With an outrageous number of Android tablets being launched this year(I think at least a 100!), consumers will have a hard time choosing which one is for them and probably wondering what is the best Android tablet to buy. Btw, last year was the year of 3D HDTVs, this year’s obviously year of Android tablets.
Another factor you should remember is that many will fail (in my opinion) but remember what I(and Adobe) said last May, that a “slew” of Android tablets will be coming soon. Well, I wasn’t too far off, the number of Android tablets outnumbered anything else at CES this year.
Anyways, one of the “best” Android tablets I saw at CES 2011 in my mind is the Eee Pad Slider. Virtually all new Android tablets at CES 2011 used the same hardware with Tegra 2 processor (a dual-core 1Ghz processor) or something similar. Meaning that in the end to the end-user, it will boil down to price, performance, and design.
For practicality, Eee Pad Slider beats everything else out there hands-down with a sliding keyboard. I find it awkward to use just a touchscreen to type still and for most business-oriented users who are actually trying to write long e-mails and getting something done, the physical keyboard is invaluable.
Of course, you will have to wait for this Honeycomb and keyboard-equipped tablet as it will be coming in May 2011 starting at $499. I am also hoping the initial pricing is “initial” and hope is in the “$399” range.
If the price is right, this could be the deal of the year for a 7-inch Android tablet.
Certainly, I still carry my Eee PC netbook with me sometimes, it would be nice to carry this instead, lighter, thinner, and also faster.
The Eee Pad will sport the Google 3.0 Honeycomb tablet OS, 7-inch 1280×800 resolution screen, mini-HDMI outputs for 1080P output/mirroring to HDTV, miniUSB ports, and microSD slot.
It also has a dual camera with LED flash on the back and all of this boils down to weight of 2.2 pounds at 0.5 inches thick.