They may look alike, but tablets are not one-size-fits-all devices. Different tablets have different features that appeal to different users. As such, mom’s tablet may not be the best fit for dad, and the soon-to-be grad may want something entirely different. TabletPCReview breaks down the top tablets to explain which device fits which user best.
Apple iPad 2
The Apple iPad 2 is the most complete tablet thanks to the more than 65,000 iPad apps available in the App Store. Being that it is thin, sleek and fast only adds to its appeal while it’s operating system, iOS, is so simple and intuitive, that the iPad 2 is ideal for any user — from the gadget-obsessed grad to the less technically inclined mom and dad.
Months after the Motorola Xoom release, it’s a “good tablet with great promise,” as TabletPCReview claimed in a review. The Xoom’s hardware specs can’t be beat by any other tablet on the market, and its Honeycomb OS give advanced users more control and a deeper tablet experience. Honeycomb still lacks app support however, which keeps the Xoom in the number two spot for moms, dads, and grads in 2011.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
It may be showing its age in the face of the iPad 2 and Xoom, but moms, dads, and grads can nab a Samsung Galaxy Tab for as little as $200 with a carrier agreement. That’s not the only reason the device TPCR called the “first best Android tablet” is on this list, however. The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, which offers great portability for those looking for something a little more mobile than the iPad or Xoom.
The iPad 2’s older brother may be larger and slower, but it runs the same iOS version as it’s slim sibling and offers virtually all the same features, sans a rear- and front-facing camera. It’s also much less expensive and an original iPad can be had for nearly half as much as an iPad 2.
The new kid on the block sports enough enterprise-friendly features, like BlackBerry Bridge and wireless file sharing, to appeal to business users, but it can party with its blazing processor and complete browser with full Flash support. As soon as RIM gets on the ball and adds a native email and video chat app, the PlayBook will make a strong case as a tablet fit for mom, dad, and the grad.
The ASUS EP121 is the largest tablet on this list with a 12.1-inch screen, and it’s also the most powerful. It runs the Home version of Windows 7 and ships with an active pen and can be paired with a full bluetooth keyboard. If mom, dad, or the grad are looking for a serious business tablet, there are none more earnest than the Asus EP121.
Read on to discover why the Amazon Kindle is the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Looking to get mom, dad or the grad a smartphone, laptop or other tech treat? Check out TechnologyGuide’s Moms, Dads, and Grads buyers guides for the experts’ suggestions.
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