HP Tablets are finished. Which tablets are the best? Any special deals?

  • HP Tablets no longer for sale
  • Alternative tablets compared
  • iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and Pendo Pad

With the recent news about HP (Hewlett Packard) deciding to end its production of tablet computers, and the subsequent rush to buy its tablet devices for a fraction of their normal price, customers may now be wondering where the next great deal is. The tablet market has a lot of options, so we’ll try and inform you about the best tablets around, and any special deals you could grab up before it’s too late.

The Apple iPad 2:

This iPad is currently the most popular tablet device in the world. The reason this is the case is that Apple has set the bar for how a tablet computer should be. However, with the advent of Google Android’s ‘honeycomb’ tablet operating system, a lot of people think Apple’s reign on the market won’t last for long. Still, the Apple iPad 2 is an amazing machine.

Pros: Sturdy and classy build design, massive number of applications in App Store, simple to operate, good sound, fluid touchscreen operation, good battery life

Cons: Camera and video aren’t as clear as you’d like them to be, no flash, not able to be customised with widgets, not much multitasking

Special deals in Australia: Optus (1300 137 897), Vodafone, 3 Mobile and Telstra BigPond all have very competitive Apple iPad 2 plans.

Samsung Galaxy Tab:

Samsung has attempted to make the best Google Android tablets around, but unfortunately its latest creation, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, is currently unavailable in Australia. However, if you do like the Android operating system, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab has a large screen and is great for multimedia.

Pros: Good size and very light weight, great performance, LCD screen, LED flash, excellent at streaming media, Navigon Navigator

Cons: Needs a proprietary USB charger, there are compatibility problems with some Google Android apps

Special deals in Australia: The Optus Mobile Broadband 16GB $59.95 Data Cap Plan including Samsung Galaxy Tablet 24-month plan. This plan currently offers a $20 discount (normal price is $79.95 per month). Call Optus on 1300 137 897 for more details about this plan.

Motorola Xoom:

Pros: Android Honeycomb OS is very customisable, looks and feels like a desktop PC, good 5-megapixel camera, LED flash, 32GB of storage, very long battery life, great touchscreen, Google apps look great

Cons: A little heavy for some people, screen could be clearer, power button is in a weird location, MicroSD slot doesn’t function yet

Special deals in Australia: Optus 8GB $39.95 a month plan plus $15 monthly Xoom repayment 24-month contract. This is $54.95 per month over two years. Call Optus on 1300 137 897 for more details about this plan.

Pendo Pad:

In Australia the Pendo Pad is a very cheap tablet computer offered solely by Dodo. This tablet is a lot cheaper than the competition, but much better than anything else in its own price range. For as little as $9.90 a month you can get the Pendo Pad, a USB modem and access to Dodo 3G broadband internet.

Pros: Very cheap, Google Android operating system, good speakers, good battery life, low glare screen

Cons: No GPS, hardware buttons stick out a little too far, no Bluetooth, older form of Google Android OS

Special deals in Australia: Dodo Mobile Wireless $9.90 500MB including Pendo Pad and USB modem 24-month plan. This plan currently comes with a bonus 5GB of data for free. Call Dodo on 1300 136 793 for more details about this plan.