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The Android Tablet Ecosystem In A Nutshell


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									Since Apple recently announced that the latest iPad will soon be hitting
the shelves, it's worth taking a moment to look at the competing tablets
currently available. The Android tablet universe is thriving, and offers
a thousand and one alternatives to the iPad that are in many cases just
as good if not better. Consumers are starting to slowly realize this,
although getting a handle on what Android has to offer can be confusing.
Here's a quick synopsis of the state of the Android tablet at present.

Overview of the Ecosystem

Like Apple's iOS, Android is merely an operating system that's installed
on a variety of devices. Unlike iOS, Android is more open due to the fact
that it's based on the Linux kernel. Since its entrance into the tablet
marketplace, Android has exploded and can now be found on many different
kinds of tablet PCs. At present, the most up to date version is Android
4.0, aka "Ice Cream Sandwich". Most tablets nowadays run Android 3.0
"Gingerbread", which is the tablet-optimized version of the operating

Benefits and Advantages

The main advantage of an Android tablet is the same one shared by smart
phones using the OS, which is to say that Google's mobile operating
system offers choice in large amounts. Android can be installed on a
number of different form factors, whereas a tablet version of iOS can be
found only on an iPad. While the iPad is a fine device, it offers only
one strict set of specifications and features. Android tablets come in
all shapes and sizes, including folding models and hybrid tablet-notebook

Some Choice Models

Let's get down to brass tacks and mention a few notable Android tablets
that can and should give the iPad a run for its money. The Motorola Xoom
is a 10.1-inch powerhouse that boasts up to 64 GB of storage space, a
dual-core 1.0 GHz CPU and a 5 MP camera. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is
another popular Android model that boasts a powerful Nvidia Tegra 2
processor, loads of storage space and plenty of innovative features.
Android tablets also include smaller models like the Kindle Fire and the
Asus Memo 370T that are more compact and convenient while offering the
same performance as larger devices.

Final Word

Though the Apple PR machine has been doing its best to downplay Android
tablets, the truth is that many models offer a user experience that's
equal to the iPad at a lower price. In some cases, Android tablets
actually surpass Apple's flagship tablet in terms of performance and
versatility. Though they got off to a slow start and still trail the iPad
when it comes to market share, tablets are poised to explode in the
coming year. Regardless of what you're looking for in a tablet, chances
are good that there's an Android tablet out there that suits your needs

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