The war of the tablets!
It has been a while since in the realm of technology pads appeared to take on the throne of internet bowsing, applications, compact characteristics, graphics and etcetera. The age of Laptop is here but it seems that the age of electronic tablets is at its dawn. Today there are 4 tablets capable of fighting their why to the top of the pyramid in the realm of technology. They are the Apple iPad2, HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom and Blackberry Playbook. These “4 horsemen” of technology don’t sleep or rest when it comes to delivering the best characteristics possible. So let’s see some of their ‘weapons’.
At first glance, appearance and size have a considerable input to their characteristics. The Apple iPad2 is slim and very easy to be handled, but the sharp edges are not easily avoidable. The Motorola Xoom has a bit weight more than the other tablets and it is preferable to be used at home rather than the office. Fashion seems to be around the Flyer’s looks and some cool features as well – such as the buttons capability of moving from a landscape side to portrait side without a problem. The PlayBook has a stealthy character, no home button but a swipe up movement on the bottom of the screen.
Of all the four tablets, the Apple iPad 2 is the easiest to use. The Xoom uses Androuf 3.0 Honeycomb and the Flyer uses Android 2.3 Gingerbread as an operating system; both seem to be a little chaotic during working. The Playbook has an operating system very similar to that of the BlackBerry phone, so you know who will have the advantage of adjustability.
In terms of web browsing, the Xoom takes the lead in this race. The Apple iPad 2 is fast but will come across some Flash-shaped holes on some websites. Unlike the iPad, Xoom and Flyer both support Flash. The PlayBook is a Flash master when it comes to web browsing.
Book reading in all the 4 tablets is much easier to the eyes as on a simple ebook reader. The differences come in battery duration or small stuff like handling the weight of the tablet for longer periods. The iPad is heavier to hold but its battery lasts longer. The Xoom is the heaviest of them all. The Flyer is very much lighter than the other, but it will take time for Amazon to complete the Kindle app for this device. While you wait, there are many Kobo app that are pre-installed on the PlayBook.
Email handling is easy on the iPad, but has drawback in flexibility concerning attachments, for example. The Xoom is a master of emails, especially Gmail starting with a superb on-screen keyboard and managing letters, symbols and numbers. The Flyer is quite the opposite of Xoom; it doesn’t seem to help with the Gmail manipulation. The HTC mail app is quite good, but the Gmail app on the tablet is designed for phones.
The PlayBook is email connected through the BlackBerry phone with Bluetooth. So if there is no BalckBerry nearby, there will be no email check. You can check your webmail on the browser, but not offline.
So, who do you think will win The War of The Tablets?