As you all know the HD tablet industry is changing and CES 2013 was another chance for us to acknowledge this. Gadgets are getting bigger and everybody is following this trend, with Samsung, Apple and Google leading the pack. Smartphones are getting closer to tablets and these are getting closer to laptops. The weird thing is that at the same time laptops are getting smaller also. But the trend is definitely bigger, especially when we’re talking about HD tablets.
Some time ago Google released the Nexus 10 – a 10 inch HD tablet with a sharp and clear display (super PLS display) that has a resolution of 2560 x 1600. It’s better that the one from iPad 4 that has 264ppi while the Nexus 10 has 300 ppi. It’s also the highest resolution tablet on the market. It’s powered by a dual-core 1.7 GHz Exynos processor so it can run every application you can find on the market. Remember the fact that it also has 2 GB of RAM memory and you will understand why this is the most powerful HD tablet that you can buy at this moment. Browsing is not that good compared to the Nexus 7 but we can’t complain as it’s better than what other 10 inch tablets have to offer. Google made a good job with this!
But there’s a new kid on the block which had his first encounter with the real world at the CES 2013. ViewSonic presented their staggering 24-inch tablet – the VSD240 – which is more than double the size of Nexus 10. But does it have what it takes to fight for the best HD tablet award? Well, we think it does and we will tell you what our reasons are. First the processor, a 1.7 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, which is better than the Nexus’ one. Next the display which is a HD LED screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p. The resolution and the ppi are not better than the figures from the Google’s HD tablet, but regarding the fact that this one has 24 inches it’s not bad at all. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so we will be able to run the latest apps available on the market and we will run them on the biggest HD display that we can found on a tablet.
Talking about connectivity ViewSonic’s tablet is looking good. It has a HDMI and USB ports and you also have the possibility to increase the storage capacity with a SD card. Besides that it also has a 1.3 megapixel front camera.
Let’s talk about how useful is a 24 inch HD tablet. What can normal people do with it? You can consider it a small computer and plug in a keyboard and a mouse and use it like this but it won’t feel the same. You can use the HDMI port to connect it to a laptop or something else and use it as a mobile, moving screen but why would you do that? ViewSonic said that this tablet is for business man and businesses in general, when you need to show your client a powerpoint or the last month’s figures. You will be able to do this without having to install a projector – it’s a more modern and professional way which will impress your client. Although designing such a tablet for such a small market (compared to the customers market) doesn’t make a lot of sense but I guess that they have something in mind. The estimated price is $499 and it should start shipping in April according to them. It costs a little bit more than the Nexus 10, but then again size has its costs.
What do you think? Which is the best HD tablet, the Nexus 10, the one from ViewSonic or another one altogether?