Well, the competition is getting more fierce, as within two to three months of time the stupendous efforts from OEMs have resulted in announcement of three low cost affordable tablets from the most trusted brands in the tablet space.
The three major devices announced were :
- Kindle Fire by Amazon
- IdeaPad A1 by Lenovo
- Nook Tablet by Barnes and Noble
Both IdeaPad A1 and Kindle Fire costs $199, while Nook tablet costs $249. From the hardware spec point of view all the three devices carry almost the same configurations with slight feature additions on some of the devices.
Operating System :
Both IdeaPad and Nook runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). But Kindle Fire runs on a customized Android version by Amazon.
Screen Dimension :
All of the three devices sport 7-inch capacitive touch display, with 1024*600 resolution.
Nook, and Kindle Fire uses In Place Switching technology to support wide viewing angle.
All of the three devices are equipped with Texas Instruments OMAP 1GHz Processor. But just the processor on IdeaPad is not duel core.
Nook tablet hosts a powerful 1 GB of RAM, while kindle fire and IdeaPad has 512 MB of RAM.
kindle fire - 8 GB internal, and no expandable memory.
IdeaPad and Nook - Both have 16GB internal storage, and expandable memory upto 16 GB.
Blutooth Support :
Only Lenovo IdeaPad supports Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR and none of the other two tablets support any version of the bluetooth. This gives an upper hand to IdeaPad in the competition.
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) is available on all of these three devices.
The only feature which make these three devices take a back seat is the lack of 3G support. Basically these devices doesn't have a SIM slot at all.
Though few variants of IdeaPad has 3G support, it boosts up the price as well.
Available on all the three devices. 802.11 standards.
I would like to stop at this point, as this is not a complete product review. I just wanted to touch upon the important hardware specs as mentioned above. These devices have marked beginning of a new era in tablet space. However this is just the beginning as the tablet business is picking up no wonder there would be other players venturing into this business.