During my trip to Linaro Connect 2012q1 I want to buy Android tablet for myself. But this time I decided to spend more time on choosing one to not end with crap like Hannspree Hannspad which I bought half year ago.
Also situation on market changed. There are cheap tablets worth checking but there are also cheap crappy ones. So let me list what I checked so far.
|Kindle Fire||Nook Tablet||Archos 80 G9 Classic||Archos 80 G9 Turbo|
|RAM size||512MB||1GB||512MB||512MB 1|
|internal storage||8GB||16GB 2||8GB||16GB|
|CPU||OMAP4430 1GHz||OMAP4430 1GHz||OMAP4430 1GHz||OMAP4460 1.5GHz 3|
|stock Android version||2.3 customized||2.3 customized||3.2 (4.0 in February)||3.2 (4.0 in February)|
|community Android version||4.0||4.0||not checked||not checked|
|locked bootloader||no||yes (hacked)||no||no|
As you see my requirements are more or less simple:
- dual core cpu (arm7)
- 512MB ram (1GB preferred)
- 1024×600 (or higher) resolution
- 7-8″ screen size (I had 10″ and it was too big)
- price below 300USD
During CES many vendors presented new tablets but I think that most of them will be released in Q2 or later. ASUS MeMo 370T looks nice for 250USD but it is not on market.
And I do not want 3G module in tablet — my phone has over 10GB of data limit to use for next months and so far I was not able to consume 1GB per month :)
Have I missed some devices? If yes then please share information in comments. Just remember that I do not want any of those NotionAdam/Viewsonic/Hannspad ones.