Oct. 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM ET
Something to put on the holiday lists this year, perhaps: Two new 4G Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) tablets from T-Mobile, the T-Mobile SpringBoard with Google and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The 4G-capable T-Mobile SpringBoard has a 7-inch HD multi-touch display (convenient for taking around town) and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core mobile processor. Meant to be attractive to the passive reader and viewer, it comes with an SD card slot that accommodates up to 32GB of expandable memory (for photos, music and movies, for example), support for Adobe Flash Player, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and video recorder with 720p for HD video capture as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
It also has a bevy of pre-installed options geared toward making the most of using it as an on-the-go entertainment hub: access to thousands of movies and TV shows via Blockbuster on Demand, Netflix and T-Mobile TV. It can also be the go-to GPS unit for family vacations, with TeleNav GPS Navigator.
T-Mobile hasn't confirmed the price for it yet, but it is supposed to come in under $200.
Also soon to be available from T-Mo is a 4G-capable Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which weighs in at 1.2 pounds and has a 10.1-inch HD display. It comes loaded with pre-installed apps such as T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD demo, SIM City Deluxe demo, Blio eReader and Zini. (You can see our video review of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 below.)
It's also powered by a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and has full Adobe Flash Player support.
Will these tempt you enough to overlook the Amazon Kindle Fires pre-selling at a rate of 2,000 per hour?