What is a Tablet ?

If you are still struggling to understand what really a smartphone is, be prepared it will be the same mess with Tablets!

Is it a device with a 5” display and 3G connectivity? Or a 10” display device with a 200GB hard disk and just WiFi connectivity ?

How can we compare these 2 tablet devices ?

Manufacturer Dell Asus
Name Streak EeePad EP121
GPS A-GPS No
Battery Capacity (mAh) 1 530 4900
Surf usage time (h) 10 4,5
Technology Li-Ion Io-Po
Primary Camera (MP) 5 2
Camera Autofocus Yes No
Secondary (MP) 1,3 No
2G Network 850/900/1800/1900 No
3G Network 850/1900/2100 No
HSDPA 7,20 No
HSUPA 5,76 No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR 3.0
USB 2.0 / proprietary connector 2.0 / 2 x USB
HDMI No Mini-HDMI
DLNA No Yes
Ethernet No 10/100 Mbps
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon Intel Core I5
CPU Speed (GHz) 1 1,33
Display Resolution (pixels) 800 x 480 1280 x 800
Display Size (inches) 5 12,1
Display Size (cm) 12,70 30,73
Display MutliTouch Yes
Internal memory (GB) 2,5 SSD 32
Card slot microSD SD / MS / MMC
RAM(MB) 512 2048
OS Android Windows
OS version 1.6 7 Home Premium 64 Bits
Upgradable to 2.2 N/A
Text input Standard Detachable physical keyboard / Stylus
SAR US W/kg (head) 0,725 N/A
SAR EU W/kg (head) 0,45 N/A
Accelerometer Yes No
Proximity sensor Yes No
Digital compass Yes No
Ambient light sensor Yes No
Dimensions (mm) 152,9 x 79,1 x 9,98 312 x 207.2 x 16.95
Weight (g) 220 1160

The market balances between these two extremes, mobile and PC industries coliding!

I would exclude from the definition all the Tablet PCs featuring a stylus as the only input method. My definition of tablets would be based on the common features which are (as of today):

  • a primary input method based on fingers and touchscreen (no stylus)
  • a 5”+ display
  • an OS featuring at least one SDK to develop applications

I believe this definition is stable enough to include the coming products of this nascent market.

Manufacturer HTC Dell
Name Flyer Inspiron Duo
GPS Yes No
Primary (MP) 5 1,3
Secondary (MP) 1,3 No
2G Network 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 No
3G Network 900 / 2100 No
HSDPA Yes No
HSUPA Yes No
WLAN Wifi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 + A2DP 3.0 Option
Infrared port No No
USB 2.0 / micro USB 2.0 / 2 x USB
CPU Arm Intel Atom N550
CPU Speed (GHz) 1,5 1,5
Resolution (pixels) 1024 x 600 1366 x 768
Size (inches) 7,0 10,1
Size (cm) 17,78 25,65
MutliTouch Yes
Internal (GB) 32 250 HD
Card slot Micro SD No
RAM(MB) 1024 2048
OS Android Windows
OS version 2.3 7 Home Premium 32 Bits
Text input Virtual Keyboard Physical keyboard
Accelerometer Yes No
Proximity sensor No No
Digital compass Yes No
Ambient light sensor Yes No
Barometer No No
Dimensions (mm) 122 x 195.4 x 13.2 285 x 28.7 x 194.5
Weight (g) 420 1540
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