Top 10 Most Anticpated Tablets For 2011

It’s about that time folks – the time to run down the Top 10 tablets that we’re expecting to see in 2011. Now that the flood gates on this year’s wave of high-powered tablets aimed at the heart of Apple’s iPad, we know more about what 2011 will bring us in the tablet space. We previously showed you which tablets to look for in our top tablet countdown, but with all the recently announced hardware, we decided to add an extra five spots to the list.

Whether it’s Android OS, webOS, iOS, or QNX, the new generation of tablets is surely going to please.

10. HTC Scribe

Yeah, we know, we don’t know much about this device right now. But, it still deserves a spot on this list, albeit the last spot (due to incomplete specs and availability info). HTC does some remarkable work with their hardware, and if they dive into the tablet market, we wouldn’t expect anything less than an extraordinary tablet. One thing we’ll love to see from this tablet is a tablet-optimized version of the Sense UI, which runs atop Android OS. We can expect to see things like an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core chipset, 1280 x 720 resolution, 2 GB of internal memory, a 32 GB micro SD card, and  a handful of more features. Until we hear more about the Scribe, it’ll sit at number 10 for now.

9. Acer Iconia A500

Acer’s upcoming Honeycomb tablet looks like it will be pack quite the punch with a 10.1 inch display, Intel Sandy Bridge processor, Verizon 4G LTE support, HDMI port and 1080p video out. Acer touts this tablet as the perfect gamer’s device, and the hardware onboard would certainly support that statement. There’s no official release date for this tablet, but we can expect it sometime in the very near future as Verizon begins to ramp up their LTE network in the coming months. Even Acer’s Froyo tablets are very nice, and I’d pick one up before the Galaxy Tab any day, even without the Android Market.

8. Toshiba Tablet

Way to step it up, Toshiba. We caught a glimpse of this device at a party during CES, and we were very impressed with the hardware. The device was running Froyo, but we’ll see this thing running Honeycomb once it actually ships. This powerfully-spec’d tablet comes with a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 5 megapixel camera on the back, and a 2 megapixel camera on the front for video-chatting. The unnamed tablet also sports a full-sized SD card slot, HDMI port, 1080p HD video output. The backing of the tablet uses a rubberized material, called EasyGrip, which will also be replaceable. You can also replace the battery in this device as well, just in case you’re a power user. One thing is for sure, this tablet is no Folio.

7. Dell Streak 7

Dell has had the Streak available a while now, with lackluster results. This year, it looks like the computer maker is stepping up their game with the upcoming Dell Streak 7 tablet. Expected to hit T-Mobile in the near future, The Streak 7 is a 7 inch (WVGA resolution), Android 2.2 tablet that sports HSPA+, and may sit nicely next to the G-Slate as a smaller, more portable alternative. The Streak 7 tablet comes with a 5 megapixel camera on the back, and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video chatting. Along with most of the other tablets on this list, the Streak 7 will ship with NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core chipset, making it more than capable of handling virtually any media you throw at it. We’re glad to see Dell is taking the tablet market seriously now, and hopefully we’ll see the Streak 7 get bumped up to Honeycomb soon after its release.

6. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung’s Hummingbird processor not fast enough for you? That’s OK, as Samsung will soon be bringing us a dual-core version of their 7 inch Android tablet. While we may see another Tegra 2 in the tablet, there’s also a chance that we may see Samsung’s own dual-core Orion chipset onboard. Samsung has their ARM Cortex A9-based Orion chip in the works, but it’s looking likely that it won’t be ready in time for the likes of the Galaxy Tab 2. Another thing to look forward to on the Galaxy Tab 2 is that is just may ship with Samsung’s popular Super AMOLED display, giving it a crisp and clear experience throughout. Since we’ve seen what Honeycomb brings to the tablet, we’re sure everyone will be more than disappointed if this tablet shipped with anything less than Honeycomb. Rumored to be announced at Mobile World Congress next month, it sounds like we may be hearing more about this tablet very soon.

5. BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM’s very first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, is shaping up to be quite the powerhouse. Many were doubting that RIM could bring a quality tablet to market, but they have done just that, and the Playbook is a great device that could even appeal to non-enterprise users. This 7 inch tablet also comes with a dual-core CPU, but it’s from Texas Instruments, and not NVIDIA this time around. In addition to its multi-core CPU, the Playbook also sports 1 GB of RAM,  HDMI port, 1080p HD video playback, and a handful of other features you’d expect from a quality tablet. Shipping with Sprint’s 4G under the hood, the Playbook will fly in more than one way when it’s released.

4. WebOS Tablets

One of the most anticipated tablets, by far, would have to be the WebOS tablets, the Topaz and Opal. Most of the tablets in this countdown are running Android, but the introduction of a WebOS tablet certainly appeals to most of us here at IntoMobile. Coming in 9 and 7 inch versions, these tablets will have the ultra-slick, HP-refined, WebOS onboard in all it’s deck-of-cards, multitasking glory. While I’m looking forward to Android Honeycomb, I’m pretty much equally excited to see WebOS on a bigger screen.

3. Motorola Xoom

The Motorola Xoom will be the very first Android Honeycomb tablet to actually ship to customers, and it’s coming your way through Verizon Wireless. A WiFi-only version will eventually surface, but until then, you’ll have to go through Big Red. This 10.1 inch monster features Android 3.0 Honeycomb, NVIDIA’s 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 chipset, a 5 megapixel camera on back, a 2 megapixel camera on the front, HDMI port with 1080p HD video support. Add in the built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting, and you have one beast of a tablet. Although it’s upgradable to 4G LTE with optional add-on hardware, the Xoom will not ship with Verizon’s 4G LTE out of the box, so you’ll have to wait until Q2 before you can taste that kind of speed.

2. LG G-Slate

T-Mobile will carry the second Android Honeycomb tablet, the G-Slate. Made by LG, we’re expecting a spec sheet similar to that of the Motorola Xoom, but there’s one thing that bumped this tablet to number 2. The G-Slate ships with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network out of the box, and won’t require any sort of hardware upgrade in order to “xoom” along the wireless internets at broadband-like speeds. We know LG decided to wait until Android 3.0 before shipping their tablet, and it looks like the waiting has paid off. The G-Slate may not be too far off, either, as we’ve seen a mysterious LG tablet device with Magenta’s AWS bands already passing through the FCC. The G-Slate is one of many awesome devices LG is about to begin shipping this year, and we can’t wait to get our hands on this thing.

1. Apple iPad 2

This should be no surprise to anyone, but the crown of tablets will be given to Apple’s next generation iPad. The rumored specs on the iPad 2 are absolutely ridiculous, almost to the point of hilarity, and that only makes us more excited to see what’s in store for the second-generation iPad. It may not have the Retina Display that we were hoping for, but some rumors indicate that the iPad 2 will still likely use a display with higher resolution than the current iPad. We could possibly also see the iPad 2 getting a multi-core processor, and SD card slot for more storage. Apple likes to keep their products under wraps, so we have to wait a bit longer until we see the real power behind the most popular tablet’s successor.

Don’t like our list? Give us your top ten tablet list in the comments below!

  • Anonymous

    How can you have iPad2 at #1 when there is so much unknown about it?

    • Anonymous

      Because it will still outsell everything else on this list??

      • PrematureEjection

        So the product that projected to have higher sales, is the “top tablet of 2011?” It should be safe to say that it is, in fact, the most anticipated tablet of the year to come (because everyone in the media loves to jizz over apple products), but to crown it the king of tablets in 2011 is a bit premature. Especially when this specs for it, and most on the list, have not even been released, never mind tested/reviewed/benchmarked etc.

        • Anonymous

          I’ll be the first to tell you that I have no intentions of buying an iPad 2, but it’s a bit silly to assume that people aren’t pumped for this thing. None of these tablets have been officially launched yet, and that’s why they are the “most anticipated tablets”. I’ll definitely grab something like the G-Slate or the Xoom, but everyone is always looking to see what Apple does next.

          • ipadclone2011

            I agree. Apple is just the name now. it seems like people will go out of their way to buy something made by apple when they know that there is something better out there!!! I own a mac, as well as a pc, as well as a droid, as well as a ipod. havnt purchased apple products for a while now just for the fact that the android OS suits me better, just like people like having the restrictions of apple products, makes it harder to mess em up lol.

      • Anonymous

        That may be true, but that doesn’t make it the best as far as technology, case in point: I compared my Droid Incredible to the brand new at the time iPhone4 that was so highly touted, yet head to head my phone was much faster for most tasks I checked, like loading web pages, switching apps, etc. People buy Apple products because they do tons of advertising and it’s hip to own them, which again doesn’t make them the best, performance wise.

      • shakenbake2142

        because everyone seems content on bobbing on Apples knob lmao

    • Nightone

      Because they always end up being number one.
      I can already tell u the next gen of Ipod will be best seller in the world.
      I can already tell u the next macbook pro will be the best laptop on the market.
      I can already tell u the next iPhone will be the best smartphone on the market.
      And today, the Ipad2 is out and guess who’s the best tablet ? The iPad2!
      Are you surprised?

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t agree more, see my reply above.

  • I’m more on a google user than apple and I love my windows 7 everyday computer. I couldn’t agree more on your list. The way I see it, it’s actually unsorted list, it just happen iPad 2 landed to number 1. All I care about is to get a hand on one of these, even the most cheapest one.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t want to pay more for the updating about hardware of iPad 2. As we know, not all the features can be used by us, maybe we use is for our video enjoyment only. Furthermore, there are something that apple will never give us, such as expanding storage and the freedom of app choice. If you’ve created an app good enough, you have to apply for apple with the allowing to appear in mac walled garden, like ifunia mod video converter.

    • Nightone

      Yeah but if you created a good app, they will validate and accept it. On droid, even if you do a shity app, it will stay on the market. So the control Apple have over their app store is a good thing since you won’t have many trash apps + there is over 350k app now on the store witch mean that it doesn’t annoy developpers much otherwise there will be a lot less than 350k. It also force them to optimize their app as much as they can because they know it will be verified by Apple so in a way, they make sure you have an app who actually run smooth, don’t drain the battery in on hour (like a lot of droid app) and don’t crash a lot…at least they are reducing the chance that it would happen.

  • i plan on getting the motorola xoom

  • Kumar124

    What about Notion ink Adam tablet

  • Me

    How can you list Apple IPad to be #1 if Apple IPad doesn’t support Adobe Flash?? It sounds like an old computer in a new package…..

    • Nightone

      Lol? Flash is an obselete technology who actually drain battery and overheat the cpu. Pretty much every website who were using flash are porting to HTML5. That is why last year there was about 10% of the video on HTML5 and this year we’re already at over 60%…so in a year or two you’ll see flash vanish from the web just like it never existed.
      Apple just go forward first in new technology just like they did with firewire port back in the days when people were like ”wtf they reduced their usb port number on their laptop/desktop to add firewire port” witch ended up to be the standard in the video/audio industry for their ability to transfer data faster etc etc.
      Apple created something called Webkit few years ago and even Google and Microsoft are now developping under HTML5 instead of using Flash.
      So flash suck just like any android tablet… Facts? Androids tablets cant go over 5 hours of battery life, half the apps on the market fail because they have no control over the quality of their apps since its open source so everyone can drop some cheap/weak programmed app on the market and most of them.
      But I guess you right, a device without flash sounds like an old computer lol (sarcasm)

      • Steve

        HAHAHA! The ONLY reason Flash is not running on iPad’s is because Apple and Adobe had a falling out… then suddenly Flash is no good. Flash is not just video goose… yes HTML5 is great and it has replaced *some* of the things we used to do in Flash. But to date, it has not fully replaced Flash and it will be a long time coming.

        Hot tip: how about actually putting a dedicated tablet OS on the iPad instead of a mobile phone OS. So the iPad2 did not get higher rez screen than iPad, has next to no ports, no 4G support, smaller screen than some other tablets, no option to expand storage in the device, mono speakers, etc etc but No. 1?. Yes, it looks cool, yes it made tablets popular, but in terms of tablets and smart phones right now, iOS is being outsold by Android and even Symbian.

        Don’t buy into the Apple religion. It’s just another computer. FYI – they were not the first to do everything… oh snap, quick… ummm iCloud! “But didn’t they invent that multi-touch screen and that cool dragging thing?” No, they just bought Fingerworks… 

        Battery life?… “iPad’s battery loses capacity over time, but is not designed to be user-replaceable” – Nice one!

        Now go visit and take a look at the cutting edge awards for cool websites… most are created in… Flash! Oh, and who could forget the priceless iPad demo by Mr Jobs showing the New York Times and the little missing Flash plugin icon. LOL. But they keep doctored (or non doctored?) screen grabs for the advertising:

        So while they are working on HTML5 video for NYT, ALL their interactive maps and demos are in Flash. The Wall Street Journal also uses Flash for these interactive maps and diagrams. Why? Because it’s fast and cheap to do and you can’t do everything you can do in Flash in HTML5 yet… oh, and IE* doesn’t fully support HTML5.

  • Mat

    yeah … what about the Adam Tablet… from what I read on their website they were at CES yet NO ONE said a word about their product anywhere. It went from vaporware to reality and now that it’s actually here no one seems to care about it. I have seen a post where you guys say their UI isn’t worthy of the tablets’ specs but does that mean it should get completely discredited ???

  • What about Apple iPad 2

  • Thumbs up to this.I absolutely agree that Apple palced no. 1, thats not a surprise anymore. Apple is the leading product brand esp when it comes to tablets

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