Best Tablet Computers for Voice and Video Communications

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Built on the Android platform, the Cisco Cius is a Cisco TelePresence-enabled tablet with a seven-inch high-resolution screen and eight-hour battery life. Outfitted with Cisco Quad, Show and Share, and WebEx Presence collaboration applications, the Cius features video communications that tie into Cisco TelePresence solutions. Activating a video session is as simple as connecting a phone call.

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Introduced by Avaya in the summer, the Avaya Flare Experience is an Android-based tablet with the ability to do one-on-one or multi-party voice and video conferencing. With an 11.6-inch HD multi-touch LCD screen and 5MP built-in camera, the Flare is large for a tablet, so it’s best used at the desktop for unified communications and collaboration. It’s outfitted with Microsoft Exchange and presence tools.

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Known more for its smartphone BlackBerry devices rather than larger computing units, Research In Motion (RIM) will be launching the BlackBerry PlayBook in early 2011. With a seven-inch display and dual HD cameras, the PlayBook will run on RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS and is being designed with the needs of enterprises in mind.

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As another tablet running on the Android OS, the Dell Streak provides users with a five-inch multi-touch display. Dell is positioning the Streak as a cross between a smartphone and a tablet, so the device comes equipped with cellular features. The 5MP camera currently doesn’t support video chat, but Dell promises an upgrade in functionality further down the road. The Dell Streak also supports Google Voice VoIP chat.

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With a 2MP integrated camera and an adjustable screen so it can be used as a tablet or as a laptop, the HP EliteBook 2740p Tablet PC has a 12.1-inch display and touchscreen capabilities. HP’s tablet is also outfitted with a built-in GPS.

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More of a consumer device than a business one, it’s safe to say the Apple iPad is making its way into business environments, nevertheless. As a device for voice and video communications, though, it’s certainly not the most suitable of tablets. Without an integrated camera, the iPad is only suitable for voice communications (and reviews of attachable webcams have been poor). Rumors suggest an iPad with an integrated camera is in the pipeline, though. The iPad is equipped with a 9.7-inch screen and up to 10 hours of battery life.

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Based on Android (is it just us or is there a new theme in the tablets world?), the Samsung Galaxy Tab is equipped with a 3MP camera and is capable of capturing 720×480 video at 30fps. The Galaxy supports voice and video calls on its seven-inch multi-touch display. End-users will be able to use the battery for full video for seven hours before recharging is required.

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Although no formal announcements have been made, there are reports that HP is gearing up to introduce a webOS-based tablet to the community. When? Well, if you trust rumors, we’ll see this phantom device materialize in early 2011.

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It wasn’t that long ago that tablets were very pricey computing devices only purchased by an elite few with very specific uses, but as the tablet wars heat up, there are likely to be many more announcements from a variety of different IT vendors on the horizon.

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Built on the Android platform, the Cisco Cius is a Cisco TelePresence-enabled tablet with a seven-inch high-resolution screen and eight-hour battery life. Outfitted with Cisco Quad, Show and Share, and WebEx Presence collaboration applications, the Cius features video communications that tie into Cisco TelePresence solutions. Activating a video session is as simple as connecting a phone call.

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Introduced by Avaya in the summer, the Avaya Flare Experience is an Android-based tablet with the ability to do one-on-one or multi-party voice and video conferencing. With an 11.6-inch HD multi-touch LCD screen and 5MP built-in camera, the Flare is large for a tablet, so it’s best used at the desktop for unified communications and collaboration. It’s outfitted with Microsoft Exchange and presence tools.

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Known more for its smartphone BlackBerry devices rather than larger computing units, Research In Motion (RIM) will be launching the BlackBerry PlayBook in early 2011. With a seven-inch display and dual HD cameras, the PlayBook will run on RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS and is being designed with the needs of enterprises in mind.

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As another tablet running on the Android OS, the Dell Streak provides users with a five-inch multi-touch display. Dell is positioning the Streak as a cross between a smartphone and a tablet, so the device comes equipped with cellular features. The 5MP camera currently doesn’t support video chat, but Dell promises an upgrade in functionality further down the road. The Dell Streak also supports Google Voice VoIP chat.

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With a 2MP integrated camera and an adjustable screen so it can be used as a tablet or as a laptop, the HP EliteBook 2740p Tablet PC has a 12.1-inch display and touchscreen capabilities. HP’s tablet is also outfitted with a built-in GPS.

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More of a consumer device than a business one, it’s safe to say the Apple iPad is making its way into business environments, nevertheless. As a device for voice and video communications, though, it’s certainly not the most suitable of tablets. Without an integrated camera, the iPad is only suitable for voice communications (and reviews of attachable webcams have been poor). Rumors suggest an iPad with an integrated camera is in the pipeline, though. The iPad is equipped with a 9.7-inch screen and up to 10 hours of battery life.

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Based on Android (is it just us or is there a new theme in the tablets world?), the Samsung Galaxy Tab is equipped with a 3MP camera and is capable of capturing 720×480 video at 30fps. The Galaxy supports voice and video calls on its seven-inch multi-touch display. End-users will be able to use the battery for full video for seven hours before recharging is required.

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Although no formal announcements have been made, there are reports that HP is gearing up to introduce a webOS-based tablet to the community. When? Well, if you trust rumors, we’ll see this phantom device materialize in early 2011.

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It wasn’t that long ago that tablets were very pricey computing devices only purchased by an elite few with very specific uses, but as the tablet wars heat up, there are likely to be many more announcements from a variety of different IT vendors on the horizon.

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Built on the Android platform, the Cisco Cius is a Cisco TelePresence-enabled tablet with a seven-inch high-resolution screen and eight-hour battery life. Outfitted with Cisco Quad, Show and Share, and WebEx Presence collaboration applications, the Cius features video communications that tie into Cisco TelePresence solutions. Activating a video session is as simple as connecting a phone call.

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Introduced by Avaya in the summer, the Avaya Flare Experience is an Android-based tablet with the ability to do one-on-one or multi-party voice and video conferencing. With an 11.6-inch HD multi-touch LCD screen and 5MP built-in camera, the Flare is large for a tablet, so it’s best used at the desktop for unified communications and collaboration. It’s outfitted with Microsoft Exchange and presence tools.

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Known more for its smartphone BlackBerry devices rather than larger computing units, Research In Motion (RIM) will be launching the BlackBerry PlayBook in early 2011. With a seven-inch display and dual HD cameras, the PlayBook will run on RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS and is being designed with the needs of enterprises in mind.

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As another tablet running on the Android OS, the Dell Streak provides users with a five-inch multi-touch display. Dell is positioning the Streak as a cross between a smartphone and a tablet, so the device comes equipped with cellular features. The 5MP camera currently doesn’t support video chat, but Dell promises an upgrade in functionality further down the road. The Dell Streak also supports Google Voice VoIP chat.

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With a 2MP integrated camera and an adjustable screen so it can be used as a tablet or as a laptop, the HP EliteBook 2740p Tablet PC has a 12.1-inch display and touchscreen capabilities. HP’s tablet is also outfitted with a built-in GPS.

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More of a consumer device than a business one, it’s safe to say the Apple iPad is making its way into business environments, nevertheless. As a device for voice and video communications, though, it’s certainly not the most suitable of tablets. Without an integrated camera, the iPad is only suitable for voice communications (and reviews of attachable webcams have been poor). Rumors suggest an iPad with an integrated camera is in the pipeline, though. The iPad is equipped with a 9.7-inch screen and up to 10 hours of battery life.

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Based on Android (is it just us or is there a new theme in the tablets world?), the Samsung Galaxy Tab is equipped with a 3MP camera and is capable of capturing 720×480 video at 30fps. The Galaxy supports voice and video calls on its seven-inch multi-touch display. End-users will be able to use the battery for full video for seven hours before recharging is required.

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Although no formal announcements have been made, there are reports that HP is gearing up to introduce a webOS-based tablet to the community. When? Well, if you trust rumors, we’ll see this phantom device materialize in early 2011.

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It wasn’t that long ago that tablets were very pricey computing devices only purchased by an elite few with very specific uses, but as the tablet wars heat up, there are likely to be many more announcements from a variety of different IT vendors on the horizon.

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