A good number of tablets have broken into the market since October last year. There was the omnifarious iPad at the beginning. Then came the first Android Samsung Galaxy Tab paving the way for higher end tabs toting the tablet optimized Honeycomb version.
Where Motorola Xoom with all its great offerings such as microSD support, dual core processor, HD capable camera, 10.1 inch screen, etc., could not capture markets owing to a high price tag of $800 (3G, 64GB; $600 with contract) and $600 (Wi-Fi only), the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer was successful in selling off shelves before you could blink. Why? It had all the specs of the Motorola Xoom for the humble price of $400. Who would look at the Xoom after that?
Another tab that’s caught the interest of customers is the Acer Iconia Tab A500. Again, this tab has all the right things and matches the Motorola Xoom in specs. It’s priced at $450, $50 more than the ASUS tab but much lesser than the Xoom. And most importantly, it’s available. ASUS, in spite of ramping up supply has been unable to cope with demand, leaving customers hanging on to an indefinite waiting period.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 has had a good run in sales too. It has great features – Honeycomb, a 10.1 inch WXGA HD touchscreen display, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 1GHz NVIDIA dual core Tegra 2 processor, micro HDMI output, rear facing 5mp camera with autofocus and LED flash, front facing 2mp webcam, microSD support up to 32GB, USB 2.0 port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, G-sensor, E-compass, L sensor, gyrometer, and 8 hours of battery life in video playback mode. In fact, the tab’s got a 3.5 rating on CNET and PC World – that means “very good.”
Right now, this is your best bet in Honeycomb tabs. But in just a few more days, we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. That is going to be one hell of a tab at a price matching the iPad 2. The limited edition Samsung tabs that were distributed to developers at Google I/O were very well received and also helped Samsung detect issues that will be fixed in the retail release. Expected to release on June 8, the tab may come out sooner. We’re waiting for Samsung’s Mobile Event to know more.
The entry of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be the game changer here. This is one war we’re thrilled about – it’s raining tabs and hopefully we’ll see some price drops on coveted slates.