Is a Tablet the answer to your Christmas Gift Headache?

In a recent survey carried out by The Nielsen Company, 18% of Americans over the age of 18 and 31% of U.S. children want an iPad for Christmas. We suspect those figures are very similar here in the UK and so we’ve compiled a list of the top 7 tablets that are either currently on the market or due for release very soon. So if the first signs of a Christmas Gift headache are beginning to show then why not buy a tablet to ease the pain…

Blackberry Playbook – (UK release date – Q2 of 2011)

Specs: Blackberry tablet OS SDK, 7-inch Display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, Dual HD cameras, supports 1080p HD video recording/playback, microHDMI, microUSB, Flash Player

The new Blackberry Playbook is being reported as the biggest tablet rival to Apple’s iPad and if you’ve seen the specifications you can see why. It looks great and they have managed to cover both the business customers’ needs and general consumer’s requirements with precision. There are also reports that the price will be considerably cheaper (£311) than the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Apple iPad – From £429

Specs: iOS 4.2, 9.7-inch Display, 1024×768 resolution, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, 1.4GHz Apple A4 processor, up to 10 hours battery life (dependant on model), 16GB/32GB/64GB hard drive

The iPad is sleek, clever and has a wide range of apps. Demand this Christmas is extremely high and so too is the price of the iPad, prices start at £429 (16GB Wi-Fi only) to around £699 (64GB Wi-Fi + 3G), I suspect the device will hold its value after Christmas due to the demand.

Acer Tablet – Coming February 2011


Specs (10-inch Version): Windows 7, 10.1-inch Display, front and rear 1.3MP cameras, Wi-Fi, 3G

Acer recently revealed the launch of 3 new products. A 4.8-inch Smartphone, a 7-inch and 10-inch tablets. All three devices look fantastic and we can’t wait to get our hands on them to find out whether the AMD-based tablet can compete with the Intel powered alternatives. As with most Acer devices we would expect the price to be very competitive and so we are left to ponder…Will this be the tablet for the masses?

Dell Inspiron Duo – Reported to be £449 inc VAT

 Reported Specs: Windows 7, 10-inch Display, 2 USB Ports, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Intel Atom N550 CPU, 2BG RAM, estimated 6 to 8 hours battery life.

Dells latest release falls into the Jekyll and Hyde category, part netbook and part tablet. The design is clever and innovative but will it function as good as it looks. From first reports the build quality is sturdy, it’s not as elegant as other tablets available but it’s still light enough to carry around for long periods. We haven’t got our hands on one yet so cannot scrutinise the Inspiron Duo to the extent we would like, as such the outlook for this hybrid is undecided. Dell will have a lot of people to convert to the hybrid way of life but the principles of the idea and design are good, if the design was a little sleeker and the touch screen function more intuitive then they could be onto a winner.

Samsung Galaxy Tab – From £99.99 + £40pm contract

Specs: Android 2.2 (Froyo), 7.0-inch Display, 7 hours battery life (movie play), 3.0MP AF camera, Full HD (1080p) Video Player, 3.5mm Ear Jack & Speaker, 16GB/32GB + MicroSD(Up to 32GB) memory

The Samsung Galaxy Tab was released on November 1st and as the first major Android Tablet release there is a lot of pressure on Samsung to deliver a product that could rival the iPad. It is a very similar price to the iPad and arguably looks just as good with a 7-inch multi-touch screen, supports Adobe Flash, front and back facing cameras, mobile, 3G and Wi-Fi. Initial sales signs are also promising, Samsung have sold over 600,000 units in the first month and aim to hit the 1 million sales mark by the end of the year.

HP Slate – $799 (UK release date not yet announced)

Specs: Windows 7, 8.9-inch Display, 1024×600 resolution, Intel Atom 1.86GHz processor, Crystal HD (1080p), 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD. USB port

At one point during the year it looked as though this product was never going to be released but HP have turned things around and brought us, or more accurately the U.S., one of the most powerful tablets on the market. HP’s Director of Business Notebook Marketing, Carol Hess-Nickels says “It’s really like a full-function PC, it runs Windows, it will run your office applications, it just so happens to be in a slate form factor,”

LG UX10 – (Release date not yet announced)

Prototype Specs: Windows 7, 10.1-inch Display, Intel Atom Z530 processor, 1GB RAM, 7200mAh battery life, micro-HDMI output

The LG UX10 is yet another Windows-based device due for UK release in the coming months. We do not yet know the price or availability at this point but the UX10 does boast a 1.3MP Camera and SD card support on top of the specs mentioned above.

So the tablet market is an exciting place this Christmas and I think 2011 will see this market grow rapidly. I predict that more Microsoft based devices will be released in 2011 than any other tablet OS with Android not far behind. The iPad will have a lot of stiff competition and it will be interesting to see how boundaries are pushed.

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Written by James Hay, Social Media Coordinator at Fasthosts.

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