Tablet computers have been a runaway hit ever since the Apple’s iPad was launched in January, 2010. It was that time, when other electronics manufacturers realized the potential of tablet computers and started scrambling for their own Tablet PCs. Starting from the apple’s iPad to the cheap replicas of it by the Chinese and Korean counterparts; today, tablet computers galore in the market. It is, therefore, obvious to have difficulty in deciding which one to buy. This article aims to list out the top 5 tablet computers within $500 for 2012.
Do you know that Apple’s iPad is the fastest selling gadget in the world? Priced at $499, apple iPad is clearly the best tablet computer for a price of below $500 and that is why, it enjoys more than 70 percent market share of all the tablets sold in the world. With a 9.7 inch HD display screen, the iPad runs on the apple’s 1GHz dual core A5 processor.
It carries a 512 MB of RAM which is rather on the lower side as higher end tablets; these days have 1 GB of it. All said, the iPad still is pretty fast and most of heavy applications run without any lag. In terms of internal storage memory, iPad 2 is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB versions.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1 inch Super PLS display screen, a 1 GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. Running on the latest android 3.1 Honeycomb, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently the best android tablet in the world.
It has an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash support and a 2 MP front camera, for the video calls. Although the hunt for the iPad killer is still on, Samsung Galaxy Tab comes as the toughest competitor for apple in the tablet market. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now available for $499.
Next in our list is the Blackberry Playbook which was released by Research in Motion on April 19, 2011. The Playbook carries a 7-inch display having a resolution of 1024×600 and runs on a Cortex A9 dual-core processor that is complemented well with the 1GB RAM support.
It has 5MP rear camera that and 3MP front camera, both capable of capturing 1080p video. It supports HD video playbook and also carries a micro HDMI port for HDMI video output. Playbook comes with a standard storage capacity that is 16GB. However 32GB and 64 GB versions are also available at a higher cost. Blackberry Playbook’s price has been reduced to $199 to boost its sales.
Toshiba Thrive carries a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM and runs on android’s Honeycomb 3.1. Thrive carries a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, both capable of taking 720p videos. Thrive’s best feature yet, is the SD card slot, that is absent in most other tablets.
Then, you have the HDMI for connecting the tablet with your HDTV and the USB ports allow you to connect Pen drive exactly the same way you do with your Laptops and PCs. Toshiba Thrive’s 8 GB version is available for a price of $430.
Sony’s foray into the tablet world starts with the Sony Tablet S which has an impressive 1 GHz Nvidia dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of memory storage. It runs on the Honeycomb 3.1 android and features a display screen that is 9.4 inch long on its diagonal.
Despite being one of the pioneers in digi-cam market, Sony’s tablet has been provided with a rather lower end configuration when it comes to the cameras. It carries a 5 MP rear camera and just a VGA front one. Best part of Sony Tablet S is that it is the first PlayStation certified tablet so in a way, a perfect tablet for avid gamers. Sony Tablet S is available for a price of $500.
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