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Android tablets have come a long way since their debut in late 2010 but they have not been spared from a series of unpopular devices.Android tablets, with the notable exception of the Kindle Fire, has struggled to keep up with Apple’s iPad despite sporting many additional features, sizes, colours and wireless carriers.
Samsung tried again with another iteration of its Galaxy Tab. This time the company released a tablet in direct competition of Apple's iPad. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 sported a larger size and a new version of Android called Honeycomb that was designed for tablets.
The Xoom was supposed to redefine tablets. Introduced in early 2011, it was the first tablet to sport Android's Honeycomb 3.0 operating system and packed in all the features you could ever need.
The Xoom touted a front facing camera for video chat, rear camera with flash, GPS, a HDMI port and much more. The Xoom fell right out of the gates because of an intimidating $800 off-contract price and early software glitches. Weak sales forced Motorola to drop the price seven months after the Xoom's debut.
The HTC EVO View 4G is no longer listed on Sprint's website and that itself proves failure but Google still promotes the device on its own Android home page. The View touts a 7-inch screen, 4G speeds, and HTC's scribe technology with an included pen accessory. A Wi-Fi version launched in May 2011 but was quietly discontinued in December.
Asus pegged the Transformer Pad as the best of both worlds, an optional docking station allowed you to turn the Pad into a laptop. The docking station was a positive and negative on this 2011 model because without it the device had no external ports for USB or any other peripherals. The unusual design also rubbed users the wrong way.
The Transformer Prime seemed to miss the Android tablet curse, sporting a 10-inch high-resolution display, an unprecedented 12-hour battery life, and processor power equal to a laptop. This device should have been a winner. But leaked sales numbers show low consumer interest. And then there was that whole issue with the GPS, forcing owners to send away for a dongle to make it work.
Despite sporting all of the necessary ports (HDMI, USB, mini-USB and SD card slot) you will ever need, the Thrive's hefty weight, sub-par speakers, and expensive price tag made it feel like a bulky laptop instead of a tablet.
The Iconia tab debuted as the first 7-inch tablet supporting the Android Honeycomb operating system. The same problems that face other Android tablets affect the Iconia as well a heavy, clunky design, weak speakers, and a poor display colour scheme stunted the Iconia's growth.
A built-in kickstand on this 8-inch tablet helped it to stand out but the lack of a rear camera, battery issues, and a limited storage stopped this tablet from cornering the market.
The Jetstream hardware looks nice, other than that HTC missed the mark. The poor choice of display allows you to see pixels when viewing media on the tablet and despite having a powerful processor the Jetstream's response is still a bit sluggish. At a whopping $700, the Jetstream was also way too expensive compared to the competition.
AT&T no longer lists the Jetstream on its website.
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