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 Google Nexus and the new generation of Samsung Tab 2s, 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.
High Resolution Tablets
This chart is for tablets with resolutions of greater than 1280x800, for a super-sharp visual experience. Currently the iPad Air is clearly the most famous resident here, but the previous 2 versions, also shown here, actually have the same resolution and are still avaialble.
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Platform options (Operating Systems)
The official Google Play Store now has 600,000 apps (July 2012). 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.