Tablet Computers - Reviews

Tablet Computers Reviews on This Website

Tablets have infiltrated the lives of consumers to the point where I felt the need to thrash all this information out for myself as well as for my visitors. I started with the Tablet computers introduced at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas in January of 2011.

As time allows, I will be adding descriptions of models as they appear on the market and I will continue to update these reviews. If you have information which may be helpful, please contact me and I will check out your information and post it here.

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AOC

  • AOC BREEZE MW0811

    The first tablet by this LCD maker was the AOC Breeze. This relatively low-priced tablet has a 4:3 aspect ratio in a
    resistive 8" 800x600 display. There is a row of physical keys on the right hand side including a "home" and a "back" key.

    Some of its specs include a Rockhip processor running Android 2.1, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack with mono speakers and Wi-Fi capability. The AOC BREEZE MW0811 weighs 1.1 lbs and comes with 256MG of RAM, has 4GB of storage and includes a microSD card slot. Battery life is 12 hours playing audio or 6 while viewing video.

    Running Android 2.1 means that it is not compatible with Adobe Flash content so watching video on Internet sites such as You Tube will not be possible. It does have an eBook reader app, which is a plus.

    Consumer consensus is that this relatively low-cost tablet can surf the net well enough (though it may be a bit slow), it has a good battery life and is lightweight. Unfortunately, not all apps work or work well with this particular tablet (especially games), the touchscreen is not very responsive, the screen resolution and color reproduction is disappointing, and there is not much support for this tablet from AOC.

  • AOC BREEZE MW9022

    AOC's newer tablet is a 9-inch Android tablet, called the AOC Breeze MW9022. It has a 9-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

    Although the AOC Breeze MW9022 doesn’t have dual or quad-core chips, its 1.2 GHz Cortex-A8 CPU should certainly be fast enough for most everyday tablet computing tasks and is especially good for a tablet model that fits into the budget category. The Breeze also comes with 1 GB of RAM.

    Two models are available. One has 8GB of built-in storage and the other comes with 16GB. In addition, each has a microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB cards.

    The AOC Breeze MW9022 has dual cameras, a 2 megapixel on the front for video chat and a 5 megapixel on the back for photos and videos. Included is an HDMI interface and a Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n radio. The tablet features a 7,000 mAh battery which should last up to 7 hours.

    The Breeze MW9022 tablet weighs in at 1.4 lbs, measures 0.5 inches at its thickest point and, most importantly, features an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICE) operating system.

AOC Tablet Computer




AOC Breeze


  • Apple

    Upgrade to iPad 3?

    Apple iPad 3

    iPad, iPad 2 and now iPad 3 (and soon iPad 4)! Should you upgrade each time? Is it really worth it? Directly below I have outlined the differences between the iPad 2 and the 3rd version of the iPad. Below that you will find my reviews of the original iPad and iPad 2. Hopefully, you will find your answers after reading the following information.

    What is new with the iPad 3?

    Physically, Version 3 is not much different than Version 2, although it is a slight bit heavier. However, there are definitely worthwhile updates to be found in the new iPad:

    • The Processor

      Inside, the processor is updated to an A5X with quad-core graphics.
    • The Front Camera

      The camera on the front has a VGA sensor. It is able to take good quality images with its built-in image stabilization and anti-shake effects.
    • The Back Camera

      Way up from a 0.7MP on the iPad 2, the iPad 3 now has a 5MP camera on the back of the unit. Additionally, a "tap to autofocus" mode helps to correct sharpness and exposure levels of images. Unfortunately, there is no flash on the camera and HDR (High Dynamic Range) is not available (as it is on the iPhone 4S).
    • The Video Camera

      The video camera shoots in 1080p at up to 30 fps. The iPad 2 is only able to shoot 720p.
    • RAM

      The RAM of the iPad 3 has been increased to 1 GB over the 512MB of the iPad 2.
    • Screen Resolution

      Without a doubt, the most impressive feature of the iPad 3 is its awesome Retina Display feature. The screen resolution of the iPad 3 is a whopping 2048x1536 with a ppi of 264. This is an improvement over the iPad 2 which has a resolution of 1024x768 with a ppi of 132. They both share a screen size of 9.7".

      In actuality, the iPhone 4 has a much sharper display than the iPad 3 because it has a higher density of 330ppi density. Apple suggests that the iPhone be held 10 inches away but the iPad 3 should be held 15 inches away which makes the sharpness pretty much the same. The important point is that the pixilation is almost nothing and the color reproduction is superior.

      The display of the new iPad 3 takes the smartphone experience and expands it to a larger tablet for a bright and crisp screen. The only downside is that when using Facetime, although the front facing VGA camera does a very good job, the Retina Display may make the picture look a bit grainy when you are calling another iPad. However, if you are calling from an iPhone, there is no problem with the picture.

      The Retina Display helps to make email text more legible than text on the iPhone. There is a Reader Tab in the address bar which will turn any text on the page into an e-book-reading experience. (However, you cannot save text for offline viewing and it does take a while to load.)

      The Retina Display combined with the tabbed internet browsing makes it very easy to move from one page to another. Both text and pictures look equally impressive.

    • Internet Browsing, Photo viewing, and Movie Sessions

      These are definite improvements over the iPad 2. There are some elements of web browsing that could still do with fixes that we may have to wait for in iPad 4! These include:
      • Making the bookmarking system more clear
      • Improving the zooming in and out of text when viewing long web pages.
      • Making the icon sizes larger would help because when reloading and shutting down a page, accuracy is affected with the small icon sizes of the iPad 3. The icons on the home screen are actually much larger than those of the iPhone 4S.

    • 4G LTE and Mobile Hotspot

      Where 4G LTE is available in the United States and Canada, the internet connection can be even faster than Wi-FI. The iPad 2 has only 3G connectivity but the iPad 3 has the capability of connecting to 4G. Additionally, the Verizon iPad 3 can be used as a mobile hotspot. AT&T's iPad 3 does not have this capability.
    • Battery Life

      The Retina Display does take quite a bit of the battery life but normal usage should last at least 1 day. The battery life of the iPad 2 and the iPad 3 are approximately the same-—9 to 10 hours. However, the battery capacity of the iPad 3 is almost twice that of the iPad 2 with 42.5 watt-hours vs. 25 watt-hours.
    • Bluetooth

      The iPad3 is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 which uses less power than previous versions and can also be found in iPhone 4S. The iPad 2 uses 2.1 EDR Bluetooth.
    • eMailing

      Now there is access to separate folders with the ability to quickly go back into the inbox. Additionally, it is much easier to search through emails.

      Unfortunately, Siri is not present on the iPad 3 for dictating emails. The dictation feature that is available is not as accurate and it is probably best to email through the keyboard.

      Contacts are laid out in address book style which allows scrolling through the contacts on the left while each contact's information opens on the right.

      Downloading contacts from an iPhone or an older version of the iPad is very easy. On the other hand, it is not as easy as one would expect when downloading from Exchange or Google.

    • Twitter Integration

      Sending a photo to Twitter is an option after a photo is snapped, but only after a Twitter account has been set up from the Settings menu.

    Some Useful Features of the iPad 3

    • Many Home Screens

      With the iPad 3, as many home screens as desired can be filled and swiping from screen to screen is very smooth. In addition, the dock at the bottom of the display can hold up to 6 favorite apps from any of the home screens. This is actually 2 more than the iPhone. It is also very easy to create folders of apps all in one place. The iPad 3 will name them but they are easy enough to rename.
    • Multi-Tasking Gestures

      • Pinch In goes to home screen.
      • Flick Up gives access to the multi-tasking window.
      • Swipe Left allows moving between open apps.

    • Double-Tapping the Home Button

      This will access recently opened apps. They can then be deleted from the tray by pressing on an individual app and then tapping the 'x' that appears.
    • Double-Tapping the Home Button When the Screen is Locked.

      This allows access to the music play without needing to open the iPad. The music quality is very good and the tunes can be controlled from anywhere in the system. The bad part is that controls are high on the left and small and icons to go through tunes are also small. A slide show of photos can also be started by double-tapping the Home Button when the screen is locked.

    Some Negatives of the iPad 3

    • Still No flash Integration

      As is expected, Apple continues not to concern itself with Flash. And now there are only a few sites that do not have HTML5 coding in place of Flash, so it seems that Apple needn't worry at all.
    • Still No Expandable Memory

      The iPad 3, like the iPad 2, is still available only in 16, 32, and 64 GB capacities.

      The lack of expandable memory could quickly use up the internal storage when downloading movies. iTunes videos are also quite pricey at this time. NOTE: The iPad 4 may have up to 128GB of storage and maybe by the time it comes out the video store might be more affordable as well.

    • Can Heat Up Excessively

      With medium-term use, the iPad 3 can head up excessively, which may be alarming. However, this doesn't seem to have too much of an impact on the battery life.
    • Messaging

      The main problem here is that it is difficult to hold the tablet and type out a message, although opting for the SmartCover is a good idea as it will help to elevate and hold the iPad 3.

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  • BlackBerry

    BlackBerry tablets use the QNX operating system which replaces the current BlackBerry operating system. QNX offers more efficiency, lower power consumption, better stability and a wide variety of developer platform support. This operating system also enables a range of multimedia capabilities from Flash to 3D rendering.

    The BlackBerry Playbook has a 7", 1024x600 display with a capacitive touchscreen interface, 1 GB of RAM and a 1GHz dual-core processor. They are Wi-Fi and 3G capable (see below). A 3MP camera is on the front with a 5MP with HD recording (1080p) in the back. The operating system is QNX with a dual-core TI OMAP4430 chipset. It runs Adobe Flash 10.1.

    The Playbook's display is clear and bright with excellent viewing angles and a responsive touchscreen layer. This tablet allows for multitasking in real-time. Loading and running a number of different system-intensive applications at the same time should not significantly impact the speed performance.

    BlackBerry Playbook Tablet

    The bottom of the screen includes a row of side-swiping icons which are sorted into categories such as "Internet", "Media" and "Games", etc. Large thumbnail previews of apps that are currently running can be seen in a carousel above the row.

    The USB port on the bottom edge of the Playbook can support ethernet connections (with the appropriate adapter). The tablet is only 9.7mm thick and weighs just 0.9 lbs.

    According to RIM, the manufacturers of the BlackBerry, a major advantage of the PlayBook is that it will interface very well with the business environment. This is because it will enable viewing of Microsoft Office documents and working with other business applications.

    A word of caution about the BlackBerry...It will not come with its own 3G connectivity. It will be entirely dependent upon the BlackBerry phone to get online. It will even have to hook up to a BlackBerry phone for calendar and messaging apps. It would seem that the manufacturer has reasoned that since the majority of the members of the corporate world already use the BlackBerry phone, hooking up the phone with a tablet PC would actually be an asset. Strangely, when the BlackBerry phone is disconnected from the tablet, the secure data will be stored on the phone, not the tablet. After disconnecting, the shared data will actually be erased from the tablet.

    It remains to be seen how much of an advantage this tablet will actually be to the business community. It may be a disappointment to those who would prefer a tablet that can function on its own.

    A 2nd Playbook tablet, a 4G WiMAX Playbook. is also available.




  • Blackberry Playbook


  • Dell

    Dell has stepped into the spotlight with at 2 tablets.
  • Please check out the Dell Streak Tablets here.




    Dell Streak


  • eLocity

    Stream TV Networks manufactures the eLocity Android tablets. The first was the A7, a 7" with NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip and Android 2.2.

    7 different 10" Android tablets are available. All run Android Honeycomb and have support for Adobe Flash. Front-facing cameras and support for 1080p HD video playback as well as HDMI output and microSD card slots is available with these tablets. They also include NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips. Different storage configurations, screen technologies and wireless capabilities are the distinguishing features between these new models.

  • eLocity Tablet






    eLocity A7


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    The following is a list of tablet computers that can be found on this website in alphabetical order. As information becomes available, more tablets will be entered and more complete descriptions for each will be added as well.

    My blog will also be updated regularly as new information becomes available. I hope you will visit here regularly.

    AOC

    APPLE

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    BlackBerry

    Dell

    eLocity

    HP

    HTC

    Isabella Products

    Lenovo

    Motorola

    Samsung

    Nexus 7

    Technicolor

    Toshiba

    Viewsonic

    Viliv

    Vizio