10 New iPad/iPad 3 alternatives to buy in 2012
9th Mar 2012 | 12:25
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Joining the Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, the 8.9-inch tablet is impossibly thin at only 0.33 inches (8.4mm), and manages to squeeze in the same impressive Tab 10.1 screen into the smaller device. Under the hood, the new Tab's packing a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage with battery life said to last a very reasonable 10 hours of video playback. Video calling is made possible with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and Video/Photo capabilities are handled by a 3-megapixel snapper on the back with LED flash. Is this the perfect tablet size? It may well be.
Price: £360 (16GB), £450 (32GB) I Samsung
Love: Great screen. Good battery. Slightly lower prices.
Hate: Wi-Fi connectivity only. Doesn’t charge via USB. Few optimised apps, as with all Android tablets.
T3 Says: A very good Android tablet, made even better with the equally excellent keyboard dock (£55)
Love:Strong build quality. Fast. Decent camera.
Hate: Screen quality lags behind its rivals’.
T3 Says: The Xoom was the first tablet to arrive with Honeycomb OS, but its relatively poor screen let it down. Maybe the upcoming Xoom 2 can improve things…
Viewsonic Viewpad 7X
Love: Compact, seven-inch slate that packs an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, giving cracking gaming.
Hate Three of your home pages can’t be customised.
T3 Says: A surprisingly powerful and refreshingly compact tablet at a very tasty price.
Asus Eee Slider
Love: Look, a slide-out QWERTY! You also get Polaris software included for Office on the go, and a powerful Tegra 2 processor At almost 1kg, it’s a rather hefty proposition.
Hate: At almost 1kg, it's a rather hefty proposition.
T3 Says:The Slider is made for the office, but it’s no bore. Games and HD films are handled well.