Does this list apply to you? A.) You don't want an iPad. B.) You want a tablet. C.) Ten inches is too big. D.) Seven inches is too small. If so, you might soon be in the market for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 ($470-$570). Powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb and a dual-core 1GHz processor, the 8.9 features a 1280x800 8.9-inch display, HSPA+ networking, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a three-megapixel rear camera, a two-megapixel front camera, Sammy's TouchWiz UX interface — the first custom job for Android 3.0 — either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and all the glory that comes with being the only person you know who owns an 8.9-inch tablet.
Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance today to introduce us to the iPad 2 ($500-$829). About 33% thinner than the current iPad (which makes it thinner than the iPhone 4), the all-new iPad features Apple's new dual-core A5 processor for faster everything, as well as a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video. It's also got a built-in gyroscope, HDMI video output at 1080p HD ($39 cable required), 10 hours of battery life, and the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. Choose from black or white in 16GB ($500), 32GB ($600), 64GB ($700) sizes. If you want built-in 3G, you'll have to pay a little more — 16GB ($629), 32GB ($729), 64GB ($829). Also announced were iMovie ($5) and GarageBand ($5) for iPad, and a new magnetic Smart Cover ($39-$69).
And the parade of new tablets continues. The HTC Flyer ($TBA) runs Android 2.4 with HTC's Sense interface, and packs a seven-inch touchscreen with 1024x600 resolution, a 1.5 GHz processor, 32 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion, 1GB of RAM, HSPA+/GSM cellular connectivity, a five megapixel rear camera with auto focus and a 1.3 megapixel front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, GPS, and all the mystique and intrigue that comes with being someone who doesn't use an iPad.
With sales of its original, seven-inch Galaxy Tab not exactly setting the world on fire, Samsung's ready to try again with its big brother. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 ($TBA) offers more than just screen size improvements over its little sibling, including three-megapixel AF rear-facing and two-megapixel front-facing cameras with 720p video recording, a 1GHz dual-core processor, HSPA+ 21Mbps, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi, up to 64GB of internal storage, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Flash 10.2 support, Samsung's TouchWiz UX interface, and, of course, a 1280x800 10.1-inch touch display.
Nope, it's not an iPad. But it sure as hell looks like one. As it happens, the HP TouchPad ($TBA) feels like one too, thanks to its nearly identical screen (9.7 inches), weight (1.6 pounds) and dimensions. Setting it apart are a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, 1.3 megapixel webcam, and HP's not-so-recently acquired webOS 3.0, which sets itself apart from iOS with its card-based interface, "true" multitasking, a HP Synergy-powered communication suite, and fancy new tricks like touch-to-share data transfer and Touchstone technology for sharing info with a webOS phone... which you probably don't have.