Best Android Tablets for 2011?

For those of you thinking about switching over to an Android tablet this year, we’ve got some great news for you, the year 2011 is probably the best time to get an Android tablet.

Of course, the great part about getting an Android tablet (over an iPad/iPad) is that Android tablets offer far more options for the regular Joe liket myself.

For example, perhaps you can’t afford a $500 tablet device but also you don’t need everything that the latest technology has to offer, you can get a budget Android tablet to match your budget. You are not left behind because you can’t afford one. (You can read more about that here, why Android tablets are good for you.)

Best 10.1 inch Android Tablets of 2011

The absolute best 10.1″ Android tablet to get in year 2011?

Without a doubt, it’s the Motorola Xoom.  My favorite is the Motorola Xoom WiFi, no contract and I can tether it with my Android smartphone.

What’s so good about it?

It’s got pretty much everything you will need, including a super-fast Tegra 2 processor, front and back camera, a huge 10.1-inch 1280×800 resolution screen, and best of all, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is the very first tablet-optimized Android OS platform.

This reminds me when Google launched Nexus One, which was the “epitome” of why Android smartphones are so popular today.  Nexus One still IS a really nice smartphone although it’s been over a year and they don’t sell it anymore.

Likewise, the Motorola Xoom is the new standard in Android tablets.  If you’ve got extra $589 to spend, I’d highly recommend you get this beast, available on Amazon.

I won’t get into more detailed but you can read up on the full review of Motorola Xoom here.

Next up, is our second best 10.1″ Android tablet for those of you who don’t need everything but want to get the best bang for your buck.

I really like the Viewsonic G tablet, which is about $250 cheaper than the Xoom.  The Viewsonic G tablet is actually the “first” 10.1″ Android tablet introduced with NVidia’s new Tegra 2 processor (dual-core 1Ghz).

The really good thing about it is that Viewsonic G has been around since last December and the hacking community already started putting a bunch of aftermarket ROMs for you to play around with.

If you are into rooting and installing new ROMs on your Android smartphone (and you have fun with it), the Viewsonic G is definitely for you, so long as you don’t mind the smaller, 1024×600 resolution screen and lack of back camera.  (Honestly though, I never even use my smartphone camera all that much, I think it’s better to carry a separate digital camera all together.)

I must emphasize again that it does come with a dual-core 1Ghz processor and that is why I love this one, you can pick one up on Amazon for just $329.88, a killer deal on such hardware if you ask me.

You can read up on full review of the Viewsonic G tablet here. (Also, Border’s has these demo units in their stores, next time you are at Border’s, make sure to try them out.)

Best 7-inch Android Tablet of 2011

Perhaps you don’t need such a large 10.1″ tablet device?  You know you can actually fit a 7-inch tablet in your “big” jacket pockets?  My friend used to do this with Galaxy Tab when it first came out.

Perhaps the best 7-inch Android tablet you can get right now is the Elocity A7.  The highlight of this device is also a dual-core 1Ghz Tegra 2 processor.  Galaxy Tab?  I liked it when it came out but it’s so old already with a single-core 1Ghz processor.  I am sure Samsung will launch Galaxy Tab with dual-core real soon (perhaps this summer) but until then, the Elocity A7 is the king of 7-inch Android tablets.

The other cool features of the Elocity A7 include a “full” HDMI port (that’s right you don’t need to buy a separate micro HDMI cable) and a “full” USB port (which Xoom doesn’t even have).

I find that having a real USB port on a tablet very useful as you can use it to connect your external hard disk (meaning more storage when you need it) or your USB flash drive.  Besides that, you can use your tablet as a portable battery when your phone runs out of batteries.  It’s a simple feature but no one got it right except Elocity.

Elocity A10 will be hitting up the shelves soon, which also features a full HDMI/USB port.  When that comes out, I will have to update this blog post.

Anyways, if you want a really good 7-inch Android tablet with a dual-core processor, you should really get an Elocity A7, available on Amazon for $312.

You can read up on the full review of the Elocity A7 here.

The only other 7-inch Android tablet worth getting in my mind is the Dell Streak 7, you can read up on the full review of the Dell Streak 7 here.

Back in May 2010, I got to witness one of the very first Android tablet prototypes and there were rumors that “slew” of Android tablets coming out by next year.

Well, it’s almost a year and I am glad there’s so many choices and guess what, it’s just starting.  By the end of this year, there will be some more great Android tablets like from Toshiba, ASUS, and lots more.

Lastly but not least, don’t forget to leave your thoughts on current Android tablets below!

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