Android Tablet Comparison
By default tablets are sorted in a chronological order. The newest models are on top of comparison chart. You can sort and compare android tablets by clicking on header columns. For example, to find out which Android tablet has the largest battery autonomy, click on Batt column header. To sort tablets by alphabetical order, click on Tablet PC column header.
Android OS History
The Android operating system, was initially released in 2008 as the operating system for several mobile platforms. Developed by the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of several technologically-based companies. The first commercial version released was 1.0, and came equipped with many of the main features seen today: the Android Market, Google synchronization, Youtube, etc. Since that time, there have been numerous updates. The versions have been named for food, in alphabetical order: cupcake, donut, eclair, froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb, ice cram etc
Android OS General Information
The Android OS is Linux based, meaning that it is open-source; anyone with the know-how can design and test applications for the Android, as the software used for developing the apps is free of charge, as is the Android Compatibility Test Suite. In fact, an endeavor known as the Android Open Source Project, or AOSP, is led by Google in an effort to encourage third party developers to design applications for the Android, as well as to maintain and improve the system.
Competitors and Features
The main competitor of the Android OS is by far the Apple Operating System, or the iOS. The Android was once touted as the 'iPhone killer,' but with the vast availability of both systems, it can be hard to tell which one is actually better. With the advent of the Honeycomb version, the first tablet-only Android OS, the iPad has some real competition.
The Android OS is more flexible than the iOS, allowing for more customization (as mentioned before, Android OS is open-source; iOS is not.)
Another advantage that the Android tablet has over many others is price. Some Android tablets are sold under 100 US$, few times less than the cheapest iPad from Apple and othe Windows based tablets.
Recently Android tablets are catching up iPads in development. Some Android based tablets offer advanced features (like 4G LTE), sooner than Apple. Other features include full-sized USB ports and micro-SD slots, not seen on tablets such as the iPad and iPad 2. All Android tablets include wireless internet connectivity and headphone jacks, and the vast majority include at least one camera, and sometimes two.
Disadvantages of Android Tablets
Many users have complained of connectivity issues when using the Android OS tablets, citing slow speeds, particularly when loading flash content. Others have issues with the processor speed, claiming that it doesn't live up to similar products. A few of the major websites do not appear properly on all Android tablets, and do not fit to the proper screen size, appearing small even on a large tablet. The size of the app store is a disappointment to many, since the Android lacks the quantity of applications that the iPad possesses.
Google Play - Android App Store
The Android App Store has been re-branded as Google Play as of March 6, 2012. Available in 131 languages, Google Play is is available worldwide, with a listing of 450,000 different applications to choose from, and about 4.5 billion downloaded. Moving beyond just games and productivity applications, Google says that thousands of movies are available for download within Google Play, along with 3 million eBooks and millions of songs.
The Android OS has its advantages over the competition, but it also has disadvantages. The differences between the various systems are too small to make much of a difference in choice, and it really all comes down to personal preference.