Top 5 Tablets

With all the hype about the iPad, you’d think that the tablet PC market was all sewn up. Or, at least, Steve Jobs’ Jedi style reality filter would have you believe so.

But there is an awful lot of competition out there, from existing tablets, and those that are still to come. Trying to identify a top 5 is an almost impossible task, what with every manufacturer trying to trumpet their own creation, and every geek in the world arguing for their favourite, and equally vehemently against the ones they can’t stand.

So, in the spirit of public service, Proporta would like to offer a little, very unscientific survey of some that could qualify for a top 5.

Notion Ink Adam – Being touted as a realistic challenger to the iPad, this impressive little number boasts Pixel Qi screen integration and display, 16GB or 32GB solid state drive, built in camera, wi-fi and 3G running Android. Not officially released yet, it promises to be a proper contender, and definitely looks the part. There are also rumours it’ll have twice the battery life of the iPad. Watch this space.

HP Windows 7 Slate Tablet – Another hotly anticipated new kid on the block, is HP’s Slate Tablet. All specs remain rumours, but at the moment it’s predicted to come in a 32 and 64GB model, with an 8.9” screen, SD card reader, and 2 built in cameras (VGA front camera for video calling and a 3 mega pixel camera on the back for pictures). The OS will be a HP touch optimised UI, based on Windows 7 Premium, and if the promo videos are to be believed, it will be pretty slick. There’s some concern that this may have been shelved since HP took over Palm, but all indications are, at the moment, that it will be released later in the year.

Exo PC Slate – The Exo PC has won rave reviews in many quarters, with the capacitive touchscreen and custom software layer on top of Windows 7 getting particular praise from engadget.com. With an 11” screen, VGA Webcam, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and HD playback, it’s both powerful and pretty.

Dell Latitude XT2 – On the market for a while now, the Dell Latitude XT2 is a business focused convertible tablet, with a 12.1” touchscreen that was rated as one of the best around… at least before the pesky iPad came along. The screen is bright and crisp, the device works equally well in tablet and laptop guise, and it’s happy with a stylus or just your finger. A bit pricey, but a solid, proven performer.

Archos 7 – The Archos 7 is definitely the budget model of choice. Retailing for little over £100, it is compellingly cheap, but not cheap looking or feeling. With a 7” screen and weighing about half the amount of the iPad, it’s portable and pretty. It runs Android 1.5, which makes for good browsing, and whilst techies will have issues with the outdated OS, and the lack of access to the Android store, the less fussy shopper will find a cheap option that does everything they could want it to. The built in kickstand also makes for easy viewing.

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