Welcome to the Best Tablet Comparison Guide. This site is a guide to help make an informative decision to purchase the best Tablet PC for you. To get started, we suggest that you do one of two things:
- Read our Tablet Reviews. This is recommended for those that have not purchased a tablet PC before or are looking for detailed information on a specific or new Tablet. On our review page, you’ll find links to all of our 2011 Tablet reviews. You’ll also find them in the sidebar and in the comparison chart below.
- Look at our Tablet comparison chart below. This is recommended for those who have already done extensive research, but would like to compare all the specs and features that you’ve read about each tablet, side-by-side before you buy.
If you’d like to learn more about how to compare tablets read the information underneath the comparison chart below.
|Tablet Reviews (click on name)||Ipad 2||Asus EEE Slate||Viewsonic G Tablet||Motorola XOOM||Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1|
|Tablet Size||9.6 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches||12.28 x 8.16 x 0.67 inches||13 x 2.8 x 9.8 inches||7.5 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches||10.1 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches|
|Screen SizeTouch?||9.7-inch LED widescreenMulti Touch Display||12.1″ WSVGA (1280×800)Capacitive LED Touchscreen||10″ DisplayMulti-Touch Screen||10.1” Display||10.1” High Definition (1280×800)|
|Weight||1.5 Pounds||2.56 Pounds||2.5 Pounds||13.6 Ounces||1.25 Pounds|
|Memory||16,32,64 Gigs Memory||32,64 Gigs Memory||16 Gigs Memory (Expandable to 48)||32 Gigs Memory(SD Expandable)||16,32 Gigs Memory|
|Battery Life||10 Hours||Up to 3 Hours||Up to 10 Hours||Up to 10 Hours (14 day standby)||Up to 10 hours|
|InternetBluetooth?||Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)+ 3g ConnectivityWith Bluetooth||Wireless (802.11b/g/n)With Bluetooth||Wireless 802.11GWith Bluetooth||Wireless- N Wi-FiWithBluetooth,3G (4G coming soon)||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n Bluetooth v2.1|
|Operating System||Application (Iphone/Ipad)||Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)||Android 2.2 OS (Froyo)||Android 3.0 Honeycomb||Android 3.1 Honeycomb|
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Why Compare The Best Tablet PC’s?
It’s important to compare tablets before you buy because each device is different.
For example, a tablet like the IPad does not use an operating system, instead it uses an application based system like other apple products such as the Ipod and IPhone. While other tablets such as the Asus EEE uses a windows operating system and others like the XOOM and Archos use Android operating systems.
Other things to consider include size, weight, memory, battery life, and of course tablet pirce. Not only do you want to compare different brand tablets, but also compare different models from the same manufacturer.
How to Find the Best Tablet for You
Telling you how to find the best tablet is like me trying to tell you what car to buy or what kind of workout plan to use. Since everyone is going to be different in their needs and wants, there isn’t one tablet that I can recommend.
But what I suggest doing is writing down all the specs I mentioned above and then putting a number next to each one signifying its importance. For example, if the weight of a tablet was the most important thing to me, I’d put a (1) next to it. Then maybe the memory space is second in importance so it would get a (2). I would continue until I had the whole list numbered and then I’d read tablet comparison articles or use a comparison chart like the one above to see which tablet performed the best according to my criteria.
For some people, finding the best tablet will simply boil down to price. If this is you, then first determine how much you can spend. Then use my idea above. So if you can only spend $400, find all tablets that are $400 or under and then start comparing tablets from that point on using your list.
What Tablet Specs to Compare
All tablets are going to share similar specifications, but some will matter more than others. Below, we have listed the most important specs, for the long-run, to compare one tablet to another.
Weight: The weight of a tablet is important because you will want to hold your tablet easily while in use, and travel with your device. The heavier the device, the quicker your arm will get tired and you have to stop or switch hands. This is especially important if you’re considering a device that solely uses a touch screen for navigation as you will have to hold the device in one hand while navigating with the other.
Size: The dimensions of a tablet will affect a couple of things. The taller or wider that a tablet is, the larger screen the device will likely have, and the higher resolution your device will be able to support. The size of the device also affects the weight and other aspects of the device.
Battery Life: The battery life is how long the tablet will last before the device shuts off. Keep in mind too that certain features will run the battery down faster than others (Internet, videos, and interactive media). You also want to consider how long the tablet takes to fully charge, especially if the battery dies quicker than other devices.
Memory: The memory of a tablet is how much storage or how many files and other information can be kept on it at one time. There are a couple things to look for. First, how much built in memory does the tablet have. Some devices have as little as 16 gigs which equals about 5000 songs, while others have as much as 64 GB or over 20,000 songs (depending on size of audio files). Many tablets give you the ability to expand the memory to as much as 32 GB using an external memory card. The Viewsonic G and Archos are good examples of this
Operating System: There are several operating systems or application models available in tablet PC’s. The Ipad for example uses an application based system similar to the Iphone and Ipad allowing the user to download from over 5000 apps. Other tablets use a windows based operating system much like many home PC’s, one such tablet is the Asus EEE Slates that uses the Windows 7 Home Premium (64 Bit) Operating System. The other popular platform is the Android operating system, which has several versions ranging from the Android 2.2 OS (or Froyo) that the Viewsonic Tablet uses to the Android 3.0 OS that the Motorola XOOM currently uses. Picking the right operating system for your needs can be a big decision and requires research.
Internet: All of the major tablets on the market today come with Internet capabilities. One version would be “Wi-Fi” only. You can access the Internet, but you’ll have to be near a wireless connection to do so. The second version would be a 3G or Wi-Fi+3G where you can access the Internet from anywhere, much like a cell phone. Some devices with 3G capabilities do not charge for the Internet.
Features: The list of features that is available for tablets is too long to list. But to give you an idea of what’s out there, you can find tablets with the ability to play and download media such as movies, music, and games. Tablets can now quickly and easily surf and stream web content, as well as other handy features.