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The Best Android Tablets of 2011


Motorola XOOM

First into the Android 3.0 Honeycomb foray is the Motorola XOOM. Boasting a powerful dual-core processor, 10.1″ screen and a whole 1GB of DDR2 RAM. The XOOM is set for release pretty soon and has turned up for preorder at PC World, Currys and Dixons. Included in the tablet setup is 32GB of internal memory for storing music and media. The tablet also has a 5 megapixel rear-facing cam with a 2 megapixel option on the front for video calling. People are unsure as to whether the XOOM will ship with proper Flash support as the American version is yet to do so. The HD display has a 1280 x 800 resolution and can play back full 1080p video. For those desperate to get some Honeycomb first, the XOOM is the only option.

LG Optimus Pad

Pricing rumours are setting this tablet just about at the top of the cost tables for all Honeycomb releases this year. But the extra cost could be worth it, as well as having all the usual dual-core bells and whistles, this tablet can record and playback video in 3D! We recently had our first proper hands-on with the device, you can see shots of it here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung already have one Android tablet under their belt, so expect the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to benefit from experience. Of all the tablets we have come across so far the Tab 10.1 appears the best designed. Inside is a powerful Tegra 2 processor, allowing the tablet to process full 1080p video ‘pushed’ from one of the companies cutting edge Smart TVs to the tablet screen. The back is made from the similar ‘cross stitch’ effect plastic that the Nexus S has and feels seriously robust. Honeycomb also looks great on the tablets vibrant and contrasty display

HTC Flyer

This offering from HTC might not boast Android 3.0, but it is none the less mighty impressive. There is no doubt that the manufactures Sense UI is about the best Android skin there is. Here’s hoping it works as well on a tablet as it does on the mobile.

The Flyer includes a 7″ screen and a single-core 1.5 Ghz processor which while not quite as snappy as the competition, should keep the tablet’s price down.

Included with the tablet is a ‘magic pen’ for drawing, writing and retouching pictures.

Acer Iconia A500

Acer have made this one for the power hungry users, with a 3260 mAh battery for up to 10 hours of web browsing. While having a virtually identical spec sheet to its other Honeycomb powered competition, an early hands-on indicates a tablet not running quite as smoothly as others. This could change however as things get closer to release date.

Dell Streak 7

The original Dell Streak was a much underrated piece of value for money hardware. Could be that Dell do the same with the Streak 7, lets just hope more people buy it!

The Streak 7 has well…a 7″ screen, a Tegra 2 inside and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front, with a 5 megapixel option on the back. There is also 16GB of memory inside and a price tag similar to that of the older Streak.

Toshiba Tablet

The mystery Toshiba tablet now has some specs. Reports indicate a Tegra 2 processor and a 10.1″ screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution.

The device has a user replaceable battery which is pretty nifty and features plenty of outputs and inputs including HDMI. Toshiba has launched this site to keep the rumour-mill going on the device.

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