8. Amazon Kindle
There is obviously a lot of difference between what an iPad can do to what an Amazon Kindle. The purpose of the iPad was for it to also be compatible with iBook which is in essence the sole purpose of the Kindle – an eBook reader. So it is really what you want from the device, the Kindle is on its third generation in the UK and even has its own eBooks store.
Another big plus is if you just want an eBook reader, the Kindle is priced at £109 for a Wi-Fi only and £149 for 3G + Wi-Fi. With 4GB internal memory all ready for eBooks, the battery life will last you around one month and its e-ink screen means it not as harsh as an iPad to the naked eye.
So if you want an eBook reader, you may need to look no further than the Kindle.
Price: Starting Price £109
7. HP Slate
With a very high profile for this tablet at CES last January, the HP slate is a tablet which is going to come onto the market and just integrate with IT infrastructure straight away thanks to its platform. With an Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 64GB flash based storage, 8.9-inch screen and Windows 7, the Tablet has aspirations to take the Tablet market by storm.
Not only does the Slate has some pretty impressive hardware, it also has USB ports and a memory card reader allowing you to hold data externally and keep your hard drive nice and spacious.
Downside of this tablet is there is no 3G facility to connect to mobile networks but would you really walk around on the streets openly advertising an expensive tablet?
6. Dell Inspiron Duo
As the Streak’s older brother, Dell have made a conventional tablet but managed to incorporate a full QWERTY keyboard and Windows 7 into it.
Giving users the ability to move from a netbook to a tablet in the matter of swinging the screen around, its flexibility for both consumers and business, this is a first on the tablet market.
Specification you will see a 320GB hard drive (not flash), Windows 7 Home Premium, 2GB RAM and a rather nimble 1.54kg of weight.
5. Archos70 Internet Tablet
Archos have previously produced tablets solely for multi-media and entertainment with the features of DVB and full DVR recording facilities. Acrhos, like very other manufacture have now gone on the internet connected tablet scene with a 7-inch and 10-inch tablet.
The Archos 70 internet tablet has pretty much the same features as what you would expect from a tablet – 250GB hard drive series or 8GB flash series, Android 2.2 Froyo, mini-HDMI out and battery life of up to 10-hours solely for web browsing, the Tablet is great competition to the iPad.
4. Dell Streak
The Dell Streak is a tablet but on a very small scale – 5-inch to be precise. The Dell Streak has full 3G capability for connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5mpx camera, 480×800 resolution, 16GB internal storage and external media is accepted as well as Android 1.6 (upgradeable to 2.2 Froyo).
With the same battery life as the Archos 70 Internet Tablet, the Dell Streak proves that tablets don’t have to be large and bulky.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10-inch
For the people who were quite reserved with the Galaxy Tablet 7-inch with Android, Samsung are sure to lure the undecided customers when they release the larger Galaxy Tablet with Windows 7.
With 1024×600 and 1000:1 contrast ratio, the tablet will immediately overtake the iPad for graphics and will just look crisp, precise and hold a clean display.
No specification has yet been delivered or leaked online but with Windows 7, we are sure to expect either a high single core processor or 1GHz dual-core processor like the BlackBerry PlayBook.
2. BlackBerry PlayBook
Have BlackBerry ever made a tablet before – Nope. The Canadian company are going to be jumping into the deep end with this tablet but on paper, it seems as if they will be able to stay afloat.
The reason why the PlayBook can be a very successful tablet is that it has no real competition on the tablet market except for Windows 7. BlackBerry has always done business devices very well and the PlayBook with its QNX operating system will be complimented by some impressive hardware.
BlackBerry are going to pack a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 1024×600 resolution, 32GB of storage as well as a 3mpx front facing and 5mpx rear facing camera.
BlackBerry state that this tablet will give users a ‘true multi-tasking experience’ – watch this space.
Price: TBC (2011 Q2 release is expected)
1. Samsung Galaxy Tablet 7-inch
The Galaxy Tablet obviously had to make it to number one as it’s the first successful Android based tablet which works, great specification, smooth and just wins hands down.
Specification of the Galaxy – it has a 1GHz hummingbird processor, 7-inch screen, 1024×600 resolution, 2.2 Froyo Android, dedicated graphics, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and the ability to call and text from the device which is just a ginormous plus.
Lighter than the iPad, a smaller and superior resolution than the iPad, the device is fully accessible to Android 2.3 and 3.0 meaning its future proof – this is a great tablet and certainly stiff competition to the iPad.
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