Web Tablet

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Web Tablets, now simply called Tablets, are the latest devices available to read eBooks. However they are also light weight computers in their own right. They will include some method of connecting to the Internet (Web).


[edit] Introduction

The history of web tablets is very equal to the history of e-book readers: During the internet bubble several companies revealed such devices. However the first generation of these devices were pretty primitive i.e. keeping their prices in mind. Unfortunately, companies did not spend much effort in developing 2nd generation devices but instead complained that there was no market for web tablets. These have returned under the name MID, Mobile Internet Device.

Now, when the hardware components are cheap and there is a pretty good infrastructure for web devices (private and public WLAN hotspots, 3G cellular networks), the chances for Web Tablets, also know as Media Tablets, are very good. But companies are generally extremely wary of releasing such devices. Possibly the introduction of the Nokia internet tablets (Nokia 770 and Nokia N800) will herald a renaissance of web tablets. The MA companion touch and the Touch Book may change the whole market place. A functionality increases these devices may compete with the Tablet PC for some users. The recent announcement of the Apple iPad may finally main stream this class of devices.

These matrix's lists devices that allow browsing the Internet via a wireless connection AND reading documents offline. They are tablets in that they all have a touch screen. Unless specifically marked these are all released. (The Adam was included as it is the first announced PixelQi screen product which is break through technology.)

[edit] 2014 Models

Models Sony Xperia® Tablet Z iPad Air Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Galaxy Tab 3 Nexus 10
Manufacturer Sony Apple Samsung Samsung Google
Screen size 10.1" (16x9) 9.7" (4x3) 10.1" (16x9) 10.1" (16x9) 10.1" (16x9)
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1200 2048 × 1536 2560 x 1600 1280 x 800 2560 x 1600
Display Reality Display with Bravia Engine 2 Retina display with IPS WQXGA Super Clear LCD WXGA TFT True RGB Real Stripe PLS
OS Android™ 4.2.2 iOS 7 Android™ 4.3 Android™ 4.2.2 Android™ 4.3
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro (1.5GHz Quad Core) Apple® A7 (1.4GHz Dual Core) 1.9 GHZ Octa Core processor Intel Z2560 CPU (1.6GHz Dual Core) Samsung™ Exynos CPU (1.7GHz Dual Core)
Internal Storage 16 GB (32 GB Available) 16 GB (32 /64 /128 GB Available) 16 GB2 (32/64 GB Available) 16 GB1 (32/64 GB Available) 16 GB1(32 GB Available)
Front Camera 2 MP 1.2 MP 2 MP 1.3 MP 1.9 MP
Back Camera 8 MP 5 MP 8 MP 3.2 MP 5 MP
Wi-Fi® 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth® 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.0
NFC Yes No No No Yes
HDMI® out Yes (MHL) Yes (Adapter) Yes (MHL) Yes (MHL) Yes
Wireless Content Transfer DLNA, Wi-Fi® Miracast™ AirPlay® DLNA, Wi-Fi® Direct DLNA, Wi-Fi® Direct DLNA, Wi-Fi® Miracast™
IR Remote Yes No Yes Yes No
Water Resistant Water Resistant (IPX5/7) No No No No
Expansion Slot Micro SD card Slot No Micro SD card Slot Micro SD card Slot No
Thickness 6.9 mm (0.27") 7.5 mm (0.29") 7.9mm (0.31") 7.9 mm (0.31") 8.9 mm (0.35")
Weight 495 g (1.09 lbs) 469g (1.03 lbs) 540g (1.18 lbs) 510 g (1.12 lbs) 603 g (1.3 lbs)

See also the ePaper dedicated eBook Reader Matrix and the LCD E-Book Reader Matrix.

[edit] Older models

Brandname Augen Gentouch Nokia Internet Tablet Archos 7 Archos 9 Apple iPad Adam
Model Gentouch78 N800/N810 7" Internet Media Tablet PCTablet iPad 2 Adam (Jan 11 release)
Manufacturer Augen Nokia Archos Apple Notion Ink
Archos 9.jpg
B Adam2.jpg
Dimensions 7.36" x 4.65" x 0.63" 144 x 75 x 13mm 190 x 110 x 16 mm
7.48" x 4.33" x 0.6"
256 x 134 x 17 mm
(10.1" x 5.3" x .67")
241 x 186 x 8.8 mm
(9.5" x 7.3" x 0.34")
239 x 158 x 13 mm
(9.4" x 6.2" x 0.5")
Display 7" 800x480 color 4.1" 800x480 2^18 colors 7" 800x480 16 million colors 8.9" 1024 x 600, full color 9.7" 1024 x 768, 132 ppi full color 10.1" WSVGA, 1024 x 600, full color
Display Type TFT TFT TFT TFT IPS LED backlight PixelQi or TFT
Touch screen yes yes yes resistive multi-touch multi-touch
Full-screen Refresh Rate TFT TFT TFT TFT IPS ?
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth n.a. 2.0 + EDR n.a. 2.0 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Other Interfaces USB 2.0, headphone USB 2.0, headphone, camera USB 2.0 (device and host), headphone, Docking connectors to connect DVR Station USB 2.0, headphone, WebCAM, connector for port replicator proprietary connector, WebCAM, microphone WebCAM, 3.5 mm Headphone, Microphone, USB 2.0 Host - 2, HDMI, docking port, FM Radio, 3G
Memory 256MB Ram + 2G Flash 128MB Ram + 256 MB Flash 128MB Ram + 160 GB or 320 GB hard drive 1 GB RAM + 60 GB harddrive 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16 / 32 GB eMMC
Expansion Slots SDHC 2xMiniSD/RS-MMS none none accessory adapters micro-SD
Supported Services and Formats PDF, ePUB, TXT, HTML, JPG, BMP, MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, Internet Internet (Opera8, Flash7),
Instant Messaging, VoIP, Internet Radio, PDF, Picture Viewer, MP3
Internet (Opera), PDF, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.264, WMV, M-JPEG, MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, Flac and OGG Vorbis, JPEG, PNG, BMP Internet IE, email (MS live), Lotus symphony, Windows Media player. Other formats downloadable. Internet Safari, e-mail, PDF, H.264, MPEG-4, mov, MP3, AAC, JPG, PNG, TIF, DOC, PPT, XLS, RTF browser, All major eBook formats supported
DRM Adobe ? Plays for sure (Music/Video) full windows FairPlay, ADE with 3rd party apps. ?
Power Lithium Li-Polymer 1500 mAh (BP-5L) Li-Polymer removable Li-Polymer Li-Polymer 3 cell 24.6Whr Li battery rechargeable & replaceable
Battery Life ? 3,5 h 10 h (movie playback)
39 h (music playback)
10h movie playback, 30 days standby 140h audio & 16h HD video
Weight ? 206g 640g (23oz) 800g (1.8 lbs) 601-613g (1.33 lbs) 600-650g (~22 oz)
OS Android 2.1 Maemo (Linux) Linux Windows 7 iOS 4.3 Android 2.3/3.0
Boot Time ? ? ? ? ? ?
SDK STD Android yes ? ? yes Tegra
CPU 800 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 2420 at 320 MHz ARM CortexTM-A8, 32 bit, 600 MHz Intel ATOM Z510 1.1 GHz 1GHz Apple A5 Dual-Core Dual-Core ARM® CORTEX -A9 MPCORE™
Software Full Android Apps Opera, video viewer, image viewer, audio player, PDF viewer Security, Windows live, Lotus, Web TV, more Full iTune Apps 1080p HD, audio player, eBook Client
Services Android Store Apple iTunes Android Store
Publisher Partners Big 4 ?
Price $150-180 250€ $449 (320GB) $549 $499 base model $399-$549
Misc Info Augen also makes The Book, This unit will also play 720P movies A 5" devices is also available. The main purpose of this device is to be a mobile media player that becomes a video recorder when plugged into an additional base station includes WebCAM 1.3 Mpixel, optional port replicator adds VGA, microphone input, additonal USB and headphone optional base station adds keyboard. Many apps will add eBook readers including iBooks. 4 variants, standard LCD and PixelQi with 3G and Wifi options

Possibly the future will bring more devices which function as both web tablet and e-book reader at the same time. See also the ePaper E-book_Reader_Matrix and the LCD E-Book Reader Matrix.

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