Tablet Comparison Table

The Apple iPad effectively had the tablet market to itself for a year, but now there is a bewildering array of options to consider. To help you choose between the Galaxy Tabs and the Motorola Xooms, we have prepared a chart of specifications.

At first, they can all look pretty similar, but some now have quite significant differentiators. To be honest, some also have significant problems.

Our comparison chart is split into handy tabs for you to compare similar tablet PCs side by side.

Prototypes/Limited Sale

These are devices that haven't quite made it to the mainstream market yet; some never will.

However, they are still deserving of your scrutinity, so scroll down to see how they stack up.

  Toshiba Folio 100 HP TouchPad Cisco Cius LG Optimus Pad V900 eLocity A7 Avaya Desktop Video Device HP Photosmart Estation ICD Vega Notion Ink Adam WeTab  

HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad


Cisco Cius

Cisco Cius

Price: $750

Elocity A7

Elocity A7

$369 (pre order)

Avaya Desktop Video Device

Avaya Desktop Video Device

Price TBA (likely around $2000)


ICD Vega

ICD Vega

Price TBA

Notion Ink

Notion Ink Adam

Price $550



449/569 euros

Availability 4th November 2010 July 2011 Summer 2011 July 2011, exclusive to Carphone Warehouse Late 2010 To Be Announced October 2010 To Be Announced Now shipping worldwide available direct from manufacturer Availability
Operating System Android 2.2 HP webOS The Google Platform2.2 (Froyo) Android 3 (Honeycomb) Android 2.2 Android Android 2.1 Android 2.1 Android 2.2 with an overlay interface called Eden MeeGo OS (Linux) Operating System
Display 10.1" 9.7" 7"  8.9" 7" 11.5" 7" 15.6" 10.1" 11.6" Display
Resolution 1024*600 1024x768 1024x600 1280x768 800x480 1366x268 To Be Announced To Be Announced 1024x600. Optional pixel Q1 daylight view. 1366x768 Resolution
Apps Toshiba Apps HP App Catalog Google Play Store + 'Extended Android applications for business' Full Google Play GetJar app store "Support for Android apps" Pre-selected Android apps (no access to store) See notes See notes WeTab Meta-Store.
Support for native, Java, Linux, Adobe AIR® and Android Apps
Camera 1.3 MP 1.3MP webcam 5 MP 2MP / 3D 5MP 1.3MP (front webcam) 5MP No 1.3 MP webcam 3.2MP swivel 1.3MP Camera
Multitasking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multitasking
Processor Tegra 250 Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual core Intel Atom Z615 1.6GHz NVidia Tegra 2 250 NVIDIA Tegra 2 1~1.2GHz To Be Announced Freescale i.MX51 NVIDIA Tegra 1 GHz, Dual-core ARM Cortex 1.66GHz Intel Atom Processor
Memory 512 MB 1 GB RAM 1 GB RAM 1GB 512MB To Be Announced To Be Announced 512 RAM To Be Announced 1GB RAM Memory
Storage 16GB internal, 32GB SDcard 16 or 32 GB 32 GB + microSD 32GB 4GB To Be Announced To Be Announced 32GB internal SD 16/32GB +microSD 16GB/32GB Storage
USB Ports Yes microUSB Yes micro USB Yes To Be Announced To Be Announced 2.0 Yes Yes USB Ports
HDMI output Yes Yes Micro HDMI Yes Yes To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced Yes Yes HDMI output
WIFI 802.11b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g 802.11 b/g/n To Be Announced 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n WIFI
3G No Optional Yes (4G planned) Yes No No No Yes Optional Optional 3G
Battery 1020mAh (7 hours) 6300 mAh 5200 mAh: 8 hours (typical business use) 10 hours of battery life (6,400 mAh battery) 5 hours 3 hours minimum 4-6 hours To Be Announced Up to 16 hours, (lithium-polymer battery) 6 hours Battery
Weight 760g 740g 520g 626g 450g To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced 726g 995-1020g Weight
Flash Support No Yes Yes Yes Yes To Be Announced No No Yes Yes, but no hardware acceleration Flash Support
GPS No A-GPS on 3G model Yes A-GPS No To Be Announced No To Be Announced A-GPS on 3G model GPS
Comments Pulled by many UK and Australian retailers. 3G version expected around Easter 2011 Wireless charging and data transfer via HP Touchstone Aimed at the corporate market with ' Full range of Cisco Collaboration and Unified Communication applications' Has dual-lens camera for shooting in 3D. Also displays red/blue 3D for watching with special glasses. Called G-Slate in USA.   Aimed at business users, has Ethernet jack and docking station Small quantities have now been shipped and are available in the UK Intended for use as "family hub". A smaller model, the Gemini, was reputed to be on the way but no news for months "directly migrating to Honeycomb in future" Only very small quantities being shipped. Upgrades for touchscreen and Flash acceleration allegedly coming, also Android virtual machine Comments

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Platform options (Operating Systems)

Android Jelly Bean 4.2

Ice Cream SandwichThis is quite a minor increment compared to Ice Cream Sandwich, but it has been generally well received. This version of the platform was introduced along with the first tablet to be sold directly by Google - the Nexus 7. One feature that has been particularly well recieved is the ability to have multiple user-profiles on one device - meaning multiple users can use the device while keeping settings and preferences walled off from eachother.

Android Ice Cream (or Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS)

Ice Cream SandwichThis is hoped to be the saviour for Android tablets. It's been launched for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Smartphone in the UK. The source code has also been released, resolving what was looking quite a big issue for Honeycomb. There is so far just one tablet avaialble - and that's in China!

Version 3 Honeycomb

Targetted for tablets. Formally released with Motorola Xoom February 2011: now improved to become 3 .1.

Version 2.3 Gingerbread

Available since December 2010. Does not support dual core processors. Improvements to user interface, speed and battery life.

Version 2.2 Froyo

Available since May 2010 and finally became the most common version on Android smartphones in January 2011. Froyo supports Flash and will allow your tablet (or phone) to work as a WiFi hotspot (if your tablet has 3G support, SIM card and contract.) The importance of these two features in particular makes tablets running earlier versions seem a poor choice.


This is Apple's wildly successful mobile operating system. While it only works on Apple hardware and does not support Flash, it has withstood the attentions of more (and more demanding) tablet users than any of the alternatives.


The official Android Market now has 250,000 apps (May 2011). However, a number of tablets are not officially recognised by Google who appear to want all devices running Android 2.x to be fully functioning mobile phones, despite their size. As a result, many tablets are not officially permitted access to the market. In most cases, the manufacturer has added some sort of library of their own. Generally, these aren't very successful. However, the more ambitious user can follow reasonably simple instructions to download an unofficial copy of the Android Market and install it. This market should work properly, giving you access to free and paid apps and taking your money in the normal way. However, paid apps are not available in all countries.

Until recently very few of the apps available were optimised for Honeycomb. Developers of the most popular apps, however, have taken the time to optimise their apps: one compendium estimates that there are around 400 apps optimised for Honeycomb (August 2011). It was also recently announced that Honeycomb 3.2 will feature a 'zoom-to-fill' compatability mode, giving the users a chance to experience non-optimised apps in full screen.




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