Monday, November 14, 2011

Tablets compared! Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer , Acer Iconia Tab, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad

Kindle Fire:

Kindle Fire is to movies and rich media, what Kindle was to ebooks.
Kindle Fire
Spec Details
Price 199 USD
Dimensions 190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm (7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45") (H x W x T )
Weight 413 g (14.6oz)
Display Size: 7" IPS multi-touch display.
Resolution: 1024x600
169dpi
Storage 8GB fixed
CPU TI OMAP 4 4430 (dual core)
RAM 512 MB
Battery Life 7.5-8hrs. (7.5hrs of video playback or 8hrs of reading.)
OS Android 2.3 (Customized)
Connectivity 1.Wifi (No adhoc connection support)
2.USB
Additional Points 1.Amazon App Market 2.Amazon Silk Web Browser
Kindle Fire is ready to be released for the holidays. Priced at less than 60 percent of the iPad and based on Google's Android operating system, the Kindle Fire is not a Kindle - the easy on the eye, e-ink based, month long battery wielding e-book reader. However, Kindle Fire is to movies and rich media, what Kindle was to ebooks.

Upside: 
Price: Cheapest "mainstream" tablet (not counting fire-sale prices)

Downside:
Limited Storage: 8GB(6GB usable) storage may not be enough. Higher storage versions are not available at present.This may be to coax users to buy content from Amazon which gets stored for free on the cloud.

No Camera, GPS: No camera or GPS in this release, Kindle Fire 2 might have them next year.
Other points:
No Android Marketplace: Only apps whetted by Amazon's Kindle App Store/Market will be available. This may be a downer for both developer and consumer. However, this could prove beneficial for Amazon and offer better app-compatibility for users.Apps can
Custom Android OS: Kindle Fire is based on the Gingerbread Android OS. However it does not include Google's proprietary apps and does not support the Android Market. Android OS upgrades provided by Google may also not work and the Kindle Fire may have it's own upgrade schedule.

Nook Tablet:
Nook wins over the Kindle Fire in storage, offering a possible 48GB (16+32) of offline storage to Kindle Fire's 8GB.
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
Spec Details
Price 249 USD
Dimensions 206 mm x 127 mm x 12 mm (8.1" x 5" x 0.48") (H x W x T )
Weight 399g(14.1oz)(0.88 lb)
Display Size: 7" IPS capacitative multi-touch display.
Resolution: 1024x600
169dpi
Storage 16GB. upgradeable with microSDHC slot
CPU 1GHz TI OMAP4 (dual-core) processor
RAM 1 GB
Battery Life 11.5hrs reading, 9 hrs video playback
OS Customized Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Connectivity 1.microSDHC Slot
2.Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz only)
3. Microphone
Additional Points Barnes & Noble App Market

Nook wins over the Kindle Fire in storage, offering a possible 48GB (16+32) of offline storage to Kindle Fire's 8GB. Otherwise, it still has all the limitations of the Fire, a custom Android OS, custom App store, no camera, no GPS and no Bluetooth. Moreover Kindle Fire is priced at 50$ less.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus
Spec Details
Price 399 USD(16GB) ?? USD(32GB)
Dimensions 193.65 mmx 122.37 mmx 9.96 mm (7.62" x 4.82" x 0.39") (H x W x T )
Weight 345 g (12.17oz) (0.76lb)
Display Size: 7" PLS multi-touch display.
Resolution: 1024x600
Storage 16GB, 32GB
CPU 1.2 GHz dual core
RAM 1 GB
Battery Life 8hrs
OS Android Honeycomb
Connectivity & More 1.Bluetooth 3.0
2.Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz,5GHz)
3.Wi-Fi Direct
4.Camera: Rear - 3 megapixel, Front - 2 Megapixel
5. HSPA/EDGE/GPRS
6. 30 pin connector with HDMI, USB or SD card adapters available as addons
7.A-GPS
Additional Points Android Market


Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Spec Details
Price 499 USD(16GB) 599 USD(32GB)
Dimensions 256.7 mm x 175.3 mm x 8.6 mm (10.11" x 6.90" x 0.33") (H x W x T )
Weight 565 g (19.93oz) (1.24lb)
Display Size: 10.1" Super PLS multi-touch display.
Resolution: 1280x800
149ppi
Storage 16GB, 32GB
CPU 1 GHz nVidia Tegra 2 dual core
RAM 1 GB
Battery Life 9hrs  video playback. 72hrs music playback
OS Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
Connectivity & More 1.Bluetooth 3
2.Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz,5GHz)
3.Wi-Fi Direct
4.Camera: Rear - 3 megapixel, Front - 2 Megapixel
5. HSPA/EDGE/GPRS
6. 30 pin connector with HDMI, USB or SD card adapters available as addons
7.A-GPS
Additional Points Android Market

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer:
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
Spec Details
Price 399 USD(16GB) 469 USD(32GB)
Dimensions 270 mm x 180 mm x 13 mm (10" x 6.9" x 0.51") (H x W x T )
Weight 680 g (23.99oz) (1.49lb)
Display Size: 10.1" IPS multi-touch display.
Resolution: 1280x800
160dpi
Storage 16GB, 32GB. microSD slot, SD slot(with Dock)
CPU 1 GHz dual-core nVidia Tegra 2
RAM 1 GB
Battery Life 9.5hrs to 16hrs(with Dock) 
OS Android 3.2 (Honeycomb). Upgradeable to Android ICS 4.0
Connectivity 1.Bluetooth 2.1
2.mini HDMI 1.3a
3.USB 2.0 (with Dock)
4.DLNA
5.Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Additional Points 1.Docking keyboard with 2 USB 2.0 ports, additional battery and SD card slot
The Eee Pad Transformer is another Android based tablet released in March 2011. A successor named ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime has been announced.

Acer Iconia Tab A100:
Acer Iconia Tab A100
Spec Details
Price 349 USD(16GB) 329 USD(8GB)
Dimensions 195 mm x 117 mm x 13.1 mm (7.68" x 4.60" x 0.52") (H x W x T )
Weight 410 g (14.4oz) (0.90lb)
Display Size: 7" multi-touch display.
Resolution: 1024x600
Storage 8GB, 16GB
CPU 1 GHz nVidia Tegra 250 dual core
RAM 1 GB
Battery 1530mAh, 2cell Battery
OS Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Upgradeable to Android 3.2
Connectivity 1.Bluetooth 2.1
2.mini HDMI 1.3a
3.micro USB 2.0
4.Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
5.Rear:5MP camera with Flash, Front: 2MP Camera
6.GPS
Additional Points Android Market


Acer Iconia Tab A500:
Acer Iconia Tab A500
Spec Details
Price 449 USD(16GB) 499 USD(32GB)
Dimensions 260 mm x 177 mm x 13 mm (10.24" x 6.97" x 0.52") (H x W x T )
Weight 730 g (25.75oz) (1.61lb)
Display Size: 10.1" multi-touch display.
Resolution: 1280x800
Storage 16GB, 32GB
CPU 1 GHz nVidia Tegra 250 dual core
RAM 1 GB
Battery Life 9.5hrs to 16hrs(with Dock) 
OS Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Upgradeable to Android 3.2
Connectivity 1.Bluetooth 2.1
2.mini HDMI 1.3a
3.micro USB 2.0
4.Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
5.Rear:5MP camera with Flash, Front: 2MP Camera
6.GPS
Additional Points 1.Dock available

Apple iPad 2:
Apple iPad 2
Spec Details
Price Wi-Fi:499 USD(16GB), 599 USD(32GB), 699 USD(64GB)
Wi-Fi:629 USD(16GB), 729 USD(32GB), 829 USD(64GB)
Dimensions 241 mm x 186 mm x 8.8 mm (9.5" x 7.31" x 0.34") (H x W x T )
Weight 610 g (21.52oz) (1.34lb)
600 g (21.16oz) (1.32lb)(Wi-Fi only model)
Display Size: 9.7" multi-touch display.
Resolution: 1024x768 (4:3)
132ppi
Storage 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
CPU 1 GHz  dual core Apple A5
RAM 512 MB
Battery Life 10hrs
OS iOS 5
Connectivity & More 1.Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
2.Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz,5GHz)
3.3G GSM/CDMA as per model
4.Camera: Rear - 0.7 megapixel, Front - 0.3 Megapixel

6. 30 pin connector with HDMI/VGA/USB/Card reader adapters available as addons
7.A-GPS
Additional Points 1.Dock, Wireless Keyboard addons
2. App Store

Sources:
1. http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon-Tablet/dp/B0051VVOB2
2. http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Pad_Transformer_TF101/
3. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-tablet-barnes-noble/1104687969
4. http://www.apple.com/ipad/
5. http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/iconia-tab-a
6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_Pad_Transformer
7. http://www.gsmarena.com/acer_iconia_tab_a500-3907.php
8. http://www.gsmarena.com/acer_iconia_tab_a100-3841.php

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