The hunt for a tablet

By | September 3, 2011

Tablet-WarA couple of months ago I decided it was time to finally take the plunge and purchase a tablet, but which one. There are so many to choose from. My wishes where simple, it had to have a decent battery live and affordable.

Decent battery live and build quality means most of the 300$ and less models are out of the question. These type of tablets are nice if you don’t expect to get many features, longevity or power out of the tablet. So for me those type of tablets where just not good enough.

On the other end of the scale you have tablets like the iPad and Motorola Xoom, both are decent and have plenty of features. But both cost an arm and a leg and I can’t justify the price for the amount of features they have.

This left the mid-range devices, like the Asus Transformer and the Acer Iconia A500 series. Both of these are good tablets, and both cost roughly the same. So it would have to come down to features and what I wanted to do. The hardware of both devices is almost identical. Both are running on the following:

  • Android based tablet
  • nVidia Tegra 2 CPU/GPU
  • 32 and 64 GB models
  • Bluetooth  / Wifi B,G,N
  • 3G option (the Iconia A501)

The only thing that separates them feature wise is that the Transformer has a far superior display with its IPS technology. So far for the specs, since both of them are almost identical I had to give both a try in the store. I was unpleasantly surprised that my favorite, the Transformer, didn’t feel all that sturdy. In fact it felt as if the device was rushed out of the factory. The case can be pushed and flexes way to much. It makes me worry its gonna get seriously damaged if I carry it in a bag.

So the Iconia A500 became the tablet of choice and now that I’ve had it for a couple of months I feel that I can write a decent review on this device. Below is a small overview of tablet and who they would serve best.

Please note that the feature difference between the mid-range and the hight end is minimal, especially for the Android tablets. You will mostly be paying extra for the brand name and the designer looks. If you have any devices you would like to see added to the list leave a comment and I’ll update the post.

Budget  < 350$
Mid-Range  350-450$
High end > 450$
  • Point of View 7″ MOBII Gen II
  • HeroTab C8
  • Asus Transformer
  • Acer Iconia A500
  • Apple iPad
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Update 2 nov 2011: Fixed some broken links in the article

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