Which Tablet PC To Buy In Malaysia ?

Brand Model OS Web Pricing Desc Links Remarks
Apple iPad 2 iOS Safari web browser RM1,549 to RM2,599 Dual core A5 chip, Dual camera, Facetime, smart cover, fantastic graphics, games, App store, 10 hours of battery life, light weightedURL It is Apple. Use iPad for drawing
BlackBerry Playbook Blackberry Table OS Web browser supports Adobe Flash Player 10, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML 5. Unknown Tablet for business with multi tasking capabilities and games. Lightweight design, long battery life, 1GB RAM, Dual HD cameras, WiFi, 7" LCD multi-touch display, 1 GHz Dual Core,Micro USB and Micro HDMI ports URL I think the GUI looks really fantastic, much better than Android platform, rich application ecosystem, supports Java, business oriented
HTC Flyer Android Firefox, Chrome RM2,499 7" touch screen, HTC's Sense interface, pressure sensitive stylus that takes advantage of HTC's Scribe technology to draw, write and paint on the device,powerful note taking tool which gives users the ability to highlight notes and link audio cues to notes URL Good emphasize on notes' taking capability
Acer Iconia Tab W500 Windows 7 Tablet Internet Explorer RM1,69910.1in LED backlit touchscreen (1,280 x 800-pixels) that supports finger touch and auto screen orientation, dockable keyboard,Dual camera, AMD C-50 (1GHz) processor URL Windows platform, dockable keyboards, lower price
AsusTek EEE Pad Transformer Android Firefox and Chrome RM1,600 10.1in screen, dockable keyboards, Dual camera, NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 1.0 GHz dual core CPU,ASUS' Waveshare, ASUS' Sync URL Lower cost
Creative Ziio Android Firefox and Chrome RM999 7" screen, ZiiLab ZMS 08 HD Media Rich Applications processor, supports wireless audio streaming to Bluetooth speakers and headphones, Creative's ZiiSound D5 wireless speakers or WP-300 wireless headphones URL For Creative fans and music enthusiasts
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android Firefox and Chrome RM2,699 on retail market price. However in partnering with Maxis the price will be RM1,849 come with 12 month contract and RM1,749 for 24 month contract with respective plan package 1GHz Dual core processor, 4.27 in WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen, Dual camera, HD recording ­capabilities URL Quite popular in Malaysia currently
Motorola Xoom Android Firefox and Chrome RM2,430 10" HD widescreen, Dual camera, 1 GHz Dual Core processor, USB 2.0 Support, HDMI video output and Micro USB, GPS supports URL I actually like the accessories available
HP/Palm TouchPad HP webOS Web browser supports Adobe Flash Player 10, HTML 5. RM2,430 9.7 inch XGA capacitive, supports Microsoft® Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology, supports GPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon dual CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz, Supports USB URL Very one of its kind, does it support Windows application ?
MSI WindPad Windows® 7 Starter Internet Explorer RM1,899 10.1in ­widescreen, Intel Menlow platform with an Intel Atom Z530 ­processor, dual camera, supports USB and mini MDMI output URL Lower cost, Microsoft Windows based

The tablet PC war has began.

Will there be a possibility of formation of third category ? Currently there are the Apple and Non-apple tablets categories.

Conclusions:
  • All tablets support WiFi, otherwise it defeats the purpose. The basic idea of a tablet PC is to have instant access to Internet.
  • Not all tablet supports dual camera.
  • All tablets will have some sort of application to support scribing and drawing. Some may have writings' recognition technology.
  • For Android devices, almost all manufacturers enhance extended features to increase unique selling proposition or to create differentiation.
  • All tablets will have support for multi-tasking due to the OS platform.
  • Not all tablets deployed dual-core processors.

What about video output ?
  • iPad supports video output via extension of its 30-pin dock connector port
  • Playbook and Xoom have support for HDMI output
  • But I think that as long as it supports USB, there will be a compatible USB accessories which will support USB output (eventually)
Apps:

I would expect Blackberry Playbook and Android based devices to have a sea of software applications including games as much as what iPad's AppStore has to offer.

Impressive:

I think Blackberry Playbook and Motorola Xoom are the most impressive ones, couple with good marketing and information. Playbook has the upper hand on the business community market while Xoom has the advantage of being in the so-called open source market.


My choice, my needs ?

I am actually looking at a 7" wide screen tablet PC to replace my paper based notepad, for scribing and drawings (of notes and ideas).

Looks like all of the devices can support some forms of scribing and drawing, with HTC Flyer particularly focusing on this application.

I am also looking at a device which can support some forms of Window based application such as ppstream and pps.tv which I think Firefox compatible devices will be able to do that, so it has to be Android based devices.

Well looks like with current standing, I will go for Xoom as my first choice.

But I think cost is also very important factor to decide on.

Funny Names:

Some of the model have funny names. I think the best name would be iPad, Galaxy and Xoom.

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