It’s tablet time! It’s tablet time! See, I can still pretend to get excited about Android tablets even though it seems about a dozen more or less ho-hum offerings drop every week. Do any of the following offer a glimmer of hope?
This Viewsonic 10-inch tablet is probably the most exciting from our list today, though things get confusing quick. The tablet is available for $379.99 from Sears, but while this thing appears to be the ViewPad 10, the listed specs state otherwise. Most notably the suggestion that this tab will have a single OS on it rather than a dual-boot between Android 1.6 and Windows 7. But with the single OS being listed as Android 2.2 and a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, front-facing camera, and 1024×600 10.1-inch screen for less than 400 bucks this thing seems like an awesome deal.
Next up we have the Elonix e-Touch tablet in 7-inch and 10-inch varieties. The specs here aren’t amazing but the pricing isn’t bad at all. The 7-inch carries Android 1.6 and will be available for £97 at ASDA and £90 at Toy ‘R’ Us in the UK. The 10-inch gets Android 2.1 and will retail for £150. at Toys ‘R’ Us.
Finally, Creative is also launching 7- and 10-inch tablets under the Ziio name. Both sizes will run Android 2.1 and be available in multiple memory configurations. Both feature front-facing cameras and extended media support. A major drawback is that all versions of the Ziio feature resistive screens. The 7-inch version retails for £199 for 8GB and £219 for 16GB and the 10-inch goes for £249 at 8GB and £269 at 16GB. US pricing wasn’t revealed, but do some quick conversions and you can get a rough idea. The Ziio is available now through Creative’s online store.