As we all know nowadays in the technology world, there are few numbers of tablet PC or so-called ‘bigger than my mom’s phone’ device by some. The phenomenon is so vast, we here at Malaysia is among one of the country that is actually being crazy to own and experience it on the first hand the day this gadget comes on life.
There are now numbers of impressive tablets on the market with Apple’s iPad 2, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and RIM’s Playbook leading the rank. Put aside the new HP tablet, Toshiba Tablet, ASUS Eeepad Transformer, Motorola Xoom and even HTC Flyer. Right now what I want to really concentrate is on those 3 tablet that will surely conquer the market and easily sell-able in Malaysia like ‘pisang goreng panas’.
Lets start with the first and most notable tablet or also known as iPad from Apple.Inc. Apple recently introduce iPad 2 for a better entertainment platform with the camera hardware integration and a better processor. It means that iPad 2 now runs faster, few yards better than before. Within this war, Research in Motion has introduced their version of tablet PC too. Introducing Blackberry Playbook, a serious play center and seriously not for business use gadget. In Malaysia, you can get the official Playbook from Maxis. The hype, the rumors and unspecified reviews make Playbook is a wanted item next to iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Last but not least, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The best gadget that is happening in Malaysia next to iPad. This is a truly beautiful and beastly machine. Running Android 3.1, it performs very quickly, and very well. While it doesn’t have the application infrastructure that the iPad 2 has, it was nevertheless able to locate at least one app for pretty much anything I wanted to do. Although often, there wasn’t much of a choice in the marketplace, with many cases of only 1 or 2 apps being available to handle a certain task. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet is the successor to the popular Galaxy Tab.
Apple iPad 2 comes with mere 8.8mm thinner body and sports dual-core 1GHz Apple A5 processor but carries the same 9.7-inch display. Apple iPad 2 is running on latest Apple’s iOS 4.3, on a faster 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor, which provides 6x better speed for the CPU and 9x better speed for the GPU performance. While Playbook uses its own RIM BlackBerry Tablet OS which will offer a full OpenGL and POSIX support alongside with web standards such as HTML5. It runs on A9 dual-core 1GHz chipset, sporting 7” LCD touch display, 1GB RAM, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. For Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, its powered by the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and running on a beefy NVIDIA 1GHz dual-core processor. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v is displayed by its 10.1-inch TFT screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and has 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. It’s also capable of HSPA+ 4G connectivity.
For those who are looking for a countless apps and games, iPad is the one that you are looking for in the market. Apple store provide a massive collection of useful applications and countless fun games, regardless the issues of ‘jail-break’ or not. Listening to music and synchronizing it with iTunes is nothing more than as simple as 1 2 3. With its huge display screen, movies or clips on-the-go are easily enjoyable with iPad 2. No phone call via telco providers (except Skype) features are available in iPad 2, so it is seriously for apps and entertainment use and especially for an Apple fan-boys user.
Blackberry Playbook is for users who wanted the elegance of sophisticated looks but having a good times behind this gadget at the same time. Seriously, with the name of Playbook, it is not intended for business usage. Even with its limited application available in the RIM marketplace, however I’m sure there will be plenty of useful applications and fun games that has already available in their marketplace. The screen is not as big as Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2, video playback is the last option to go with this device. It handles music pretty good according to some reviews and with certain application like Blackberry Protect, data backup and synchronization is easier. Web browsing is better with the supported Flash plug-ins and fast performance even when it is used with another applications. Multi-tasking is the strength of Playbook.
And lastly Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 id for the true total entertainment users. Its equip with full features such as music playback, video application, faster web browsing and flash support, blazing good camera quality, apps and games availability in the marketplace and GPS. A true overall device that can actually make phone calls like a normal phone and having business and pleasure at the same time. Galaxy Tab 10.1 is recommended to those who are intended to play harder, and exploring better.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
iPad 2 is available in Malaysia in most Apple’s re-seller stores. The price range is between RM1899 – RM2499 depending on the various model and accessories offered. While Blackberry Playbook is already available in Malaysia with commonly comes in two package, the 32GB and 64GB set. The price range is varies between these two storage specification and accessories. The price starts from RM1899 to RM1299. And lastly is the SamsungGalaxy Tab 10.1 that has officially available in Malaysia market with the current two model and a different price range of course. 16GB in the price range of RM1799 to RM1999 depending on the various accessories and the 32GB model comes with the price tag of RM2099 to RM2399.