum76 said,

I guess when it runs, yes it rocks. What I like is how many apps are available for Honeycomb, is it 10? 20?. It makes the experience even better.

you're right, having 2000 apps to show you how to remove a gum under your shoes is Farr more usable. The app store is a joke, yes there are apps, lot of, but how much are really useful ?

argentum76 said,

I guess when it runs, yes it rocks. What I like is how many apps are available for Honeycomb, is it 10? 20?. It makes the experience even better.

Eh.. I have a Motorola Xoom and have no complaints. I use it to browse the internet, listen to music, check my bank, check emails, check facebook. It does all of that.. so I can't complain. Does it run Skype well? no but.. I have a phone and a laptop so I have patience because in the end waiting it out for the apps to come (which they will) is the price to pay for an early adopter but rather than bitch about it I just use my device for what it can do which right now is everything I need! /my2cents

edit: oh and being able to ACTUALLY browse the internet (you know with flash and stuff) is very nice!

Fezmid said,
The Xoom has Honeycomb 3.1 now... I think the tablet's great, far better than the iPad (but I haven't used an iPad 2 to compare).

Well the hardware looks nice, can't say all to much good about Honeycomb after having tired it though
Tried it on an Acer Iconia and seriously, the UI HTC put on the flyer was actually better... Honeycomb do look nice but doesn't fell nice, it feels like it's halfway trough development...

Ently said,

Eh.. I have a Motorola Xoom and have no complaints. I use it to browse the internet, listen to music, check my bank, check emails, check facebook. It does all of that.. so I can't complain. Does it run Skype well? no but.. I have a phone and a laptop so I have patience because in the end waiting it out for the apps to come (which they will) is the price to pay for an early adopter but rather than bitch about it I just use my device for what it can do which right now is everything I need! /my2cents

edit: oh and being able to ACTUALLY browse the internet (you know with flash and stuff) is very nice!


Skype works for me. Don't know why it wouldn't work for you. My mother in law makes calls to poland every week on my xoom. Her mother started crying because she had never heard her daughter so clearly. That was kind of impressive. The Xoom has quite a number of extremely useful apps. Anyone saying otherwise really hasn't used the Xoom for any extended period and therefore is not qualified to critique it. Most of the criticisms here about Honeycomb are coming from those unqualified individuals.

Still too expensive.. just bought myself a £200 Advent Vega, and with modded ROM its fantastic, why would you want to spend more?? Punches well above its price point!