Sunday, March 25, 2012

New 2012 Tablets (iPad, Nexus, Xoom 2, and more)

Apple iPad (2012)

       I will start off with the most obvious tablet for this list, but there is a very good reason for that.  Which is, everyone compares tablets to the iPad.  Generally people say the iPad is the best tablet device on the market because it most likely is.  Whether you agreed with that statement or not, this is one incredible device.  The biggest improvement to the new iPad is the new retina display, which has four times the amount of pixels then the iPad 2. That is 3.1 million pixels. Yep, you read that right, 3.1 million! There are no words to describe how amazing the display.  Another new feature of the iPad is the A5X chip.  This bad boy is what gives the tablet quad-core graphics and the smooth feeling that makes apple products so magical.

        But before you start complaining about battery life, let me tell you this.  It still has 10 full of available usage. Incredible.  Apple also upgraded the iPad with their iSight camera.  You can record some amazing video with the tablet because it shoots in full 1080p.  The camera only takes 5-megapixel pictures, but that doesn't seem to affect the quality because of the other technology packed in this device.  If you are willing to throw in some extra cash, your new iPad will be blazing fast through the newly available 4G LTE.  It will also be able to turn into a personal wifi hot spot.  This tablet is packed with fantastic new features and perhaps that is why it is the best on the market.  So if you have the cash, hurry to your local Best Buy, Apple Store, or other tablet selling stores, and pick up this beast of a tablet!

Google Nexus Tablet

        This tablet is mainly in the prerelease rumor phase so most information about this device is not confirmed.  But it has an enormous amount of potential because of the nexus phones that have been released previously.  In my opinion the best feature about this tablet is its extremely low price point of $150-$200.  This is about the same price as the Kindle Fire, if not lower.  This device will have a seven inch screen which is expected of a low cost tablet.  Makers have decided to not the Tegra 3 dual-core process which cuts the cost.  Google seems to be getting into almost every technology market, so it makes sense for them to release a great device like the Nexus Tablet.  When more information about the Google Nexus Tablet is known, the people here at Gnome Tech will be all over it, so stay tuned!

Motorola XYBoard 

        Even though some may say the first Xoom tablet was a failure, that doesn't stop Motorola from trying again with the XYBoard.  According to Motorola, this tablet has gotta thinner, brighter, and lighter.  It has a nice dual-core 1.2 GHz processor which will help you run multiple apps without slowing down.  Another pretty cool feature about the XYBoard is the nano-coating.  This makes the tablet almost water proof and will repel spills and rain if they are wiped off before too long.  This device also features MotoCast, which is a wireless streaming service for your computer and tablet.  You can access music, videos, and other documents, that are stored on your computer, right on your tablet.  The battery life on this tablet is around 10 hours, which should be enough time before it can be charged again.  The XYBoard contains a five mega pixel camera with an LED flash.  Motorola is selling this device in 10.1 inch and 8.2 inch versions with 16GB or 32GB of storage. Finally, this tablet is running android 3.2 (Honeycomb) but can be upgraded to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It looks like Motorola is taking the right steps to selling a quality tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

        Samsung decided to build on its success from the first Galaxy Tab and make a second version.  They are selling it with a screen size of 10.1 inches or 7 inches.  It has storage of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB, but it can be expanded up to 32GB more through the microSD card slot.  This tablet is rolling out of the production line with android version 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).  The camera is only three mega pixels which is less then most of the other 2012 tablets.  The Galaxy Tab only contains a dual core 1 GHz processor.  About a year ago a dual core processor would be a big deal but now it is almost standerd.  This tablet seems to be for the less extensive user because its specs are not as impressive compared to other devices.  This seems like a lot of money for a tablet that has lower specs then most other devices.  But it is still a high quality tablet that should fit the average tablet user's needs.

Asus Transformer Prime

The Asus Transformer Prime is one of the highest powered tablets on the market. If you are constantly multitasking and using your tablet nonstop then this tablet is for you. This device, while docked to the keyboard, has up to 18 hours of battery life. That should be enough for any user. This tablet is so cool because it easily transforms into a laptop like device by connecting it to its keyboard dock (pictured left). You are not going to have to worry about running out of storage on this device because a 32GB and 64GB are available.  It also has a usb and micro SD card slots.  Of course all of these features need to be run with a fast processor so that is just what Asus did.  It is powered by the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3. Yeah, QUAD-CORE! This thing is without a doubt, a beast.  This tablet is even protected with strong gorilla glass.  It also has two cameras, an 8 megapixel on the back and a 1.2 megapixel camera on the front.  You can record 1080p HD video and take gorgeous pictures.  Of course the Transformer Prime is loaded with android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).  This tablet is without a doubt a competitor for the iPad.  It even has the same price as the iPad! Except the keyboard dock costs a little more it is definitely worth it.

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