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"I want a tablet PC"

Interested in choices other than the iPad. Would like to know the advantanges and disadvantages of other operating systems. eg. Android. I heard Samsung Galaxy tab may be a good alternative.

wanted by: jheyun (49) in Needham, MA 02492 +
updated on: May 31, 2011, 5:17 p.m. (6 years, 2 months ago)
posted on: Jan. 23, 2011, 11:50 a.m. (6 years, 7 months ago)
tags: android computer ipad tablet
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Android vs. iOS

Personally, I opted for the MacBook Air (13.3" with the 4 GB RAM upgrade and 128 GB Flash Storage) over any tablet and I love it. Super portable, very fast to startup upon opening the lid, quiet, long battery life, full keyboard, ability to do real work, etc.

I was going to get an iPad, but don't feel I need one now. The only thing I'm missing is a touchscreen, but the full keyboard makes up for that. It was twice as expensive though.

As far as a comparison between Android and iOS, Apple's iOS wins in the number of Apps in the store and overall ease-of-use. Google's Android wins in openness and features, especially the ability to create a WiFi hotspot. Of course, Android also displays Flash content, which is good for viewing more websites and probably bad for battery life and overall stability.

Android vs. iOS
FeatureAndroidiOS
Flash Support?YesNever
Apps? ^50K200K
Openness?OpenClosed
WiFi Hot Spots?YesNo
Multitasking?YesYes
Cloud Sync? *YesNo

^ As of June 2010
* Ability to wirelessly installs software you download from the Web to your device

comment Dell Streak FTW! Love that little guy. - JayC 6 years, 6 months ago
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Best Android Tablets: the Top iPad Alternatives

Top Android Tablets:

Samsung Galaxy Tab (T-Mobile) ($630)

The Samsung Galaxy is probably the closest Android-powered device to an iPad. It is priced the same as the 3G iPad and delivers similar features, although the web browsing seems to more be sluggish and the screen not as nice.
  • 7 inch touch screen

  • Runs Android 2.2 OS

  • Front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling

  • Rear facing 3 megapixel camera, photos and videos

  • 7 hour battery life

  • great ratings from Amazon users (4.5 out of 5 stars from 48 customer reviews)

Dell Streak ($599)

The Dell Streak lives at the intersection of the smartphone and the tablet. It is super small yet sports a 800 x 480 pixel screen which is large enough for more robust browsing and e-reading. It comes with 16 GB of internal storage and can be expanded via a uilt-in MicroSD slot.
  • 5 inch touch screen

  • In between a smart phone and a tablet

  • Built-in WiFi, 3G sim slot and MicroSD for expanding storage

  • Very small and lightweight


ViewSonic ViewPad 10 ($599)

The Viewpad 10 dual-boots Android and Windows 7. It sports a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM so it's more like a netbook with a 10.1-inch touchscreen. The Viewpad has 16GB of internal storage, a MicroSD slot and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. One downside, the Android OS is the older 1.6 rather than the more recent Android 2.2.
  • 10.1 inch touch screen

  • Dual boots Android 1.6 and Windows 7

  • Ports: 2 USB, mini VGA, audio in and out

  • Front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chats
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