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Are These Smartphones and Tablets Enterprise Worthy?

By Paul Rubens
January 26, 2011

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Eyeing Apple's phenomenal success with the iPad, myriad vendors are rushing myriad smartphones and tablets to market. Which of the many should earn a spot in your enterprise?

If you had to choose one word to sum up this year's CES in Las Vegas then there's little doubt that "Honeycomb" would be it. There's simply no getting away from the fact that Honeycomb, which is the code name for Google's Android 3.0 tablet-oriented mobile operating system, was the star of the show and the talk of the town.

CES saw the announcement of a whole raft of new tablet devices, many of which look likely to offer some credible competition to Apple's iPad, a device which has had the tablet market more or less to itself for the last nine months. Most of the challengers, but not all, are powered by Honeycomb.

1. Motorola Xoom

The most exciting new Honeycomb-powered mobile device and, incidentally, the device named "Best In Show," is Motorola's Xoom tablet. The Xoom features a dual core processor, a 10.1-inch, 1200x800 screen and front and rear cameras -- a 2-megapixel front one for video calling, and a 5-megapixel rear one that can shoot HD video at 780p. And let's not forget a very impressive browser capable of displaying Flash content. The Xoom will be available later in the year on Verizon's 3G network, and all units will be upgradeable to 4G at some point in Q2. A rumored Wi-Fi only version may also be available in Q2, but this has yet to be confirmed. The Xoom is a mobile device that looks well equipped to challenge the iPad -- at least until the iPad 2 is released later this year.

2. LG G-Slate

Running a close second in the tablet excitement stakes is LG's G-Slate, which also goes by the rather ungainly moniker of the T-Mobile G-Slate with Google from LG. Details are rather thin in terms of the exact specs of the device, but what we do know is that it runs Honeycomb and is designed to work on T-Mobile's HSPDA+ 4G network. It has what looks like a 10-inch screen, and is powered by the popular-among-tablet-makers dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. It's likely to be released some time this year, with pricing yet to be announced.

3. ASUS Eee Pad MeMo

Not to be outdone, ASUS announced three new Honeycomb tablets, targeting a wide range of potential customers. The smallest of these, the Eee Pad MeMo, is a 5- or 7-inch capacitive touchscreen device running at 1024x600, powered by a now-rather-old-fashioned single-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU. The MeMo is small and light -- just about 12 ounces -- and packs a rather unusual stylus with a tip that gets thicker as you press it against the screen, as well as front and rear cameras, a MicroSD card slot and a micro HDMI out jack. The MeMo will be available some time this year in 16, 32 and 64GB versions, with pricing yet to be announced.

Read the rest at Enterprise Mobile Today.

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