We take a look at the best Android tablets you can buy for your money. There are many alternatives to the iPad on the Android scene, but most of the old and cheap tablets still run on Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is actually not optimised for the tablet experience. However, Android Honeycomb 3.0 is an all new operating system based on Android with a fresh User Interface and has been built with a lot of tablet gestures and intuitive design to make sure you enjoy your tablet experience. There are quite a few Honeycomb tablets in the market and here are the best of them :
The XOOM from Motorola is one of the most popular Android Honeycomb tablets around, thanks to the fact that it was the first tablet on which Honeycomb was previewed and ran on. It has so far sold 100,000 units in its first month of release, which is pretty low considering the sales of other competitors like the iPad.
The Xoom comes with a 10 inch touchscreen and has a resolution of 1280 by 800. On the inside, there’s a Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core processor and runs at 1Ghz and comes with 1GB of RAM. The Xoom comes with a built in storage of 32GB and weighs about 1.6 pounds. It has a 5 Megapixel camera which is capable of HD recording and a front facing 2 MP camera which can be used for making video calls via apps like Skype. Overall, the Motorola Xoom has one of the best build quality and is really high by standards, making it one of the best Android based HoneyComb tablets you can buy. It currently ships with Android 3.1 and an update to the latest version, 3.2, is coming soon.
It is priced at 600$ for the Wifi only version and 800$ for the Wifi+3G version.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101
The EEE Pad from Asus is the best selling Honeycomb tab in the world, according to many sources. It indeed is an amazing product for the functionality it offers and comes with a keyboard dock in-the-box, making it a perfect companion for everyone. The EEE Pad has excellent specifications on the inner side and also a whole lot of features on the outer, making it a total VFM purchase.
ASUS’s tablet comes with a 10.1 inch screen and a resolution of 1280×800. It is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core processor which runs at 1.0Ghz and comes with 1GB of RAM. There are two versions of the EEE Pad, the first one comes with 16GB of internal memory and the other has 32GB of internal memory, also allowing a slot for expansion. There’s a 5 Megapixel camera on the rear which does HD video recording as well and a front facing camera of 2MegaPixels too. It weighs about 1.46 pounds and sells at 399$ for the 16GB version and 499$ for the 32GB version.
At 399$, the 16GB version is an excellent tablet which runs HoneyComb and has a whole lot of features on the new operating system, Honeycomb 3.2. When the tablet is docked in the keyboard dock, it looks like the picture here.
Looks just like a full featured laptop from the exteriors, and can be undocked for an excellent tablet experience.
Acer’s Iconia Tab A500
This is the heaviest Honeycomb tablet out there, at 1.49 pounds. The Iconia Tab comes with a 10 inch touchscreen and has a resolution of 1280 by 800. On the inside, there’s a Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core processor and runs at 1Ghz and comes with 1GB of RAM. The Xoom comes with a built in storage of 16GB and has a 5 Megapixel camera which is capable of HD recording and a front facing 2 MP camera which can be used for making video calls via apps like Skype.
It is priced at 450$ and is worth the money, totally.
The flyer is a 7 inch tablet from HTC which still runs an older version of Android. 2.3 Gingerbread. Though, HTC will provide an Over the Air update pretty soon for the Flyer with Honeycomb 3.0. It runs on a Qualcomm single core 1.5Ghz processor and has a 7 inch screen with a maximum resolution of 1024 by 600. There’s a storage of 32GB on the internal with 3G or 4G connectivity, depending on the region.
Not a 10 incher or a 7 incher, the G Slate falls between the two categories and at 8.9 inch, it sure is an excellent performer. There are two 5 cameras in the rear, both at 5Megapixels and record 3D Video at 720p. Yes, there are two cameras on the rear which record simultaneously on 3D and there’s a front facing 2 Megapixel camera also. Powered by a 1Ghz Nvida Dual Core Tegra processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, the tablet costs 750$. Though it is costly on the wallet, there’s a lot it offers, especially considering 3D HD Recording directly from the tablet.
Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a 10 inch tablet from Samsung which has excellent specifications and is priced very decently. The Galaxy Tab comes with a 10 inch touchscreen and has a resolution of 1280 by 800. On the inside, there’s a Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor and runs at 1Ghz and comes with 1GB of RAM. The Xoom comes with a built in storage of 16/32GB and weighs about 589 grams. It has a 8 Megapixel camera which is capable of Full HD 1080p recording and photos at a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels and a front facing 2 MP camera which can be used for making video calls via apps like Skype. There is a 6860 mAh battery too!
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also has a smaller version, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 which retails at a much lesser price and comes with similar features, and is thinner than the iPad2, offering Android Honeycomb UI.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1, 16GB, Wifi only model ships at 499$ while the smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9 ships at 699$ for the 3G model.
We have listed some of the best Android Honeycomb tablets out the market here and you surely must check out the Motorola Xoom and EEE Pad Transformer as they are amazing VFM products and they come with the best specifications and features. Also, while you are purchasing a Honeycomb Tablet, do check out Best Game for Honeycomb tablets and Best Apps for Honeycomb tablets.