There seems to be a never-ending stream of new Android tablet and smartphone
devices coming out during 2011 and, looking towards the end of the year, that
steady flow isn’t slowing up either.

If you’re on the lookout for a new handset or tablet running the Google Android
OS then this makes it a prime time to go shopping, and there is plenty to choose
from on both fronts. When it comes to tablets the Apple iPad 2 is still a hard
act to follow, but if it’s the Android OS you want then the Samsung Galaxy Tab
10.1 is a great rival worth considering.

This comes with a powerful Tegra 2 dual core platform, meaning you’ve got a
rock steady base from which to run Android, while it’s got slimline styling and
an excellent quality screen too. Add to that the excellent battery life and you’re
looking at a quality purchase.

Other tablet options

Motorola Xoom TabletThere’s more though, because Motorola has been doing good business with its
Xoom tablet, which again sports cool looks and a punchy performance. The dual
core processor that has Android 3.0 on-board delivers the goods when carrying
out any kind of tablet chore.

Similarly, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is another Android tablet that not only
comes from one of the biggest suppliers of netbooks to the marketplace, but
also features a great little keyboard dock that effectively turns your tablet into
the same thing. It’s a good alternative for people who don’t always get on with
tapping on a touchscreen for any amount of time.

Looking elsewhere

LG Optimus PadFans of the more sophisticated tablet products out there will find plenty to
enthuse about from the LG Optimus Pad, which is a 3D offering that places it in
a completely different sphere. Using a pair of 5-megapixel cameras mounted on-
board, this device runs Android 3 and combined, you get a three-dimensional
experience on the move. It’s cool.

Toshiba has also sneaked in with its own tablet entry, which runs Android
Honeycomb and a super slim design at just 7.7mm deep. There’s a 10.1-inch
screen, 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The 64GB of on-board storage and
dual cameras means that it comes with a very respectable specification, even if
it’s not exactly suffering from over exposure. One to watch perhaps.

Smartphone central

HTC Sensation XEWhen it comes to smartphone options then these are even more plentiful, with
a raft of new handsets emerging from leader of the Android pack; HTC. Lookout
for their Rhyme, which is a colorful Android fashion phone, and there’s also the
HTC Sensation XE with some funky features to enjoy. They join the ranks of the
Incredible and Desire HD to make HTC a hard act to follow for the rest of this
year. There’s an Explorer model rumored from them too.

However, Sony Ericsson has its own range of Android models that fall under the
Xperia moniker that are all worthy of a look if you’re after a touch of style and a
good camera to boot. Indeed, the Neo is to get an Android update to 2.3.4 shortly,
keeping it extra relevant in this competitive market.

Those with a more limited budget will be able to get their hands on the Acer
Liquid Express soon too, which runs Android on an 800MHz processor. It’s got
a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi and 3G plus all of the usual toys. The
difference being it won’t break the bank when you buy it SIM free.