The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was surely all about tablets with around 100 or so launches but it would also be safe to conclude that it was all about Google' Android, as a majority of tablets showcased run on either Honeycomb or Froyo juice.
However, the top of the line launches include Motorola Xoom, ASUS MeMo, Lenovo LePad, Dell Streak 7, Notion Ink Adam and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G.
The event was highlighted by the launch of Android 3.0 - codenamed Honeycomb - at the show. The Android 3.0 is counted as Google's Android edition primarily crafted for tablets. The best of the Honeycomb lot includes Motorola Xoom and ASUS MeMo. Zoom flaunts a 10.1-inch display while MeMo has a 7-inch scree. Xoom offers better resolution at 1280x800 compared to MeMo's 1024x600 configration. Xoom is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor while MeMo runs on Qualcomm 1.2 Ghz chip. MeMo comes offers internal memory variations of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB while the Xoom comes in only 32 GB format. MeMo differentiates itself from the Zoom in that it offers a stylus to write on the screen.
In the 10.1-inch Android space Xoom has competition from Lenovo LePad and India-based startup's Notion Ink Adam. Screen resolution wise Notion Ink Adam falls short of the LePad and Xoom's 1280x800 configurations with a 1024x600 format. However, the Notion Pad uses a PixelQi display and allows the option of turning-off the LCD backlight. Slashgear reported The Notion Ink Adam uses the Eden UI a multitasking UI that divides the screen into three parts. PC World reported that the Adam UI is a customized version of Android 2.3 that replicates all features that the Android 3.0 offers.
Xoom scores on the camera front as it offers a 5MP rear and 2 MP front-facing cameras while LePad offers only a 2MP camera and Ink Adam offers a 3.2 MP. Reports claim that Notion Ink Adam returns battery life of 16 hours which seems a gigantic feat compared to Zoom's 10 hours and LePad's 8 hours battery life. Also Adam Ink is lighter than the two at 1.5 lbs compared to 1.6 lbs flaunted by both Xoom and LePad.
In the 7-inch Android category ASUS MeMo competes against Dell Streak 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G. Comparatively Dell Streak's resolution at 800x480 is challenged by MeMo and Galaxy Tab's 1024x600 specifications. Also both MeMo and Galaxy Tab weigh around 0.8 lbs while Streak tips the scale at 1 lb. ASUS MeMo is powered by Qualcomm 1.2GHz while Streak runs on Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core and Galaxy Tab runs on Hummingbird 1.2 Ghz.
Though the next edition of Honeycomb could be the winner the details would tumble out when the tablets are put through the paces, until then the Android list of tablets on sheet looks pretty formidable both in the 7-inch and 10.1-inch category.
Here is a comparison between Android tablets, both Honeycomb and Froyo:
|Motorola Xoom||ASUS MeMo||Lenovo LePad||Dell Streak 7||Notion Ink Adam||Samsung Galaxy Tab|
|OS||Android 3.0||Android 3.0||Android 2.2||Android 2.2||Android 2.2||Android 2.2|
|Processor||Nvidia Tegra 2: Dual Core 1Ghz||Qualcomm 1.2 GHz||Qualcomm 1.2 GHz||Nvidia Tegra 2: Dual Core 1GHz||Nvidia Tegra 2||Hummingbird 1.2 GHz|
|Memory||32 GB||16/32/64 GB||16 GB/ 32 GB||16 GB||16 GB/ 32 GB||16 GB|
|RAM||1 GB||N.A||1 GB||512 MB||1 GB||512 MB|
|Camera||5MP rear, 2MP front||5 MP rear, 1.2 front||2 MP||5 MP rear and 1.3 MP front||3.2 MP||5 MP rear, 1.3 front|
|Battery||10 hrs||N.A||8 hrs||N.A||16 hrs||7 hrs|
|Weight||1.6 lbs||0.8 lbs||1.6 lbs||1 lbs||1.5 lbs||0.838 pounds|