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Tablets Anyone? - Android Tablet Roundup part 1

Posted on 4/21/2010 by A.A.I

It's safe to say at this point in the game that Tablet Fever has officially struck. If you're looking for any further truth to that statement perhaps the fact that the iPad sold over 300,000 units on launch day, will suffice. Or that fact that many major manufactures are rushing to push out there own tablet iterations. HP, Sony, Dell, and Toshiba just to name a few. For many readers a tablet may be of little interest. You want a full featured high powered device. But for some of us nerds a well designed tablet is a dream gadget. Whatever side of the equation you find yourself on the android enthusiast in you will want to continue. I've put together a small list of some up and coming Android Tablets. Enjoy.

Dell Mini 5

The Dell Mini will feature a 5 inch screen. Only time will tell if there is a market for a device slightly larger than most phones but smaller than the iPad. In it's favor the Dell Mini will feature a camera and will make phone calls. For some this will seem more like a smartphone in comparison to the 9.7 inch screen packing iPad. Reports from CES have stated the device was light, smooth, responsive and comfortable. In a bit of recent news the Dell Mini aka the Dell Streak was just received FCC approval. And the FCC application give us a little hint that this Device will most likely end up on T-mobile's network. Though Dell has stated that this device will have multiple carriers. And is in fact already confirmed for AT&T. This one is expected to ship this summer.
  • multitouch 5-inch LCD display
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • 5MP camera
  • Ability to make Phone Calls.


Notion Ink Adam

This one comes from the fairly new in the US; Notion Ink. And there has been a lot of talk about the Adam's promised 16-hour battery life. This device is impressive in a number of ways, one of which is it's 1080p output on it's 10 inch display. A display capable of 1024x600 resolution, something the iPad is not. And while we're mentioning it the Notion Ink Adam has HDMI and USB ports, as well as Flash support. All things that are missing on Apple's device. And if all that isn't enough the Notion's Pixel Qi screen is amazing. This is where the dual display comes into play. What we're talking about is Pixel Qi's transflective screen which can switch from backlit LCD mode to low-power "electrophoretic reflective mode", which is similar to E Ink and is easier to see in direct sunlight. It's definitely worth noting that the device eats even less battery power when in this mode. In fact it's speculated to leap to around 160 hours of battery life in this low power display mode. More on the Pixel Qi at

  • 10 inch transflective LCD
  • 180 degree 3MP Swivel Camera
  • Dual-Core ARM® CORTEX
  • -A9 MPCORE™ Processor
  • Long Battery Life
  • Dual Display
  • Ebook Client
  • 3G and WiFi Connectivity
  • Multi-touch Support.
  • Flash compatibility


Archos 7

If you can recall the Archos 5 was found to be a bit lacking. Or may be you can't, for that reason.

The Archos 7 recently received FCC approval. This "Home tablet" features a 7 inch touch screen, is 0.5 inch thick and weights in at 0.8 lbs. Getting right down to business; the Archos 7 doesn't have the fastest processor, sporting a 600 MHz Rockchip RK2808. The draw for these devices is clearly the low price range. Coming in at around $179 and $200 for the 2GB and 8GB models respectively. This device isn't exactly a powerhouse but on the flip side of the average specs you get a device that is comparable to just about any smartphone on the market, has a 7 inch screen, runs android and it's apps and is half the price of an iPad.

  • 600 MHz Rockchip processor
  • 2GB or 8GB of storage
  • 128MB RAM
  • 802.11b/g WiFi
  • 7" LCD, 800x480, resistive touchscreen
  • 7 hour battery life on video playback, 44 hours on music playback.



[image via engadget]
ICD Gemini

This device is in place to seemingly become the flagship of the android tablet armada. Of course it's still in the works unfortunately. But for those who are looking for a solid android alternative to the iPad this just might be it. The ICD Gemini spec list reads like it was purposely put together to house everything Apple's device doesn't. Of course that's just our imagination but lets get down to business. This device sports a
1GHz Tegra 2 SOC which is comparable to Apple's A4. The 11.2 inch device is capable of 1080p video. It has a 3G connection that allows cellular voice calls (nice!) A replaceable battery, SD card reader, FM radio, GPS and lots more! See the spec rundown for more. All in all it's easy to see why this device is being talked about so much.

  • 11.2-inch
  • 1080p video
  • 1366x768 resolution
  • Multitouch screen, resistive and capacitive versions
  • 512MB of DDR RAM - expandable to 32GB
  • 4GM of Flash ROM
  • 3G connection that allows cellular voice calls
  • 40Wh
  • user-replaceable
  • battery,
  • SD card reader, FM radio, GPS,
  • 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth,
  • MicroUSB connectivity to PCs and USB peripherals,
  • stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • dual microphones? supposedly noise canceling. (think nexus one)
  • dual webcams -- 2 megapixel front - 5 megapixel autofocus back.
  • Flash support

Check out this Engadget post for some more Gemini goodness.


And in case you missed it we featured a post on a budget Android tablet, that priced under $100. Click here. Also there is a rumor that the HP Slate will feature a Android version of the device.(crosses fingers) And of course the big news is that Google and HTC are working on a Tablet together. This is the same join venture that brought us the Nexus One so I have high hopes for this device. Let us know in the comments, what you think of the devices and if you plan to purchase an Android powered tablet.

1 comment:

  1. wow android..
    in my country its getting popullar..
    nice move from google..


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