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Slate PC's: The Slate Tablet PC Roundup

A Look at the Market's Popular (and Soon-To-Be-Popular) Slate Tablets

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Samsung enters the Honeycomb fray with a bigger tablet than its original Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a, well, 10.1-inch screen and a 1GHz dual-core processor. It's also classified as a full-fledged "Google Experience" device, which means stock Android 3.0 and faster OS updates.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

With an Android OS plus 3G and Wi-Fi capability, Samsung's Galaxy Tab slate tablet obviously has its sights set on Apple's iPad. Add Flash, a MicroSD card slot, and a front-facing camera to the mix and Samsung's entry into the consumer tablet arena is shaping up to be one of the more worthy competitors to the iPad. For details, check our Samsung Galaxy Tab review. Samsung also announced a Wi-F-only version for 2011.

TRADITIONAL WORK TABLETS

The "traditional tablet" is basically a slimmed down personal computer that's designed for industrial applications. You can certainly employ the devices for personal use and entertainment. But by and large, these devices are targeted for industrial, medical, restaurant and field work.

AIS Outdoor Rugged Tablet PC

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The AIS Outdoor Rugged Tablet PC is just that — a sturdy slate tablet designed to withstand the elements for folks working out in the field.

Rugged tablets are actually an established subset of the tablet sector. Besides meeting all sorts of military and industrial certifications, the AIS Rugged Tablet features a 4-wire resistive 10.4-inch touch panel, water and dust protection, anti-vibration, battery hot-swapping and a fanless processor.

Serving as its brain is an Intel Atom Z510/530 processor running Windows XP. Wireless features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GSM and GPS.

Electrovaya Scribbler 4000 Tablet PC

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The Scribbler 4000 sports an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor that runs Windows Vista Business. Memory choices are either 1GB or 2GB SDRAM with storage options running from 60GB SMART SATA all the way up to 160GB.

Besides a detachable keyboard, other features for the Scribbler 4000 include a Wacom digitizer, Bluetooth, 1.3-megapixel camera, and both voice and fingerprint recognition. The 12.1-inch touchscreen also has a 180-degree viewing angle.

Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012

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The Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012 is another slate tablet with a full Windows operating system. It houses an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor that runs Windows Vista Business. The screen is a 12.1-inch Wide XGA TFT indoor/outdoor display with viewing angles greater than 160 degrees.

Hard drive capacity ranges from 80GB to 250GB Serial ATA. Other features include a 1.3-megapixel camera, biometric fingerprint sensor, Wi-Fi and a shared slot for an SD card and Memory Stick Pro.

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Panasonic Toughbooks

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Panasonic offers two versions of its rugged Toughbook slate tablet line.

The first is the Toughbook H1, which sports a 10.4-inch dualscreen, hot-swappable twin batteries, 80GB shock-mounted hard drive and a sealed fanless design. It runs Windows Vista Business and includes an XP Tablet downgrade option. It can also withstand a 3-foot drop.

The Toughbook U1 trades in the H1's bigger screen with a 5.6-inch sunlight-viewable LED touchscreen and backlit mini QWERTY keyboard on its bottom face. It also uses a solid state drive and can survive a 6-foot drop.

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Tablet Kiosk Sahara Slate PC's

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Tablet Kiosk serves up three different configurations for its 12.1-inch Sahara slate tablet PC.

The Sahara i412T slate tablet features an Intel Celeron processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, 120GB SATA hard drive, passive resistive touchscreen and biometric fingerprint reader.

The i440T slate tablet ups the ante with an Intel Core Duo LV L7400 processor, Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology, 2GB DDR memory, 160GB SATA hard drive and sunlight-readable display.

At the top of the Sahara food chain is the i440D, which sports 3GB DDR memory and throws in a dual mode active digitizer and touchscreen.

UPCOMING SLATE TABLETS

Slate tablet aficionados can also take a sneak peak at upcoming consumer-friendly tablets such as the Asus Eee Pad and ExoPC Slate by going to our New Slate and Tablet Preview page.

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