After the iPad was released I was curious who would develop similar devices. After reading “Seven Alternatives to The iPad,” “Seven More iPad Alternatives” and “Slate Wars:15 Tablets That Could Rival Apple’s iPad” I thought I would share the highpoints of a few of the most promising tablets.
The first competitor that I noticed shortly after the iPad was released was the WePad developed in Germany. It has multitasking capability, Flash, SD card slot and a USB. The WiFi version with 16GB of memory will retail for approximately $657.33 (as compared with the 16GB iPad for $499) sometime after July. The fully-spec’d 32GB, 3G model that also includes GPS and a full HD 1080p display will cost $833.01.
Dell Mini 5 (Streak) is another tablet that includes a front-facing camera (for video chat), voice recognition, a speedy 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, and various color options, 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, second front-facing camera (648 by 480 pixels), SIM card and microSD card slots as well as a GPS.
Another tablet is the HP Slate. $549 for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB version. Both versions will have a five-hour battery, an SDHC slot, two camera, a USB port, a SIM card slot for the optional 3G modem, and a dock connector for power, audio, and HDMI out. Other comparisons between the HP Slate and the iPad are listed below.