(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)The 4G future we've been promised for years now, has arrived. And it's not just for smartphones. We've been playing around with 4G Android tablets ever since the T-Mobile G-Slate back in early 2011.
We can argue the semantics of 4G, but when a Johnny-come-lately like Apple comes around bragging about their tablet's 4G data capabilities, we can't resist pointing out all of the great Android tablets that beat them to the punch.
Sony Tablet P
Here's something a 4G iPad can't do: fit in your pocket!
Ok, so we weren't entirely sold on the Tablet P's dual-screen design, but you have to hand it to Sony for trying something different. This tablet runs Android 3.2 and includes a suite of unique Sony apps and content, including Music Unlimited and game titles from its PSOne archive.
Read the full review of the Sony Tablet P.
Motorola Droid XyBoard 8.2
The Xyboard 8.2 is a powerful tablet, running on Verizon's robust 4G LTE network. Its 8.2-inch screen strikes a nice compromise between the more common 7-inch and 10.1-inch competitors, making it better for thumb-typing when held in portrait. It doesn't come cheap, though, and the only affordable way to acquire one comes with a two-year contract.
Read the full review of the Motorola Droid XyBoard 8.2.
Motorola Droid XyBoard 10.1
As the successor to the Motorola Xoom, the XyBoard 10.1 is a standard-bearer for Honeycomb tablets. But aside from its 4G data capability, its design and features do little to help this tablet stand out from more daring (and less expensive) Android tablets, such as the Asus Transformer Prime.
Read the full review of the Motorola Droid XyBoard 10.1.
The Huawei-designed T-Mobile Springboard harkens back to another early adopter of 4G, the HTC EVO View 4G. This 7-inch tablet offers a beautiful screen, stylish design, and doesn't skimp on the specs, either. Unfortunately, like many tablets on this list, the Springboard comes at a relatively high price, not to mention a two-year contract.
Read the full review of the T-Mobile SpringBoard.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Motorola Xoom may have been the first Honeycomb tablet, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was the first to make us swoon. Its iPad 2-matching thickness and lightweight construction make it a great travel companion. Unfortunately, its iPad idolization carried through to its one-port design and an absence of memory expansion.
Read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Arguably our current favorite amongst all the Galaxy Tabs (there are plenty), the 8.9 hits a sweet spot of portability, design, and pixel density. Throw in Samsung's unique customizations to Android 3.2, and you have one of the more interesting and capable iPad alternatives money can buy.
Read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.