Competition for the iPad?

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.

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About Camille Dempsey, Ed.D.

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4 Responses to Competition for the iPad?

  1. Great post Camille! I think you’ve brought up an item we should think about. If we determine this summer that a “tablet” is the tool for an arts educator to have… then perhaps we need to consider which specific tablet it should be. While there may be some sense in sticking to the iPad because we’ll all have familiarity with it by then, and be more able to support inquiry with an iPad, the iPad may not be the best tool for everyone. Some of the tablets you researched have features I’d certainly like to have – eg, the USB port, the SD memory card slot, and even the ability to use a stylus.

    It kind of makes me wonder how schools will respond – whether they’ll go with the iPad because of its popularity, or strike out with another tablet because of its features or cost. One thing seems certain to me – the iPad is creating a whole new way of looking at technology!

    • I would love to see some of the other tablets live…. One challenge would be that if teachers chose tablets other than the iPad (that we are all testing), the facilitators wouldn’t be able to support them in the other devices very well unless we tested them also…

      • I think this is an interesting idea. Why would we have to know another tablet to be able to support it? In a culture of inquiry is it more important to all have the same tools, or to have a culture where we are willing to help support one another? Don’t have an answer here – just more questions 😉

        In a related idea, I just watched a Joel Barker video from a few years back (it was kinda 90’s and dated looking, but the ideas were still incredibly useful for today) about innovation and diversity. He talked poetically about how diversity is what creates wealth – that when we are in homogeneous groups we eventually stop innovating – and that diverse groups are constantly creating the new ideas that create wealth. I think this relates to the idea that it would be challenging yet creative to allow everyone to pick the tablet that they are most interested in trying out. It would create some complexity, and surely some support challenges, but it would allow for innovation that couldn’t occur otherwise… just something else to think about!

  2. Just read a blog post at Mashable.com – a prediction that tablets will outsell netbooks, laptops and desktop units by 2012: http://mashable.com/2010/06/17/tablets-netbooks-projections/

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