With the success of the iPad, despite its many lacks and drawbacks, many people are discovering the advantages of having a tablet. While they are still something of a luxury item, the technology is evolving rapidly and with new tablets like the soon to be released Motorola Xoom, tablets are poised to become a mainstream item. Earlier Android tablets like the Viewsonic Gtablet with its nVidia tegra 2 processor, ability to play HD video, and thankfully the ability to view the FULL web in all its glory by supporting Adobe Flash, have helped make tablets more and more desirable.
Tablets are consumption devices, and what is great about them is they are extremely portable and easy to carry around – with an abundance of cases that make them more like carrying a book, they are stylish and professional at the same time. I have found that tablets are great to take to a restaurant – nice to be able to browse the news on the internet while waiting for food, or have immediate access to email (much easier to read and respond to than using a smartphone). It is also nice to have a tablet in the car for passengers to browse the internet easily without the bulk of even a netbook.
The Motorola Xoom, while still a bit on the pricey side, has an abundance of features such as front and rear facing cameras, full support for Flash, USB, Wifi, Bluetooth, and the pricier models have 3G (upgradable to 4G). With larger and higher resolution screen than the iPad, and sporting Googles Android 3, the Xoom is looking like the one to beat for the near future (regardless of what Apple comes up with for the iPad 2, as long as they refuse to support Flash it just doesn’t make sense to fork out that kind of money for something that has a limted web experience).
Of course I will probably grab a Xoom when it comes out here in Pensacola, and it will probably replace my iPad and Gtablet as device of choice, and it very well may be the one that I recommend to all those who smartly decided they didn’t want to line Steve Jobs pockets by paying the Apple premium for an iPad.