Do you think Hasbro is getting a cut on this? Oh, sorry, didn't realize you were reading already. Anyway, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime ($500) is the world's first tablet to sport Nvidia's crazy quad-core Tegra 3 processor — codenamed Kal El, presumably after Superman (DC Comics dolla bills y'all) — and will also offer a 12-hour battery, a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-resolution Super IPS+ display, an eight-megapixel camera, and an optional $149 keyboard dock which may or may not be named after a comic book character. [via]
It's shaping up to be quite the holiday season for tablet shoppers. First the iPad, then the Fire, and now the Nook Tablet ($250). Aimed squarely at consumers of books, magazines, video, and other media, the Nook Tablet sports a dual 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a seven-inch VividView touchscreen, 16GB of memory, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora pre-loaded, Wi-Fi for downloading more Android apps, a rechargeable battery good for up to 11.5 hours of reading, and, of course, a funky open loop in the bottom corner for attaching a carabiner. Oh, that's not what it's for? Why is it there, then?
Still on board the "I hate Apple and won't buy an iPad" boat? Suit yourself, and prepare your bank account for purchase of these Sony S1 & S2 Tablets ($TBA). Running the latest version of Android 3.0, both tablets will offer Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity, DLNA functionality, PlayStationSuite support, and a 9.4-inch screen on the S1, which also offers universal remote control functionality, or two 5.5-inch screens on the S2.
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.
Last year's original Nook was a little odd, with a color touch screen and e-Ink display. It was like the iPad and Kindle had an illegitimate child. Now Barnes & Noble is back with the Nook Color ($250). Still based on Android and offering access to a store library of over two million digital titles, the new Nook features a 7-inch VividView touch screen, 8GB of internal storage, microSD storage expansion, Wi-Fi, a full browser, Pandora, and other applications through the new NOOKdeveloper program — which makes it a whole lot more Apple than Amazon.
If you're in the market for a tablet but need a more business-oriented box than the iPad, check out the HP Slate 500 ($800). Powered by Windows 7 Professional and a 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor, the Slate features an 8.9-inch touch screen, an active digitizer for pen support, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, an HD accelerator for video playback, front- and rear-facing cameras — of the VGA and 3 megapixel variety — and an included dock with HDMI output. In other words, it means business.
They're certainly not the first company we expected to be building a tablet, but the Alessi Tab ($TBA) looks quite nice anyhow. Based on Android 2.1 and sporting a sveltle body and graphics both designed by Stefano Giovannoni, the Tab features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 1GB of internal memory with SD expansion, Wi-Fi, DVB-T with integrated antenna, HDMI output, a rechargeable battery, USB ports, and handy widgets to bring you the news, weather, and recipes hassle-free.
We won't know until next year whether it's a legitimate contender to the iPad's tablet throne, but we know this much: they definitely got the name right. The BlackBerry PlayBook ($TBA) is a new 7-inch touchscreen tablet aimed more at the business crowd, but packing plenty of widely-appreciated features like dual HD cameras, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, HDMI output, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 1080p video playback, 1024x600 resolution, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support, and Blackberry's new — and yet unproven — Tablet OS.