I have been shopping around for Android Tablets that I would like for Christmas. I started out wanting one but now I might need two or three? It is so confusing because there are too many options when it comes to these new technology Android Tablets. I noticed that the ones that have a 3G compatible slot were a lot more expensive to buy. I am not sure why but I think that it is all a big fat gimmick. If they are going to put the other slots in then why not put a slot where you can put an Internet card in.
Most Android Tablets on the market have Wi-Fi in them so you can connect to wireless networks if you are in access area. However this does not mean that you can roam around and have an Internet connection all of the time. This is why you need the 3G compatible tablet, so you can insert your Internet card and roam around anywhere using the Internet. As far as I’m concerned, they all should come with this anyway.
In the stores you can pay up to $200 extra for Android Tablets that have a 3G slot. The other way around this is if you have a phone that can be used as a wireless access point, all you can buy a gadget that you can put your Internet card into and that will become a wireless access point. Even if a tablet has a USB port, the Android operating system is not compatible with most USB dongles and Android is the leader along with Apple at the moment. The Apple iPad is fantastic and you can run your entire business on an iPad but it is over priced for what it is. Many of the Android Tablets I have looked at can outdo the iPad with performance and quality.
I went to Harvey Norman, the good guys, big W, and a few more stores. At one stage, I said to the sales attendant that I would buy a particular tablet, however when he went to search for it they had none in stock. Unfortunately it was an advertised special and of course they have none in stock. It would have been nice if they had taken the special off until they got restocked.
Anyway me buying a tablet for Christmas was not meant to be. Now I have been researching on Amazon because I am happy to wait for them to post it to me. At least they know if they have it in stock or not. Below I will show you a few reviews on android tablets that I have put together.
Are Android Tablets Any Good?
Well this is like saying “is a Windows computer any good?” Of course they are fine, and even great in most circumstances. Apple may have a sleek style with an easy to use interface but the prices are inflated greatly. You can get the latest Android tablets for half the price of an iPad and still have more real hardware and features. Also Apple stuff is not easily expandable whereas the latest androids are coming equipped with more upgrade slots than you can poke a stick at.
OTA 7 inch Android 2.2 VIA8650 ePad Tablet PC
This is a very very cheap Wi-Fi and 3G tablet. It is using that android 2.2 operating system and is definitely not the flashiest tablet out there. It has a three megapixel camera but according to the reviews we should forget about that. The reason I am mentioning this is because it has inbuilt Wi-Fi and also supports an external 3G modem. Therefore if you want to get onto the Internet and browse by using your own Internet card, you have the freedom to do so.
It is not the fastest system either as it only has a Via 8650 800 MHz CPU where most other tablets are over 1 GHz. It really depends upon what you want to use it for.
The latest Android Tablets are also 10 inches and this one is only a 7 inch tablet. My husband has a Telstra T touch so I gather that this would be far better than that.
The other thing about this OTA device is that it has a slot for a micro-SD card which will support up to 32 GB. I am pretty sure it does not have any on-board memory to brag about. I guess that is why is it is so cheap.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying one of these accessing the Internet on the go. You can check your e-mails and Google stuff and all sorts of things. It is priced at under hundred dollars which can make it a pretty good Christmas present for even a young child.. If this was a 10 inch tablet then I would buy it.
Check out more details for yourself! (UPATED MODEL) 10″ GOOGLE ANDROID 4.0 EPAD
HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 32 GB 9.7-Inch
This is a fantastic tablet but got bad reviews for the speed. Even though it has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor, HP folded on this one and stopped making it. The price for this 32 GB 9.7 inch tablet has dropped dramatically. They have also made massive if improvements with updates that have come through, but the price is still very low at around $300.
This tab pc has seamless multitasking with HP webOS ( operating system) and it has all the essential productivity apps. In fact HP has promised to add more apps and also keep updating the tablet even though they are not making them any more.
The HP touchpad has Wi-Fi that not 3G. The price however is still amazing because it has excellent studio quality sound, excellent graphics, and just all over really good quality. It also has brilliant 9.7 inch diagonal LED backlit multitouch display. I am seriously thinking about buying this one. It also has 32 GB of on-board memory.
I watched a video on Amazon on of someone using this tablet and they had opened 10 or more applications at the same time. I’m not really sure what people are whingeing about but if it does what I want to do with it, then this is a great buy. It is said to also come with 50 GB of free online storage. You will have to research this yourself.
Check out the HP 32 GB touchpad for yourself!
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-Inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi
The Samsung Galaxy tablet is fantastic quality. It is 10.1 inches and has a Wi-Fi included. No 3G. This particular tablet only has 16 GB of memory but the quality is absolutely amazing so we can forgive them. It is also a lot pricier than the other ones I mentioned above. But this is because it is made using the android honeycomb 3.1 operating system, a dual core Tegra 2 processor, with 1 GB of RAM. These specs alone beat a lot of these devices that are out there.
The real thing that sets this tablet apart from the rest is that it has a huge battery life. It is said to get 10 hours of battery life that people are getting between seven and eight hours, which is pretty good anyway. I think that these mobile technologies need to have more battery life, otherwise you will have the hassle of having to charge it all the time when you are out and about.
The Samsung Galaxy tablet also has Wi-FiTM, 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz, 5GHz, but like I said, no 3G.The display is Display: 10.1″ WXGA (1280×800).
This tablet is excellent quality and is selling at around $440. This has definitely got the hardware inside and outside to warrant this price.
See more details about the Samsung Galaxy 10.1-Inch Tablet Or see the Samsung Galaxy 3G model
Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 32 GB Android Tablets
The Toshiba thrive tablet has a fantastic reputation already. It is definitely in the competition when it comes to quality in the tablet market. It comes with a 10 inch multitouch widescreen display with adaptive display technology, supporting 720 p. This means that when you connect it to your TV you will be able to watch it in full screen. Some of the other competitors will connect to a TV but you cannot enlarge the picture. Therefore this is an advantage as this Toshiba thrive has a HDMI port which will let you connect to the TV easily. It also has a full USB port, a mini USB port, a full-sized ST card reader, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi collectivity.
Again there is no mention of 3G and you cannot simply plug your portable wireless Internet into the USB plug because it is not compatible with the android operating system. This is what all the sales people told me when I ventured around all the stores. Because instantly when I heard that it had a full USB port, I just presumed that I could plug in my Internet dongle. All is not lost though.. You might have a phone that works as a wireless access point, I know the new Samsung Galaxy phones do, all you can buy a little device that sends out a wireless signal when you put your card into it.
The USB port can be used to transfer files from your computer or vice versa by using a USB flash drive.
There is a lot to say about this tablet as it has a 5.0 MP rear camera with autofocus and 2.0MP front-facing webcam; stereo speakers with Toshiba sound enhancements. This is absolutely amazing for a tablet.
The other main point about this Toshiba android tablet is that you can add a 128 GB SDXC card which will give you 160 gig of memory all up. This is a record for any tablet at the moment.
On the downside, this tablet is a little bit more chunkier than the others because it has so many ports, but I think I would rather it be chunky and have all the goodies with it.
See more details about the Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 32 GB Android Tablet
Now that all the Cyber Monday deals are over it is time to grab a Christmas bargain! Maybe you could help me decide which tablet to buy. You can see why I have not made a decision yet as this is just a handful of options that I have looked through.