Just as a fun little aside, I thought I’d publish a comparison of several of the Tablet devices on the market today, or shortly to be released:

DEVICE HARDWARE SOFTWARE/

CONNECTIVITY

PERFORMANCE
HP TouchPad – $500-600

Processor:1.2-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon

Storage: 16 or 32 GB

RAM: 1GB

Cameras: 1.3-megapixel front-facing, no rear camera

Dimensions: 9.45 by 7.48 by 0.54 inches

Weight: 1.6 pounds

OS: webOS 3.0

DLNA: No

Wi-Fi/3G/4G: Wi-Fi only, AT&T version coming soon

Bluetooth: Yes

Ports: micro USB, no SD card slot

Battery Life: Approximately 8 hours under heavy use; closer to 9 or 10 hours under casual use conditions.

Javascript Test Results Average: 4128.47 ms

Motorola Xoom – $600-800


Processor: 1-GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2

Storage: 32GB

RAM: 1GB

Cameras: 2-megapixel front-facing; 5-megapixel back-facing camera

Dimensions: 9.8 by 6.61 by 0.51 inches

Weight: 1.56 to 1.6 pounds (depending on version)

OS: Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)

DLNA: No

Wi-Fi/3G/4G: Wi-Fi, Verizon 4G (eventually)

Bluetooth: Yes

Ports: micro USB, HDMI-out, microSD

  • Battery Life: Approx. 8 to 8.5 hours
    Javascript Test Results Average: 2170.6 ms
Apple iPad – $400-$730 (where available)


Processor: 1-GHz Apple A4

Storage: 16, 32 or 64GB

RAM: 256MB

Cameras: None

Dimensions: 9.56 by 7.47 by 0.5 inches

Weight: 1.5 to 1.6 pounds

OS: iOS 4.3

DLNA: No

Wi-Fi/3G/4G: Wi-Fi, 3G (AT&T)

Bluetooth: Yes

Ports: Proprietary

Battery Life: Approx. 10 hours

Javascript Test Results Average: 3305.9 ms

Apple iPad 2 – $500-830


Processor: 1-GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed

Storage: 16, 32 and 64GB

RAM: 512MB RAM

Cameras: front and back-facing

Dimensions: 9.5 by 7.34 by 0.34 inches

Weight: 1.33 to 1.35 pounds (depending on model)

OS: iOS 4.3 (iOS 5 coming fall 2011)

DLNA: No

Wi-Fi/3G/4G: Wi-Fi, 3G (AT&T or Verizon)

Bluetooth: Yes

Ports: Proprietary

Battery Life: Approx. 10 hours
Javascript Test Results Average: 2163.3 ms
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook – $500-700


Processor: 1-GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP

Storage: 16, 32 or 64GB

RAM: 1GB

Cameras: 3-megapixel front-facing, 5-megapixel back-facing

Dimensions: 7.6 by 5.1 by 0.4 inches

Weight: 0.9 pounds

OS: PlayBook OS (QNX)

DLNA: No (RIM claims it’s coming soon)

Wi-Fi/3G/4G: Wi-Fi, 4G versions to come (though some carriers are backpedaling)

Bluetooth: Yes

Ports: micro USB, HDMI

Battery Life: Approx 7.5 to 8 hours

Javascript Test Results Average: 2362.6 ms

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – $500-600


Processor: 1-GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2

Storage: 16, 32 and 64GB

RAM: 1GB

Cameras: 2-megapixel front-facing, 3-megapixel back-facing;

Dimensions: 10.1 by 6.9 by 0.338 inches

Weight: 1.25 lbs

OS: Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)

DLNA: Yes

Wi-Fi/3G/4G: Wi-Fi only (AT&T 3G coming soon)

Bluetooth: Yes

Ports: Proprietary; no SD card slot

Battery Life: Approx. 9-10 hours

Javascript Test Results Average: 2188.9 ms

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I still maintain that anyone (individual or company) looking for short to mid-term revenue injection should consider developing applications for the Blackberry platform, especially with the imminent 6.1 platform (Open GL-ES2.0; Windows API; Magnetometer/Digital compass APIs; Event based geo-tagging location APIs; Enhancement to barcode APIs, and a lot more). The Apple and Android platforms are increasingly overcrowded, and any applications developed in to that space will simply be part of the crowd, with an intensely rare few breakouts. It will be another couple of years before the glut of useless apps begins to fall by the wayside to a degree worthy of note.

Meanwhile, over in Blackberry App World, users are dying to get their hands on utilities and apps that make them proud to own a Blackberry once again. That RIM is not doing as good a job as it might in marketing its platform to developers is just one part of the puzzle that seems in dire need of burnishing. With the advent of Blackberry’s Playbook tablet, application development for the Blackberry ecosystem now has a truly compelling attraction. The window is open for a short period (as Motorola’s Xoom, Notion Ink’s Adam, and Samsung’s Galaxy jostle to get through, among others), and Blackberry needs to get aggressive.

The smart app developer AND brand manager will play the odds, and seize this opportunity to develop their apps in a space with far less competition, and far more demand for quality applications (just bear in mind that Blackberry users are a different demographic than Apple and Android users: know your market).

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