I've had an Android phone for the past 3 years and I've loved both of them. Right now I'm looking for an Android tablet as a Christmas present and I'm wondering if I could get some advise on what to get and what to look for. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
The biggest thing that I use my android for is for streaming video. I stream a lot of sports games on my phone (Verizon says I use 7GB/month) and I also stream TV shows while I'm at the gym. Because of this I'm looking for a tablet that has some decent processing power. I've been looking at the tablets on Amazon and I noticed that some of them have "graphics coprocessors." Do these make a big difference in the ability for a tablet to stream video? Other than video streaming I just surf the web with my droid and use it to look at fantasy sports things and other things so I shouldn't need high end hardware for that. I may end up doing some gaming on this tablet but really that's what my Xbox is for.
I would like to be able to connect a keyboard through a USB drive so if you have suggestions for accessories that can help me do that it would be greatly appreciated.
I'm looking for a tablet between $200 - $350 but I would prefer to keep it closer to $300 or less unless its a large difference in quality.
Also I notice most of the tablets in the price range I'm looking at are Honeycomb. Have most of these devices upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich? I'd really prefer to get a tablet that already has the upgrade out.
I'd prefer a screen around 10".
Here are some of the tablets that I have caught my attention so far:
MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet
Acer Iconia A200
ViewSonic gTablet with 10" Multi-Touch LCD Screen, Android OS 2.2 (Has 2.2 would this be able to support ICS and is it available for upgrade?)
Lenovo ThinkPad 1838-22U 10.1" 16GB Tablet (No Stylus)
ASUS Transformer TF101-A1 10.1-Inch Tablet (Probably won't get the docking port because it's just so expensive.)