Most of the Android powered tablets available are powered by Éclair, Gingerbread or Froyo. The problem with all of these versions is they are designed specifically for mobile phones. Honeycomb is the first version of android specifically designed for tablet computers. Honeycomb refers to versions 3, 3.1 and 3.2 of the Android operating system. This version was first released in February 2011 and has been used on many tablet computers, this honeycomb tablet comparison will look at some of the best on the market.
The Motorola Xoom was the first tablet which was available with Android Honeycomb. This was released on 24th February 2011 and was initially only available as a GSM & CDMA version. The Wi-Fi version was then released on March 27th 2011. This has a very bright and clear High Definition 10.1 inch widescreen display. It also has some decent cameras which are much better than the iPad, this includes a 1.3 Megapixel webcam at the front and a 5 Mega Pixel camera at the back.
Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 looks very similar to the iPad and runs Honeycomb. This is available in either 16 or 32GB options. The Tab has a 10.1 inch HD Widescreen and excellent cameras. This has a 2 Mega Pixel Camera on the front and an 8 Megapixel camera on the back. This means that it’s one of the best tablet computers for cameras.
This G Slate is a unique tablet which offers some additional features compared to many other models. This has two cameras on the back which are designed to take stereoscopic 3G photographs. The screen can also display 3D images without the need for glasses. There is also a 2 Mega Pixel camera on the front of the tablet for a webcam.
This is one of the few tablets capable of displaying true high definition video. This also has a HDMI out port which makes it possible to connect it up to your TV easily. The cameras are more of a gimmick than anything and it will never replace your main digital camera, but it’s still an exciting tablet.
Acer Iconia Tab A500
This is one of quite a few tablets from Acer, this is available with either 16 or 32GB of storage. It also uses both 3G and Wi-Fi networks to connect to the internet. The tablet has a 2 Mega Pixel front camera, and a 5 Mega Pixel rear camera. The display is 10.1 inches and quite clear although not as good as the Xoom, or Tab.
Toshiba 10 Inch Tablet (Thrive?)
This one hasn’t even been named yet but is slated for release sometime later in the year. It will sport a HDMI out port, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, a 5 Mega Pixel Rear camera and can be expanded using SD cards. One nice feature is that the battery can be removed.
Sony S1 Playstation Tablet
This is a very interesting sounding tablet which fits into Sony’s Playstation range of products. When this is released it’s bound to be a huge success. On top of the normal features, this will also contain an IR emitter to control Televisions and other Sony equipment. It is also designed specifically for gaming and optimized to provide a great experience.
Asus EEE Pad Transformer
This is a very clever little tablet which comes with a keyboard dock. This means that it can be used like a netbook computer without any additional equipment. It’s competitively priced which should make it one of the most attractive tablets available.
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