GadgetGuy Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets and computers
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While Apple dominates the tablet market, Google’s Android OS is a gathering force that, interpreted by the biggest names in world computing, provides welcome variety to the the ubiquitous iPad. Here are our picks from the tablets released this year.
Asus Transformer TF101
One of our favourite tablets this year, the Transformer stands out for its netbook-style body that comes apart at the push of a button. We especially like how it docks with the keyboard to almost double battery life, its USB ports and an SD card slot.
One of the more intriguing tablets of this year, the ThinkPad is Lenovo’s business-grade attempt at a portable touchscreen computer. Lenovo has included a 3G SIM slot, support for SD cards, USB, and even its own pen stylus, allowing you to take notes directly on the tablet.
Price: starting from $399
Motorola’s Xoom was one of the first iPad competitors out of the gate, and with a new model expected soon, the price is now down to a level that makes it highly competitive. It comes with 16GB of storage, a 10.1 inch screen and built-in WiFi.
Toshiba’s debut tablet is stacked with unique features that stand it apart from the competition. While it runs on the same Google Android Honeycomb OS as other tablets listed here, it also features colourful replaceable backs, a full-sized USB port, and a welcome outboard battery option.
Sony Tablet S
Price: starting from $579
Sony always goes its own way, and its debut tablet is true to form. The Tablet S offers the company’s own 9.4 inch touchscreen, a customised version of Android Honeycomb, the ability to “throw” content to other DLNA devices, support for PlayStation games over Android Market, and touchscreen universal remote control support.