Like so many of you out there, I have been holding out for an Android tablet that would be well worth my saved pennies, one that I could be proud to stack up against the uppity iPad owners that loiter around the local Starbucks. I'll be the first to admit that this year has been disappointing to say the least – cancelled devices, resistive touch screens, underpowered hardware, and carrier only options have plagued the community thus far, and even while optimistic for 2011, it was clear that I needed a tablet now.
While Samsung's much anticipated 7-incher is still yet to arrive on a carrier in the USA, availability is spreading throughout Europe. Today, Vodafone Germany posted its prices for the Galaxy Tab, and they're looking pretty steep. For the proposed €729.90 ($1015), you could get not one but two nicely-specced dualcore netbooks (from Samsung!), which makes me question whether this is simply Samsung exploiting a naïve and nascent market; a price bubble which is set to burst shortly.
Take this one with a huge grain of salt: DigiTimes is reporting, yet again, that HTC is about to enter the tablet market by leveraging their expertise with Android and their relations with carriers around the world. The rumours point to a launch date in early 2011 and specs that certainly look good, but would you pay the rumoured price of $790 for it?
The claimed specs:
- 1280×720 display (from earlier reports, that may point towards Gingerbread)
- nVidia Tegra 2 SoC
- 32 GB SSD
- 2 GB RAM
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- Full Android Market
- Support for Chrome Web Apps
That Tegra 2 chipset should provide enough power to surpass the iPad and make for a very fluid experience.
Today we are getting a first look at the Toshiba Folio tablet, an Android based powerhouse that was announced at IFA 2010. The Folio looks like it will be another serious contender in what is, apparently, the fast growing market of Android tablets. Looking at its list of features, it should be nothing less than impressive. What features, you ask? How about these:
- Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- 10.1" 1024x600 display
- Front facing camera
- WiFi 802.11B/G/N
- 3G capable
- Nvidia Tegra 2 processor (Yeah, that's dual-core)
- Capacitive display with multitouch support
- USB host input(!!!)
- Price €399 WiFi / €499 WiFI & 3G
The tablet looks like it is shaping up to be an awesome device, but based on what we're seeing right now, it still has some hills to climb.
Last week, we found out that Viewsonic would be rebranding and selling a 7" and 10" tablet; the 7" tablet would be Android while the 10" would dual-boot Android and Win7. Now Engadget has a hands-on preview of the 10" with additional details, and suffice it to say there are some ups and downs.
Bad news first, though: the tablet runs Android 1.6. The reason for this lies in the CPU used, but that doesn't make shipping a tablet with an OS that's over a year old suck any less.