Making a HIT. (Your Checklist for a Quality Handheld Internet Tablet)

Posted on 09 August 2010, Last updated on 10 June 2018 by

Example products.

Apple iPad. A very high quality large-format device with a class-leading UI and leading applications suite. In the large-format space, there is no competitor to the iPad at the moment.

Huawei S7. Not available yet but from what we’ve seen, a well specified and usable 7″ device. Resistive touschscreen takes a lot away from the user experience however.

Archos 5 Internet tablet. Good value, video-focused tablet. Resistiv touchscreen and no Google applications on the Android-based OS. New models expected from Archos in late summer 2010.

Dell Streak.  One of the best quality Android tablets available today.  5″ with capacative screen, full Google Android build. Can be used as a phone.

SmartDevices SmartQ range. Includes 5″ and 7″ devices but all run a basic open-source Android build, come with ARM11-based processors. Relatively good value if you are not looking for a full, fast web or application experience.

Products expected in Q3/Q4.

We’re waiting for products from HP, Samsung, Archos, ICD, Notion Ink, Viliv, Blackberry, Interpad and others. Information on specs, capability and pricing should feed-through during September 2010 with availability expected in Oct-Nov timeframe.

We track as many products as we can in our database and you can view all of the devices here.

The extras…

Our database contains placeholders for a lot of features. You might want to consider this list if you’re making a final decision…


  • 12v power adapter
  • 3G voice/data modem
  • A-GPS (Internet Assisted)
  • AC Adaptor
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Bump Case
  • Camera Auto-Focus
  • Car Mount
  • Case
  • Compass (Digital)
  • Digital pen
  • Digital TV receiver
  • Docking cable
  • Docking station
  • DVB-T Module pack
  • Extended battery
  • Fingerprint reader
  • FM radio
  • FM transmitter
  • GPS Navigation Kit
  • Hard Case
  • HD Video Accelerator
  • Headphones
  • Headset (headphones/mic)
  • LED Flash
  • Xenon Flash
  • Mic array
  • Microphone
  • Multitouch Touchpad
  • Optical Mouse Pointer
  • Port replicator
  • Proprietary cable
  • Rear Trackpad
  • Scroll/Thumb Wheel
  • Software CD
  • Stand
  • Stereo speakers
  • Stylus
  • VGA adaptor
  • Voice (Cellular) Capability
  • WebCam


  • Compact Flash slot
  • Consumer IR (remote control)
  • Docking connector
  • DVI-out
  • Ethernet 10/100/1000
  • ExpressCard 54/1
  • ExpressCard/34
  • GPS Antenna socket
  • HDMI
  • Headset i/f (Mic+Line)
  • IrDA (infrared data)
  • Line-in
  • Line-out (2.5mm)
  • Line-out / Headphone (3.5mm)
  • Memory Stick slot
  • MIC-in
  • Micro SD slot
  • Micro SDHC slot
  • Micro USB
  • Mini PCI-Express
  • Mini USB 2.0 (client)
  • Mini-SD slot
  • Mini-USB 2.0
  • Mobile SIM-card slot
  • Multi-format card reader
  • PCI-Express Mini (internal)
  • PCMCIA (Cardbus, PC-Card)
  • Proprietary connector
  • RS-MMC Slot
  • SPDIF-out
  • USB1.1
  • USB2.0
  • VGA
  • Video-out (analogue)

Further reading –

Things to Consider when Designing or Buying a Tablet-Style Device

Mobile Computing Buyers Guide

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