Tablets: A Quick Look

BY JEFF DREW
October 1, 2011

Editor's note: Also read "The iPad Decision" in the October 2011 issue of the JofA. To access a chart with details on more than 50 iPad applications and information on browser-based applications from major accounting-software publishers, click here .

The following are profiles of some of the top tablets on the market. Please note that prices are subject to change. A number of iPad competitors have cut prices by as much as $100 as Apple continues to dominate the tablet market.

Apple iPad 2

Screen size: 9.7 inches
Screen resolution: 1024 by 768 pixels
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Weight: 1.33 to 1.35 pounds
Prices:

$499 for 16GB with Wi-Fi only

$599 for 32GB with Wi-Fi only

$699 for 64GB with Wi-Fi only

$629 for 16GB with Wi-Fi and 3G

$729 for 32GB with Wi-Fi and 3G

$829 for 64GB with Wi-Fi and 3G

Operating system: iOS 4
Processor: 1 GHz dual-core A5 chip
SD card slot: No
Ports: 30-pin dock connector
Notes:

Front and back cameras, 10 hours of battery life, no Flash support

Website: apple.com/ipad

Kindle Fire

Screen size: 7 inches
Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Weight: 14.6 ounces
Prices:

$199 for 8GB with Wi-Fi only

Operating system: Android-based but customized for Kindle Fire
Processor: Dual-core
SD card slot: No
Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
Notes:

Amazon’s answer to the iPad will hit the market Nov. 15. The device is designed to consume media, and it does not have cameras or a microphone. Amazon is making cloud-based storage available for free for all Amazon content.

Website: amazon.com/kindlefire

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Screen size: 10.1 inches
Screen resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels
Aspect ratio: 16:10
Weight: 1.25 pounds
Prices:

$499.99 for 16GB with Wi-Fi only

$599.99 for 32GB with Wi-Fi only

$699.99 for 16GB with Verizon 4G LTE ($529.99 with two-year Verizon contract)

$799.99 for 32GB with Verizon 4G LTE ($629.99 with two-year Verizon contract)

Operating system: Android 3.1 Honeycomb
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 2 (T20) Dual-Core 1GHz
SD card slot: No, but optional adapters available
Ports: No USB or HDMI, but optional adapters available
Notes: Front and rear cameras, Flash support
Website: samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab

Motorola Xoom

Screen size: 10.1 inches
Screen resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels
Aspect ratio: 16:10
Weight: 1.6 pounds
Prices:

$499 for Wi-Fi only

$499 for Wi-Fi and Verizon 3G with Verizon plan purchase

$599 for Wi-Fi and Verizon 3G without plan

Operating system: Android 3.1 Honeycomb
Processor:

NVIDIA Tegra 2 (T20) Dual-Core 1GHz

SD card slot: Yes
Ports: Micro USB, HDMI
Notes: Supports Flash, 10-hour battery life; 5 megapixel camera. SD card slot won’t work until rollout of Android 3.2
Website: motorola.com

HP Slate 500

Screen size: 8.9 inches
Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels (or 1024 by 768 for some applications)
Aspect ratio: 128:75 or 4:3
Weight: Starting at 1.5 pounds
Prices:

$799 for 64GB and Wi-Fi

Operating system: Windows 7 Professional
Processor: 1.86 GHz Intel Atom Processor Z540
SD card slot: Yes
Ports: USB 2.0, can add HDMI with HP Slate Dock
Notes: Comes with Evernote installed along with Adobe Reader and Adobe PDF. VGA webcam on front allows for videoconferencing. Supports Flash.
Website: hp.com

Blackberry PlayBook

Screen size: 7 inches
Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels
Aspect ratio: 128:75
Weight: 0.9 pounds
Prices:

$499 for 16 GB with Wi-Fi only

$599 for 32 GB with Wi-Fi only

$699 for 64 GB with Wi-Fi only

Operating system: BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
Processor: 1 GHz dual core
SD card slot: No
Ports: Micro USB, micro HDMI
Notes: Supports Flash, up to 10 hours of battery life. Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording.
Website:

us.blackberry.com/playbook-tablet

Dell Inspiron Duo

Screen size: 10.1 inches
Screen resolution: 1366 by 768 pixels
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Weight: 3.39 pounds
Prices: $499.99 for Wi-Fi only
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor: 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Dual Core Processor N550
SD card slot: No
Ports: USB 2.0
Notes: Flip design allows it to convert from laptop to tablet in seconds. Has keyboard and touch-screen functionality. Supports Flash. Up to 3 hours, 57 minutes of battery life.
Website: dell.com

Lenovo IdeaPad K1

Screen size: 10.1 inches
Screen resolution: 1280 by 800
Aspect ratio: 16:10
Weight: Less than 1.7 pounds
Prices: $449 to $500 for 32 GB with Wi-Fi only
Operating system: Android 3.1
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 2 (T20) Dual-Core 1GHz
SD card slot: MicroSD card reader
Ports: HDMI connector
Notes: Comes preloaded with apps including Document To Go. Up to 10 hours battery life. Has front and back cameras. Supports flash.
Website: shop.lenovo.com/us/products/tablets/ideapad

Lenovo ThinkPad

Screen size: 10.1 inches
Screen resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels
Aspect ratio: 16:10
Weight: Starting at 1.65 pounds
Prices: Wi-Fi only: $499 for 16GB, $569 for 32GB, $669 for 64GB
Operating system: Android 3.1
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 2 (T20) Dual-Core 1GHz
SD card slot: Yes
Ports: USB 2.0, mini USB and mini HDMI
Notes: Comes preloaded with apps including Documents To Go and Citrix Receiver. Up to 8 hours battery life. Supports Flash.
Website: shop.lenovo.com

Sources: apple.com ; amazon.com; samsung.com ; motorola.com ; hp.com ; us.blackberry.com ; dell.com ; lenovo.com ; David Cieslak, arxistechnology.com .

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