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Tablet Computer Wars Heating Up

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Category: Hardware Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Acer, Leader Move In on iPad's Territory 

I'm about to fall prey to an Apple trap -- trying to compare a couple of Android-based tablets to the infamous iPad.

Alas, we all know that Apple has set the standard in tablet computing and has become King of the Hill when it comes to these portable devices. Computer graveyards are filled with carcasses of challengers. But a few have survived the battle.

Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to play with Apple's greatest foe for the tablet PC market -- Samsung's Galaxy Tab. But there are a couple of others that may be worth considering.

The Iconia Tab A500 ($449) from Acer is a sleek, fast tablet computer that uses the new Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system. Unlike Android 2.3 (which is the latest Android operating system for smartphones), Honeycomb was developed to run exclusively on tablet computers.

The Iconia is a bit heavier than the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab, weighing in at 1.69 pounds, but that may be due to its built-in high-end stereo speakers and the inclusion of an USB 2.0 port, which can't be found on Apple's product.

As with all of the tablet computers I've played with, the Iconia was a snap to set up. All I needed to do was connect it to my wireless network and I was ready to go.

The Iconia also boasts a 1 gigahertz NVIDIA Tegra dual core processor, which makes it a bit faster than many of its competitors.

Also, there was no delay when swiping from screen to screen. Response time when tapping on icons was also extremely fast. This, alone, is worth the $449 price tag.

Unlike many of the other Android tabs, the Iconia gives you access to the whole Android Marketplace, which means Angry Birds is just one click away!

Other key features include:

  • A five megapixel front facing camera with a flash and a two megapixel webcam.
  • Adobe Flash compatibility.
  • A 10.1-inch multi-touch display.
  • It can be used to play 1080p HD video files or movies.
  • 1 GB of dual-core memory and 16 GB of storage.
  • One USB 2.0 port and a micro USB port.
  • A micro HDMI port.
  • A Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and built-in Wi-Fi.
  • Dolby Advanced Audio v2 and HD audio support.
  • A micro SD card slot.
  • Up to eight hours of "play time" on a single charge.

For more information, check out the company's website at http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/iconia-home.

The Impression 10 tablet ($349) from Leader International didn't fare as well -- and I really didn't expect it to.

The I10 runs on the Android 2.3 operating system, which means it has ported over smartphone technology to a tablet interface. This also limits what it can -- and cannot -- run.

The theory here was to develop a tablet computer that was more affordable than the competition. But, with that, the I10 sacrifices a bit in response time and the number of aps it can deliver through its modified marketplace (no cribbage or free Angry Birds).

Although the I10 is a bit heavier than other tablets, it's a hair lighter than the Acer, weighing 0.8 pounds. But there's a good reason for it. This baby is LOADED with ports including two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 mini port, a micro SD card slot and a headphone port. It also boasts two built-in speakers.

Leader also cut costs by using older technology by installing a Samsung 1 gigahertz processor and only giving the I10 four gigabytes of internal storage capacity. It also only comes with 512 megabytes of memory.

That said, it can also be argued that the I10 has set the standard for budget tablet computers.

Other key features include:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility.
  • A 9.7-inch touchscreen.
  • A 2 megapixel camera.
  • Up to six hours of "play time" on a single charge.
  • Adobe Flash compatibility.

Go to Leader's Impression 10 website at www.leaderinternationalinc.com/impression/index.php for more information.

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