The Best Android Tablets with GPS
The market is flooded with GPS navigation devices including in-car navigation units from Garmin and software solutions for Blackberry, Android and the iOS platform. While consumers love their gadgets, the novelty of having the latest and greatest device often wears off pretty quickly leaving consumers wanting a solution that integrates the features they want the most into one device.
Multi-function devices reduce the number gadgets that consumers have to carry around. For example, a GPS-enabled Tablet eliminates the need for an in-car navigation device and a separate Tablet, provided that the size of the device is right. Here are some Android Tablets with GPS already integrated.
Archos 5 (from $229)
The Archos 5 has a vibrant 5” display that’s not only great for watching the hours of video it can store, but it also make the Archos a great in-car navigation devices as well. For now the Archos 5 five is one of the few Android Tablets with GPS but it does a very good job in that role, especially when paired with the in-car GPS cradle. Its cell phone dimensions (143.2 x 78,8 x 10.4 mm) also make it a handy hand-held navigation unit as well.
This device’s claim to fame is its support of a large number of media formats including: AVI, WMV, MPEG4, and Flash video content. The Archos 5 Tablet also plays 720p video from WMV HD, MPEG4, and MPEG-2 files (including VOB and DivX formats), but you will need to spend an extra $20 for a software plug-in to get the feature.
Other notable features include:
- Flash video and game compatibility
- A PDF reader
- Mac and PC compatibility
- Built-in speaker
- 3G capabilities
- High-resolution touch-screen display
- Wi-Fi, music playback
- Integrated kickstand
- Optional DVR
Motorola Xoom (from $599)
The Motorola Xoom is a rather large device to have mounted as an in-car navigation device, but it should be a dream for anyone who is serving as co-pilot. The Motorola is the strongest competitor to the iPad so far and also one of the few OEM Android Tablets with GPS, 3G and 4G support. This GPS enabled Tablet also has some other impressive specifications including:
- 10.1-inch screen
- Front and rear facing cameras
- Dual LED flash
- HD 720p video capture and playback
- HDMI output
- A 1Ghz dual-core processor
- Adobe Flash support
- GPS and Location services (eCompass, and aGPS)
- 32MB onboard memory
- A barometer
- Battery (9hrs over 3G, 10hrs over WiFi and 10hrs video playback)
You can find a full spec sheet for this GPS enabled Android Tablet at the Motorola site.
Other Android GPS Tablets
If you aren’t too picky about brand names, there are host of Chinese made Tablet PCs that have GPS, 3G and even WiFi features. Unfortunately, you will have to contend with substandard engineering, weightier devices and an under whelming user experience – the Flytouch 2 and Infortm X220 are a good examples.
If you are not loyal to the Android platform you can also checkout the HP TouchPad, it is a GPS capable Tablet as well.
“Motorola Xoom – Android Tablets with GPS,” Archos.com
“Archos 5 – GPS-enabled Android Tablet,” Motorola.com
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