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The Rise Of The Tablet

Tablet computers have become one of the most popular technologies to emerge in recent years. Although it can be argued that some PDA devices and early models of tablet technology enjoyed success when they were first released over 20 years ago, much of the success can be attributed to the more recent release of the iPad. Apple’s tablet brought the technology to a wider audience, offering a device that could play videos, download apps and games, read books and much more. Other tablets had been primarily aimed at business users, but the iPad was marketed at a much wider user base. Accessible to all, the iPad sold millions of units and, now on its third model, continues to be one of the most popular tablets on the market. However, Apple’s competitors are keen to exploit a glaring weakness of the reigning market leader.

Flash: The iPad Killer

Adobe Flash is not supported by the iPad. Apple announced that it does not support Flash for its mobile operating systems, believing it to have poor performance and security issues. This makes many interactive websites which rely on Flash, such as streaming video and some games websites, inaccessible to iPad users. Although some of the more popular websites that rely on Flash have developed their own separate apps which can be used on an iPad, most of them have not. This shortfall is why consumers are beginning to turn to Android tablets. Many of them are cheaper, offer better performance and, most importantly, can play Flash. Consumers have a range to choose from, but there are a few models that truly give the iPad a run for its money.

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Motorola Xoom

Released in December 2011, the Xoom 2 is a lighter and thinner improvement over the first Xoom model. Weighing just under 600 grams and measuring 253mm by 173mm, it is similar in size to a sleek iPad 3. However, it is still able to boast a 10.1″ HD screen, front and rear facing cameras and 16GB of storage space. It’s a lot of features in such a small package.

Asus EEE Pad Transformer

This is an Android tablet with a difference. It may have the same features as other tablets, offering a 10.1″ HD screen, Bluetooth, USB and HDMI, but it also comes with an optional QWERTY keyboard. This extra can be plugged into the tablet, transforming it into a mini laptop. It’s a perfect addition for users who want the mobility of a tablet with the functionality of a small computer. The tablet is a small size, measuring 263mm by 108mm and weighing 586g, although the keyboard adds an additional 500g when used. It was launched in December 2011 in the States, but has recently become available in the UK.

Sony Tablet S

Sony entered the Android tablet market in September 2011 with the uniquely designed Sony Tablet S. The ergonomic design is similar to a folded over magazine as most of the weight and thickness is near the palm of the hand. The device also offers PlayStation compatibility as PS3 controllers can be used with the tablet, and it can also connect to a VAIO notebook. Competitively sized at 241mm by 174mm and weighing 598g, it is a welcome addition for Sony enthusiasts.

Archos 101 Internet Tablet 8 GB

The Archos is a budget tablet, available for as little as £160. However, it still comes with the features of some of its more expensive competitors, offering a HD screen, Bluetooth and 3G. It is much smaller, coming in at 130 mm by 142mm and weighing only 480g, but it still has a 10″ screen, and is perfect for those who want to browse the Internet on the go.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Samsung Galaxy is one of the fastest Android tablets on the market. Released in June 2011, it is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and plays all gaming and multimedia apps with ease. Even with such speedy performance, the size and weight is small and sleek as the Tab weighs 598g and measures 246mm by 170mm. With up to 64GB of storage space, it is a tablet that can handle anything that is thrown at it.

Boasting speedy performance while still being competitively priced, Android tablets are threatening the iPad’s domination of the market. As well as offering Flash compatibility, Android tablets continue to add new features that the iPad lacks. Along with a growing App store, Android could soon take the tablet crown.

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Image courtesy of Andy on Flickr, Flickr The Rise Of The Tablet Tablet computers have become one of the most popular technologies to emerge in recent years. Although it can be argued that some PDA devices and early models of tablet technology enjoyed success when they were first released over 20 years...