having announced their WebOS-based TouchPad tablet earlier today. Once you're done digesting all the juicy details, we're going to see how how HP's upcoming tablet compares to Apple's mobile juggernaut, as well as some of this year's other most anticipated models.
Motorola's Xoom and HP's TouchPad will both be 3G/4G capable, and BlackBerry's PlayBook is actually 4G-only, at least thus far (a 3G-capable model has only been rumoured).
Also, dual-core is more or less the norm from here on out, with each manufacturer using their own ARM-based variant inside. This jives with what we've heard about the iPad 2, which may be clocked at 1.2 GHz like Motorola's Xoom. Coupled with a beefy 1 GB of RAM for all the tablets we've compared — far more than the current generation iPad's paltry 256 MB — and you have a good indication of where this market is heading in terms of performance and speed.
our bet is that Apple's next generation iPad will stick to this trend — contrary to what some rumours claim.
Finally, it's worth noting the interesting discrepancy between cameras in each of this year's tablets. HP, for example, offers no rear-facing camera, providing only a modest front-facing sensor instead. Meanwhile, the Xoom and the PlayBook offer considerably higher-quality sensors, while the iPad 2 is said to have a paltry 1 MP rear-facing camera and a 0.3 MP sensor on the front. The lack of consistency is intriguing, and seems to indicate that, beyond video-calling capabilities, no one is quite sure whether tablet photography will have similar success when compared to mobile phones.
Below, we have a full comparison of this year's upcoming tablets, with the first-generation iPad included for reference.
|Apple iPad |
|Motorola Xoom |
|HP TouchPad |
|BlackBerry PlayBook |
|Display||9.7" IPS||10.1" LCD||9.7" LCD||7" LCD|
|Resolution||1024x768||1200x800||1024x768||1024 x 600|
|Processor||1 GHz |
|1 GHz dual-core |
|1.2 GHz dual-core |
|1 GHz dual-core |
TI OMAP 4430
|256 MB DDR||1 GB DDR2||1 GB||1 GB|
|Battery Life||10 hours of |
|10 hours of |
|Dimensions||9.53" x 7.48" x 0.54"||9.8" x 6.6" x 0.5"||9.45" x 7.48" x 0.54"||5.1" x 7.6" x 0.4"|
|Weight||1.6 pounds||1.6 pounds||1.6 pounds||0.9 pounds|
|Storage||16GB, 32GB, 64GB||32GB||16GB, 32GB||16GB, 32GB, 64GB|
|Bluetooth||2.1 + EDR||2.1 + EDR||2.1 + EDR||2.1 + EDR|
|GPS||A-GPS (3G only)||GPS/A-GPS||A-GPS||—|
|—||2 MP||1.3 MP||3 MP|
|Rear-facing camera||—||5 MP||—||5 MP|
|Video Calling||—||Google Talk||Skype||Yes|
|Multitasking||Partial||Yes||Yes (card-based)||Yes (card-based)|
|Browser||Webkit (Safari)||Webkit (Chrome)||Webkit||Webkit|
What are your thoughts on Palm's tablet announcement? How do you think this year's tablets compare? Which are you most interested in buying? Let us know below!