Tablets are growing in popularity. The most well-known is probably the Apple iPad. Other bestselling tablets include the Samsung Galaxy, Motorola XOOM, and Blackberry Playbook. The main feature that makes a tablet different from a laptop is its touchscreen, but separate keyboards are available for tablets to make extended typing easier.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a nice 32 GB of storage, a 10.1 inch high-definition display, back-facing and front-facing cameras, and a GPS system. The battery lasts up to 14 hours. Over 200,000 apps are available from the Android Market. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is compatible with Excel, Word, PDF, and PowerPoint formats. With storage for an impressive amount of media, it’s no wonder that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a bestselling tablet, even though it’s currently a pre-order. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is around $600 and comes in a 16GB version too.
The Motorola XOOM matches the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in size, storage, and price. It comes with access to the Android Market for apps, games, eBooks, and movie rentals. The Motorola XOOM also features GPS, a built-in webcam, a front facing camera, and a rear facing cameras that shoots HD video. The battery life is around 10 hours.
The Blackberry Playbook’s HD screen is only 7 inches, but the Playbook is available with a massive 64GB of storage for pictures, songs, videos, and movies. This huge storage prices it at $699, about a hundred dollars more than the Samsung Galaxy Tab. 10.1 and the Motorola XOOM. The Blackberry Playbook has a forward-facing and a rear-facing camera, and GPS. Apps are available from the Blackberry App World. The Blackberry Playbook comes with Adobe Reader and DocsToGo software. The battery life is up to 10 hours, similar to the Motorola XOOM.
The Apple iPad is available with 64GB of storage. The screen is 9.7 inches, perfect for playing Angry Birds! The battery life is 9 hours. The iPad comes with built-in apps for Safari, Mail, Photos, Videos, YouTube, iPod, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, and Contacts. The iBooks app for the new iBookstore is included. The iPad has GPS and a digital compass, and is PC and Mac compatible. The iPad costs around $680.
Various accessories, such as styluses, cases, and keyboards, are available for all brands of tablets.