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 models side by side.

First Generation

Although the tablet market hasn't quite expanded as quickly as some predicted, these first generation models still had a big part to play in its formation.

Check out the specifications below to get an idea of the calibre of the first wave of prototypes. These are the ones that almost made.

  Apple iPad (original) Samsung Galaxy Tab Archos 10.1 Dell Streak Dell Streak 7" Archos 5 Internet Tablet eLocity A7 Advent Vega ViewSonic ViewPad 7  

Elocity A7

Elocity A7

$369 (pre order)

Advent Vega

Advent Vega


Availability 28th May '10 (UK) 1st November '10 (UK) October 2010 4th June '10 (UK), September '10 (USA) UK launch summer 2011 September 2009 Late 2010 from Dixons/PC World 14/11/10 November 2010 - but delayed in Australia Availability
Operating System iOS 4.2 Froyo Froyo Android 1.6 (2.2 soon) The Google Platform2.2 (Froyo) Android 1.6 Froyo Froyo Froyo  Operating System
Display 9.7" 7" LCD 10.1" 5" 7" 4.8" 7" 10.1" 7" Display
Resolution 1024x768 1024x600 1024x600 800x480 800x480 800x480 800x480 1024x600 800x400 Resolution
Apps iTunes App Store (300,000+) Full Android Market (100,000+) + Samsung Apps Archos AppsLib Full Android Market (100,000+) Full Google Play Store Archos AppsLib GetJar app store Archos AppsLib Android market (official access) Apps
Camera No 3.2 MP w/ flash + front 1.3MP Front VGA 5 MP + front VGA 1.3MP No (Optional add-on) 1.3MP (front webcam) 1.3MP (front webcam) 3MP rear, 0.3MP front Camera
Touchscreen Capacitive multitouch Capacitive multitouch Capacitive multitouch Capacitive multitouch 5MP with flash Resistive touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive multitouch Capacitive multitouch Touchscreen
Multitasking Yes with OS 4.2 Yes Yes Yes NVidia Tegra dual core Yes Yes Yes Yes Multitasking
Processor 1GHz Apple A4 1GHz Cortex A8 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz 512MB RAM 800MHz ARM Cortex NVIDIA Tegra 2 1~1.2GHz Nvidia T20 Tegra 2 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
Memory 256MB RAM 512MB RAM 256MB 512MB RAM 16GB plus microSD 256MB SDRAM 512MB 512Mb 512MB RAM Memory
Storage 16/32/64GB 16GB -> 32GB via microSD 8/16GB + microSD 1.63GB -> 32GB via microSD 8-32GB flash memory, 160-500GB HD models 4GB 512Mb + 4Gb micros SD card up to 32GB via micro SD slot Storage
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes 2.1 +EDR Yes Bluetooth
USB Ports No Need adaptor Yes No Via dock No Yes Yes Yes USB Ports
HDMI output No Via dock Yes Via dock 802.11 b/g/n Via dock Yes Yes No HDMI output
WIFI 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g Optional 802.11 b/g/n 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g WIFI
3G Optional Yes No Yes 2780 mAh No No Not initially, it has an empty 3G slot - 3G model to follow in 2011 3.5G 3G
Battery 10 hours (25W lithium-polymer battery) Up to 8 hours video playback 7-10 hours 8-10 hours (Removable 1530mAh battery) 450g Up to 22 hours (lithium-polymer battery) 5 hours 6.5-10 hours 4-6 hours (heavy use), 60 hours (standby) Battery
Weight 680g or 730g (3G) 380g 480g 220g Yes, 10.1 182-286g 450g 700-750g 375g Weight
Flash Support No Yes Yes Yes (with 2.2 upgrade) Yes No Yes Yes No Flash Support
GPS A-GPS in 3G model Yes No Yes 10.1 inch version expected soon Yes No No A-GPS GPS
Comments iPad 2 on sale from 25th March 2011: there should be some good deals on the original iPad To be supplanted by the 8.9? WiFi-only version is called P1010

Android upgrade to Gingerbread is being rolled out.

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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!

Android 3 Honeycomb

Targeted for tablets. Formally released with Motorola Xoom February 2011: now improved to become 3 .2.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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

Android 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 device 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 devices 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) 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 devices 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' compatibility mode, giving the users a chance to experience non-optimised apps in full screen.




This page has now been split with the newly announced tablets on a new chart, and these first generation models staying here.


Acer Tablets and Sharp Galapagos added. Barnes & Noble Nook entry edited to give the specs of the new colour Nook.


Small corrections, the most significant being that the Dell Streak appears to have reverted to Android 1.6


Advent Vega and ViewPad 10 added. Other specifications updated. Amazon links added.


Archos 101, Blackberry PlayBook, eLocity A7, Next Tablet, Avaya Desktop Video Device and HP eStation added. Comments section added. Notes on Android libraries and operating systems added.


WeTab Operating System updated.


HDMI and USB Ports info added.


ViewSonic ViewPad added.


Toshiba Folio added.


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