Keeping Tabs on Android

There’s no avoiding it – the world wide web is becoming more and more difficult to avoid.

If you are the sort of person that loves to get their information, tweet, share ideas and watch the latest movies, TV shows or videos while on the move, it’s likely that you have taken more than a glancing look at one of the many tablet PCs that have hit the shelves in the past year.

Whilst Apple really brought the concept of the tablet PC to the mainstream market in 2010 with the iPad, the market has been full of tablet PCs – and the number of growing.

There are plenty of differences between the various tablets on the market but one thing largely remains the same – the operating system. Whilst the iPad ties you into Apple’s proprietary software, preventing you from doing anything that Apple hasn’t approved first, Google’s Android platform offers much more flexibility. Because the software is much more widely available, the number of apps available for Android has grown massively, with more than 210,000 apps now available for Android phones and tablets.

Some tablets, such as the Dell Streak Android Tablet PC also come with the added bonus of being able to support Flash applications, making it the complete web browser.

The tablet comes with a collection of built-in widgets that bring your music, photos and email straight to your homescreen, literally bringing your digital world to life. Thanks to a built-in GPS and 3G connectivity, you can also get the latest geo-location services, including turn-by-turn satellite navigation directions and live traffic data.

With access to the Kindle Store, you also have access to more than 700,000 books, which can be carried on the 2GB memory.

Another big arrival into the tablet market, the Samsung Galaxy, offers some other great features, particularly if you a keen user of social media or a film fan.

With Samsung Movies, you can access a range of films online to watch whilst you’re on the move and the Galaxy’s intuitive contact book has the capability to pull all of your social media contacts together into one, simple phonebook.

The Galaxy Tab includes two cameras – a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera that’s great for capturing all the action when you’re out and about, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls.

Of course, those are just two of the great range of Android-powered tablet PCs available at The Dell and the Samsung have both picked up rave reviews but if you want to see the full range, head to today.

5th January 2011
Written by Very_Lauren