Android Tablet PCs are wonderful – however it is important to do some homework before buying one.
Before one buys a US$99.00 Tablet PC or even one for US $120.00 make sure that you look at the specifications. Some Tablet PCs come with slow processors, some as slow as 300 MHz with 128 MB of RAM. This will not give you the experience of an Apple iPhone or even some cellphones!
I have personally tested Tablet PCs 533 MHz CPU and 128 MB of RAM. Although this will pass for an eBook reader, it will not be the best choice to watch movies or for video streaming.
From my experience, Android Tablets come in the following classifications (as shown below)
Good: Entry Level aPads come with processor speeds of less than 533Mhz, 128 MB RAM and 2 GB Internal Hard Drive Excellent for reading ebooks. Most Tablets Pcs in this catergory will have Android OS 1.5 – 1.9.The good news here is that the price point is slightly less than the OEM ebook readers.
Better: This category of aPads come with processor speeds from 533MHz to 900 Mhz, 256MB RAM and and 2 GB Internal Hard Drive. Excellent for internet browsing, watching movies on Youtube and note taking.
Best: These aPads are usually 10 inch, but there are some powerful 7″ apads out there that compete with the Apple iPads. Any iPad with at least 1GHz (1024MHz), 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal drive with Android 2.1 or higher are considered the ones to get if you are a serious mutlimedia user. Watching HD movies is a wonderful experience on these devices.
I did not put any price points for these classifications because the cost will always drop as new products are released.
On a final note, it is important to determine your needs before selecting the right desktop, laptop or tablet pc. Android aPads, like the iPad or any other tablet will not support all the applications out there, but it is increasing getting better by the day.