Top New Android Tablets 2011: Pick of the Best

We have seen some fantastic devices launched at CES and MWC 2011 and have already given you our selection of some of the best Android phones that are due for release over the next few months. Now we thought we’d turn our attention to tablet devices as there are some really great Android tablets coming up that could viably compete against the next-generation iPad, the iPad 2, due to be released shortly using Apple’s iOS.

We’ve gleaned this information from our many articles about all the upcoming tablets along with some details from an article over on Laptop by Mark Spoonauer and it’s intended to be a roundup of 5 of the best on offer. We’ve also included links to some of our posts about the various tablets we’ve chosen so that you can read more on each. We’re well aware that you may not agree with all of the tablets that we’ve selected as some of the best so feel free to mention any more to us that you think are impressive.

1 – The HTC Flyer will be released in the second quarter of 2011 running Android 2.4. It’s a 7-inch tablet with the clever addition of a pressure-sensitive stylus. The Flyer also has an impressive 1.5GHz dual-core processor and features the OnLive gaming feature.

2 – Another of our picks has to be the LG G-Slate, which is due in March and will be one of the first tablets to run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, an operating system specifically devised for tablets. This tablet which is known overseas as the LG Pad, will be available on T-Mobile and its unique feature is 3D, as in the recent LG Optimus 3D smartphone. You can not only record 3D film using the G-Slate but also play it back on the 8.9-inch screen although you will need to wear special glasses for viewing. It’s powered by a Tegra 2 processor and is 4G with front-facing camera and also HDMI output.

3 – We couldn’t leave out the Motorola Xoom, which is possibly the first of these devices that we heard about. This will be the very first tablet to come out using Android 3.0 Honeycomb and is due out very shortly now. The Xoom will be coming to Verizon and the many impressive features include multitasking and interactive widgets. The Xoom has a Tegra 2 dual-core processor and a 10.1-inch display, perfect for those who want a larger screen.

4 – The next Samsung Galaxy Tab has also just been revealed called the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to suit the screen size. This will also run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb and also has the Tegra 2 processor. It has a textured reverse for easy gripping and is very light weighing only 1.2 pounds. There’s also an 8-megapixel rear camera for 1080p video capture, as well as a 2-megapixel front facing camera. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is due for release in March for Europe and Asia and sometime after that for the U.S., but no date has been confirmed yet.

5 – Last in our pick of Android tablets is the Toshiba tablet which so far has not been named. This is due in Spring 2011, again has that Tegra 2 processor and also features a 10-inch display with Resolution Plus Technology. This features a clever EasyGrip and will be available in 5 colors. It has been seen demonstrating Android 2.2 but should be running Android 3.0 on release.

We’re pretty sure that you will find any of these tablets impressive but of course in the end it all comes down to personal taste and also price. We hope we’ve given you an idea of some good alternatives to Apple’s iPad 2, especially as more and more of you are becoming Android fans. What are your thoughts on our pick of the best tablets and if you have any suggestions for other Android tablets that you think could be included among the best then let us know with your comments.