Some interesting new Android tablets are hitting the market including a business-oriented device from Viewsonic that runs dual operating systems, and a more family-oriented 7-inch device from Acer. Meanwhile, Dell has decided to stop producing the Streak, but will continue to support Android and develop new, larger tablets.
Viewsonic ViewPad 10pro
With plans to ship later this month, Viewsonic’s latest tablet runs both Android Gingerbread 2.3 and Windows 7. The ViewPad 10pro is aimed at business users, with an OS for work and another for play. There’s some notable hardware to run this dual-personality tablet, including Intel’s 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor, a 1024x600 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch screen LCD with LED backlighting, and support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and EDR. There’s an HDMI port, microSD slot and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. With two versions, the 32GB model is priced at $699, while the 16GB, featuring Windows 7 Home Premium (versus Professional) will cost you $599.
With the first 7-inch tablet to run the latest version of Android Honeycomb 3.2, the Acer Iconica Tab A100 is looking to revolutionize the current tablet market. Its smaller design is aimed at moms and kids, offering a more compact version of the 10-inch tablet. The A100 is priced right, with all versions coming in under $350, but do the specs live up to the hype? The tablet offers a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and Wi-Fi support. There is a microSD slot to expand memory at will, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, and an HDMI port. Overall, Acer’s done pretty well given the price point, which varies between $330 and $350 for the 8GB and 16GB model respectively.
Dell Streak 5 deadpooled
One great thing about Android Honeycomb 3.2 is that it’s optimized for varied screen sizes across the varied tablets now hitting the market. Ten-inch and 7-inch tablets seem to be the most popular sizes, as the 5-inch Dell Streak gets thrown to the wayside. Less than an inch larger than most Android smartphones, the Dell Streak 5 had low resolution, ran Android 1.6 (but eventually got updated to 2.2), and cost more than most new smartphones on the market. Too little, too late. Dell’s still dedicated to the Android platform, however, with plans to focus on 7- and 10-inch tablets in the future.