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Six of the best tablet devices
7:00am Saturday 28th April 2012 in NewsXtra
Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best tablet devices By Peter Jenkinson.
Tablet computers - the laptop-smartphone hybrid - are becoming highly desirable pieces of technology.
The stampede to this sector was sparked by the launch of the iPad, now in its 3rd generation, yet there are many others looking for a slice of the action.
As well as being highly portable and increasingly sophisticated, tablets also have access to a burgeoning app marketplace on both iOS and Android platforms.
For some users these devices are more than adequate for their everyday computing/web tasks and many are ditching their clunky laptops in favour of these sleek devices.
Is it time to say goodbye to your full QWERTY keyboard machine? Take a look at our pick of the top six tablets.
New And Improved - iPad 3 - from £399 at http://store.apple.com/uk With four times more pixels on the display as its predecessor, the iPad3 is streets ahead of the competition in the display department. A total of 3.1 million pixels make it impossible to pick out individual pixels and now text which previously appeared perfectly readable is noticeably sharper. It also means you can watch HD films and enjoy a better gaming experience. Leading the way - again.
Best Of Both - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime with docking station - £499.99 from www.carphonewarehouse.com For anyone who's doubtful about taking the leap towards a tablet device, worried that they might miss the full QWERTY keyboard experience on their notebook, this pad offers a blend of both. Use as a touchscreen device, or add the keyboard to increase your type speed and extend the battery life to a super 18 hours. With an ultra-speedy processor and a 32GB memory, it's no slouch - a great-looking machine with wide appeal.
Dealmaker - BlackBerry PlayBook P100-16WF - £162 from www.pixmania.co.uk This tablet is well worth consideration if you own a BlackBerry smartphone, as the devices link seamlessly to each other, leaving little room for you to ever forget appointments. Previous concerns over a lack of apps for the PlayBook are being overcome as the company behind the device, RIM, has released software to support Android applications too.
Out There - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - £399 from www.carphonewarehouse.com With a 10.1in touchscreen, this gadget came to market to go head to head with Apple's offerings, and it's about the best Android tablet you can get. The basic model offers wireless or 3G connectivity with a 16GB hard drive, but memory-eaters might prefer the bigger-brained 64GB version. The display is outstanding and the stereo speakers offer a decent audible surprise.
Play A While - Sony S Tablet - from £299 at www.currys.co.uk Claiming ergonomic superiority over its rivals, this tablet is designed to move its weight closer to your palm and the curved finish on the back means it sits at the perfect angle for typing when resting on a desk. In addition to the entire Android app market, this slick device has access to PlayStation games which you can play using a PS3 controller. And we're huge fans of the built-in universal remote control to easily take charge of all your other entertainment devices, such as your TV and music system.
Web Master - Motorola Xoom HD Tablet - £379.99 from www.pcworld.co.uk Inside Motorola's offering is a lightning-quick processor that makes web browsing a breeze, so long as your Wi-Fi is half decent. The Android-powered device boasts a HD 10.1in screen and has a micro HDMI output so you can show your tablet imagery and videos on a TV screen. One feature we'd like to see on all tablets, and smartphones for that matter, is the Xoom's "Gorilla Glass", which does away with the need for screen protectors.
App of the week: Midway Arcade app - 69p on iTunes Relive those childhood arcade experiences with the Midway Arcade app.
You'll have access to all your old-time favourites such as Defender, Rampage, Joust and Spy Hunter, plus a host of others arcade treasures such as air hockey, basketball and pool.
This app is perfect for introducing younger players to the coin-operated classics.