For the current set of Tablets the iPad is the clear winner in every category, which is somewhat surprising considering it was the first Tablet to launch and the one that later competitors knew they had to beat – but as of yet none have succeeded.
The competition has shipped displays with smaller viewing angles, lower pixel density, smaller gamuts, higher reflectance and in the case of the Transformer a lower bit depth, rendering a dithered 18-bit image. The Xoom costs, at their lowest prices, $300 more than the iPad 2, and yet has ranked the worst of the three tablets reviewed.
How does this happen? How do you review a competitor’s product and decide not to match them on quality or price? This is simply reinforcing my belief that there is no tablet market, merely an iPad market.
As an aside: the iPad’s gamut is nothing to write home about, which has already caused us problems with the dark scenes in CreaVures. Why are mobile gamuts so damn narrow, anyway?
Cortex A9 processor, Tegra 2 graphics chip, 2GB system storage, Android 2.1 shipping … the specs are there, but here’s my big worry with Android tablets: remember what iOS did when it released the iPad? A scad of new tablet-targeted metaphors. You had sidebars, contextual pop-outs, strict any-oritentation policies … these things are really what made the system. Android, rightfully, is worried about surpassing and matching iOS in the phone space right now, and I don’t believe they’ve taken the time to properly introduce metaphors that take advantage of the larger screen size of a tablet. Don’t get me wrong, I bet Twidroid will look stunning on the A1011, but will it take advantage of the extra screen real-estate in the way that Twitteriffic for the iPad does?