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Tablet Rollout Schedule: Buy Now or Wait?
Tablet Computers
By some estimates there were over 100 tablet computers announced or presented at CES this year. With the rumored, camera-equipped, Apple iPad 2 likely to make an appearance in the first half of the year, is this the right time to buy a tablet or are you better off waiting for the new iPad or one of many attractive new Android tablets? To make it easier for you to decide, we put together a chart showing some of the hotter tablets along with estimated release dates.

Tablet Segmentation Starting to Appear
We’ll be honest, there isn’t a lot of difference among tablets; they all have touchscreens and run apps. Some will be powered by dual core processors while others will run older and newer versions of Android. We saw a few interesting tablet variations at CES this year including tablets with keyboards that slide out from under a touchscreen like ones from Samsung, Acer and ASUS, and another from ASUS which connects to a dock and "transforms" into a laptop. This should be a good year for anyone wanting to buy a tablet. They only questions will be which one and when?

BRAND MODEL/CODE-NAME RELEASE DATE CARRIER OS LTE/4G SCREEN SIZE CPU
notion ink
Adam
Available: Pre-order No 10" Tegra 2
dell
Streak7
Available: Buy Now Yes 7" Tegra 2
motorola
Xoom
Available: Buy Now Yes 10" Tegra 2
apple
iPad2
Available: Buy Now No 9.7" Apple's dual-core
graphics A5
rim
PlayBook
Available: Buy Now Yes 7" Cortex A9
asus
Eee Pad Transformer
Available: Buy Now No 10" Tegra 2
acer
Iconia Tab A500
Available: Buy Now Yes 10" Tegra 2
msi
WindPad 100W
Available: Buy Now No 10" 1.5GHz Intel Atom z670
msi
WindPad 100A
Available: Buy Now No 10" Tegra 2
creative
Ziio
Available: Buy Now No 10" ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD
gigabyte
s1080
Available: Buy Now No 10" Intel Atom n550
viewsonic
Viewpad
Available: Buy Now No 7/10" 1.66GHz Intel Atom
archos
Arnova 8/10
Available: Buy Now No 8/10" 1GHz Cortex A8
fujitsu
Stylistic Q550

Available: Buy Now

No 10 1.5GHz Intel Atom z670
archos
7o
Available: Buy Now No 7" Cortex A8
lg
G-Slate
Available: Buy Now Yes 8.9" Tegra 2
hp
Slate 500
Available: Buy Now No 8.9" 1.86GHz Intel Atom z540
advent
Vega
Available: Buy Now No 10.1" Tegra 2
motion computing
CL900
Available: Buy Now No 10.1" 1.5GHz Intel Atom z670
htc
Flyer/EVO View 4G
Available: Buy Now Yes 7" 1.5GHz
hannspree
SN10T1-3
Due Q1 2011 No 10" Tegra 2
samsung
Sliding PC

Due March 2011

No 10" 1.5GHz Intel Atom z670
fujitsu
Windows 7 Tablet
Quarter 2 No Intel Atom z670
palm/hp
TouchPad
June Yes 9.7" 1.2GHz
lenovo
Skylight Slate
June No 10" 1.3GHz Snapdragon
dell
Streak Pro
June No 10" 1.5GHz Intel Atom
toshiba
Thrive
June No 10.1" Tegra 2
bebook
Live
June No 7" 1GHz
viewsonic
ViewPad 7X
June No 7" Tegra 2
htc
Puccini
Summer 2011 No 10" 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8660
samsung
Galaxy Tab 4G
Quarter 3 Yes 7" 1.2GHz
Hummingbird
asus
Eee Pad Slider
July-August No 10" Tegra 2
lenovo
ThinkPad X Slate
July No 10.1" Tegra 2
zte
Light
H2 No 10" 1.2GHz
dell
Latitude ST
October No 10" Tegra T25
motorola
"enterprise tablet"
October No 7" Dual-core 1GHz OMAP 4
lenovo
Think Slate
Q4 No 10.1" Dual-core ARM
sony
S1 Media Tablet
Fall No 9.4" Tegra 2
sony
S2 Clamshell
Fall No Dual 5.5" Tegra 2