Tested: The Five Best Android 3.1 Tablets (Tom's Guide)

Tom's Guide Senior Editor Devin Connors looks at five of the best Android Honeycomb (3.X) tablets currently available. Tested hardware includes the Acer Iconia Tab A500, Asus Eee Transformer, Lenovo IdeaPad K1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE, and the Toshiba Thrive.

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dconnors1869d ago

150 degrees and no approvals? Is it that hard to click a button? :-D

Speed-Racer1869d ago

Please do not ask for approvals.

mcstorm1868d ago

I still think out of all the tablets the xoom is the best on re market followed by the galaxy 10.1

KwietStorm1867d ago

The xoom is glitchy. It's also fat next to the galaxy tab.

mcstorm1867d ago

Ive never had one problem with my xoom and yes the xoom is a little thicker then the samsung but not by alot and fits in your hands fine and the xoom has hdmi out and memmory card slot as well as being native android it will always get the updates before the other devices just link the nexus.

Blaine1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

Author is seriously biased against Toshiba's tablet. It's got more I/O options than the others, and isn't any less good in any other category than the ultimate of subjective ones: looks. A rubberized exterior is great for avoiding fingerprints, scratches, and is better for falls. As for the extra heft and thickness, you wouldn't notice them if you set the tablet down or use a stand, and I think its design is among the most appealing of the bunch (leave it to Acer to make something out of aluminum look ugly). Also, no mention of the price, which is probably below that of the others.

I don't own Toshiba's tablet, nor am I particularly a fan of their products, but I hate to see a product be unfairly bashed. (To be completely honest, I have my eye on Sony's S1--now the Tablet S.)

dconnors1866d ago

Thanks for reading the article!

There are two tablets with very similar I/O in this roundup: The Toshiba Thrive and the Iconia Tab A500. The Thrive has full-size SD and HDMI, and dual USB ports (full-size and mini), while the A500 has very similar options in micro HDMI, micro SD, USB and micro USB.

High-speed Micro SD cards are much cheaper now, as are HDMI to micro HDMI cables. So nit-picking aside, these tablets offer you (nearly) the same I/O experience.

Ultimately the A500 is a better choice because it comes in a sleeker package and it has a camera with flash.