Top 10-Inch Android Tablets – Features, Prices and Specifications

Question:

Nowadays even those companies which launches mp3 players, have their hand on launching the Android tablet devices. So many of them in the market, can u tell me which are the best ones from which I select one for my need? This is not like iPad where u go select the iPad or iPad 2 and return. there are a hell lot of tablets. a short list please?

Answer:
The 10-inch tablets have always been into the competitive list since iPad was launched with a screen that is small to be called a netbook, and pretty large to be called a smartphone (Dell still calls the 5-inch Streak a tablet), and the tablet having iOS has got a competition from many other brands which port the Android Operating System in them, the open source being a winner. But now, when there is an excess of Android tablets there is a confusion over which one to go with, when they have the same screen size and are from a few best brands of smartphones. One can’t suggest a particular tablet device, because one has an advantage over the other for some reason. Here is a list of the best 10-inch Android tablet devices which we would recommend for their best specifications for the given prices in the market –

Motorola Xoom

Costly, heavy but delivers the features and experience for the price. This was the first tablet with the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. It comes in with a 10.1-inch HD Widescreen display that would display the High Definition video content at the best quality. Beats the iPad, just like the other Android tablets with the Adobe Flash compatibility. It has the dual cameras, rear one with 5MP quality and the front one being 2MP good enough for video conferencing. Multitasking in this easy-to-use interface with the dual-core processor makes the tablet usage far better.
motorola xoom

Technical Specifications of Motorola Xoom -

  • Screen – 10.1-inch HD Widescreen Display
  • Weight – 708 gm Wi-Fi version, 730 gm 3G version
  • Dimensions – 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm
  • Operating System – Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, 3G version has the 3G connectivity with GPS
  • Camera – 5MP rear, 2MP front
  • Processor and Memory – 1GHz Dual core processor, 32GB on-board memory

Price of Motorola Xoom -

Wi-Fi version only – $599
Wi-Fi with Verizon 3G Plan – $599
Wi-Fi with 3G, no plan – $799

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v

The best entertainer tablet device right now, with features that are a step ahead compared to the other devices with the same OS. It has a wide screen with the speakers producing a surround sound, and the camera, connectivity of the best technology. The 10.1-inch wide view display playing HD video, and the 8-Megapixel camera with HD video recording, and a 2MP camera in the front for video conferencing. It has got the best connectivity options, support for playing flash content, and a 1GHz Dual core processor to make it run at a great speed.
samsung galaxy tab 10.1v

Technical Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v -

  • Screen – 10.1-inch HD wide view Display – 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Weight – 589 gm
  • Dimensions – 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.99 mm
  • Operating System – Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, 3G with GPS
  • Camera – 8MP rear, 2MP front
  • Processor and Memory – 1GHz Dual core processor, 16GB or 32GB on-board memory

Price of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v -

$599 for the Wi-Fi and 3G version

LG Optimus Pad

The LG Optimus Pad is a smaller competitor in the list, with a screen that is entirely different from the other tablet devices, at 8.9-inches having a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. This is one tablet that is entirely for entertainment, web browsing etc. but doesn’t have a capability to make voice calls. Camera is the best advantage, making the tablet the first one with a 3D camera with 5-Megapixel quality. It comes with the 3.1 Honeycomb operating system and a 1GB RAM, having an internal storage of 32GB but you are limited to that and can’t expand it with an external memory slot. The device looks plastic and is lighter but thicker than the iPad and iPad 2.

Technical Specifications of LG Optimus Pad -

lg optimus pad

  • Screen – 8.9-inch – 1280 x 768 pixels
  • Weight – 621 gm
  • Dimensions – 243.8 x 150 x 12.7 mm
  • Operating System – Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, 3G with GPS
  • Camera – 5MB dual camera with one having normal capture, other 3D capture quality
  • Processor and Memory – 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H Dual Core processor, 32GB on-board memory

Price of LG Optimus Pad

The LG Optimus Pad needs you to pay a big sum, priced at £379.99 and at a few places, it is also shown £700 too!

Acer Iconia Tab A500

The Iconia Tab is a pretty slim and large tablet, with a 10.1-inch screen and the latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS packed in a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra2 processor. The device has a capacitive touchscreen and a 5-Megapixel camera and has the connectivity options including the 3G and Wi-Fi apart from the USB 2.0 connectivity. But the battery life is pretty less when compared to the other tablet devices, especially the iPad. The user interface is pretty classic and the camera too produces pictures of quality decent enough.
acer iconic tab a500

Technical Specifications of Acer Iconia Tab A500 -

  • Screen – 10.1-inch – 1280 x 768 pixels
  • Dimensions – 7 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Operating System – Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, 3G with GPS, Micro HDMI™ Out
  • Camera – 5MB rear camera, 2MB front camera
  • Processor and Memory – 1GHz Tegra 2 Dual Core processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU, MicroSD memory slot up to 32GB

Price of Acer Iconic Tab A500 -

It is priced of around $450 as an average price on Amazon.

Viewsonic ViewPad 10s

This is a basic but still a quite strong competition in the series of 10-inch tablet devices having the Android OS. One of the downgrade features that would make people not opt to buy it is the Android 2.2 Froyo OS when compared to the other tablets having the latest 3.0 version. But it is a tablet that would support both the Android and the Windows OS, so the users can switch between the both. The internal specifications are pretty basic, and the camera too. But this can be used by those who wanted to have a touch on the Android tablets and don’t have a real need of something specific.
viewsonic viewpad

Technical Specifications of Viewsonic ViewPad 10s -

  • Screen – 10.1″ LCD Capacitive multi-touch screen – 1024×600 pixels
  • Weight – 875 gm
  • Dimensions – 275mm x 170mm x 16.5mm
  • Operating System – Dual OS – Android 2.2 Froyo OS and Windows 7 Home Premium OS
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0
  • Camera – 1.3-Megapixel front camera
  • Processor and Memory – Intel Pine Trail N455 1.66GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB Memory

Price of Viewsonic ViewPad 10s -

The ViewPad is priced at around $580 at online stores, i.e. Amazon.

G-Slate from T-Mobile / HP

This again is a smaller one, with 8.9-inch screen but with the best connectivity! It has the 4G LTE compatibility with the T-mobile network, and has a battery life of around 8.5 hours. It comes with the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, and has the excellent 3D camera on the rear. And yes, it is lighter than the other devices. The device with 3 cameras in total, dual in the rear and a 2MP camera in the front for the video conferencing. It isn’t very slim but pretty small because of the smaller screen size.
t-mobile g-slate

Technical Specifications of the T-Mobile G-Slate -

  • Screen – 8.9″ LCD Capacitive multi-touch screen – 1024×600 pixels
  • Weight – 875 gm
  • Dimensions – 275mm x 170mm x 16.5mm
  • Operating System – Dual OS – Android 2.2 Froyo OS and Windows 7 Home Premium OS
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0
  • Camera – 1.3-Megapixel front camera
  • Processor and Memory – Intel Pine Trail N455 1.66GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB Memory

Price of G-Slate -

With a contract of 2 years, with T-mobile, it is priced at $399.

Honorable Mentions

The search never ends when you try to select the best tablet device having the Android operating system, and so here are a few more suggestions for those who didn’t get impressed much with the above list.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer with NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 1.0GHz dual-core CPU, Android 3.0 OS, 16-hour battery life, and an attachable external keyboard like a dock.

7-inch alternatives

Among the 7 inches alternative for Android tablet we have gone through the best 7 inches Android tablet

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch – One of the first Samsung tablet devices with the 7-inch screen and 5-megapixel rear camera.
  • HTC Flyer, an excellent and beautiful tablet device with a 7-inch screen.
  • Viewsonic Viewpad 7 – The smaller version of Viewpad 10s, with Android 2.2 Operating system
  • Creative Ziio – Traditional android tablet with the Android 2.1 OS and the 7-inch screen for those who want a tablet with no purpose!
  • Dell Streak 7 – The first 4G tablet from T-mobile, with the 7-inch screen which deserves the name tablet, unlike it’s younger sibling 5-inch streak.
  • savio

    yes it does have front camera ,vga n back 2mp. i wanted to know y its not runing simple games like skies of glory forget bout gameloft. is it coz it is gingerbread 2.3.3? does system update will help ,company says update will come ,when i dont know

  • savio

    hello ,two days back i purchased iberry bt 10 tablet , tablet is good n run on gingerbread 2.3.3, only problem is no video callin n dont support skype at all, mesenger is suported but no video calls ,market games are not compatible (gameloft n simple games, chainfire is not compatible on device.how is it,it runs on armv7 proceser n open gles 1.1 mali 200 gpu , HOW TO FIX , PLEZ HELP

  • Ash

    Guys..I think we are missing ASUS Transformer TF-101. Awsome with honeycomb on it and ASUS has promised an ICS update also.The Best Tablet I’ve seen so far. And a wonderful keyboard dock too!

  • roy

    Hello please could you advise me on the minimum requirement of ram and speed processor for my young boy to play games on. Im currently searching the market for a tablet around the £150 – 200 mark?
    Thankyou Kindly
    Roy :)

    • ben

      @Roy the Coby “kyros” line are quite cheap and have a 1 ghz processor and some of them even have multitouch touch, they’re priced at about $100 – 200, not sure if it’s available in the uk though….

  • prashant

    samsung galaxy fit got its android 2.3 updates, but when samsung gallaxy 3 gti5801 will get its 2.3 updates..pls inform me..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      sure prashant, stay tuned to androidadvices.com!

  • Tim Sinclair

    …and no mention of the Sony Tablet. I wonder why?

  • callisto

    Im now going to buy the better Archos G9 101 with honeycomb 3.2 OS,its priced at a very reasonable £270

    • Yogesh Patel

      All the best for that.

  • callisto

    I’m going to be buying an Archos 101 10″ in a week or two,I have read some very good reviews even one from the Gadget Show in the uk.Will Android Advices be covering any updates from the froyo 2.2?

    • Yogesh Patel

      Yes, if its available.

  • asrock

    Anyone knows how to update dell streak 5″
    also, knows how to open line the phone.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon come up with an update for dell streak 5, stay tuned!

  • tootawe

    TOTAWE

  • thiha

    I want to develop android game and software.please,explain me how to develop android game.
    thanks you,sir.

    • Amit Bhawani

      We will be publishing articles on how to develop android applications and publish the same at Google Market!

  • tony

    I have been looking at tablets for the past few months trying to decide which one to buy. However the more I look at their funcionality the more I realise that all they are is a souped up internet viewer at an extortionate price. I need mine to do work on as well comfortably, with decent stoarge capacity. So I have opted for a netbook at half the price and twice the funcionality. OK it might not look cool but so what!!

  • http://www.circuitsdiy.com Arup Basak

    A simple question.
    You said “the open source being a winner.” in case of tablet PC OS.
    But in PC OS, why the open source Linux is not the winner, but Paid Windows is?

    • Chetan Bhawani

      @Arup,

      The need of features is not the same for mobile users and PC users. You won’t need a PC to take pictures and make calls, right? And open source mobile OS gives developers a chance to keep building something that impresses people. That way people would be kept engaged in using the various apps in mobiles, unlike in PCs. Being open source is what makes Linux a bit traditional when compared to Windows and Mac which have stuff that is closed to itself and people crave for that.
      Just being an open source system doesn’t make it the best. It needs to produce the software and stuff that most of the users need. That would need the developers. No linux distributor has such developers who could build up something cool. But Microsoft spends and gets the things that people love to use and they don’t regret paying for that. This is my view!

      • shevake

        and there @Arup found the enlightenment…;-p