15 Challenger Tablets of iPad 2. Would you be more interested in iPad rivals if the price was better?,15 Tablets That Could Rival Apple's iPad. The iPad has captured many hearts and minds, but a fleet of rival tablets led by a separatist Android. The complete list of iPad rivals. published by Much iPad on Tue. While 2010 was the year of the iPad, 2011 could be the year of tablets. iPad rivals will struggle to equal its slick user experience (familiar interface, iBooks, iTunes, and the App Store), but Apple alternatives do offer a broad range of choices related to shape, size, and screen--not to mention Webcams, USB slots, and HDMI ports. Many tablets pair Windows 7 with an Intel Atom processor, or combine nVidia's Tegra 2 chip with Android, Chrome OS, or Linux. Multitasking? Check. Accelerated high-def Flash video? You betcha.
As the time winds down, more and better tablets are appearing which are challenging the authority of the iPad. The Consumer Electronics Show 2011 (CES), Las Vegas showcased 75 spectacular tablets whose invincible touchscreen slabs with Android and Windows 7 operating systems won plaudits across the world. A question that is triggered at this point of time is, which one of them is creating a divergence? Let’s have a deeper insight into this:
1. Motorola Xoom
The Motorola Xoom has soon grabbed worldwide attention through its dazzling applications. The device guarantees record-breaking performance with its Google’s Android 3.0 OS, 10.1-inch screen, Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GHz processor, 32GB built-in storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G/ 4G/ GPS connectivity, SD card support (unlike the iPad) and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support.
2. Sharp Galapagos
This tablet was unveiled at Japan in late November 2010, but it occupied the favorite position very quickly. It is expected that this devise will make its way to the US and Europe also. The 5.5-inch and 10.8-inch screened Galapagos tablet is embedded with Wi-Fi for easy access to Sharp’s digital e-bookstore. With this device the user can swiftly go through an array of e-books, games, music and video content.
3. Samsung TX100
How can one forget the Samsung TX100 when it comes to tablets?! With the launch, the device became one of the most coolest hybrid notebook/tablet sliders. This majestic tablet runs on Windows 7 and certifies a power-packed performance. The TX100 also includes a 10.1-inch LCD multi-touch touchscreen tablet with a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard. Intel’s next Atom processor will be under its hood with ports for USB and HDMI. The microSD card slot and a touted 9-hour continuous use battery life is a remarkable step to break the stereotypes pertaining to tablets.
4. AHX iTablet
The AHX iTablet is a one of its kind iTablet with elegant looks from the UK. It is compatible with both Windows 7 and the Android operating system. The device features: 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen (1024×600), Intel Atom Z530 processor running at 1.6 GHz, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, webcam, SD card reader, 32GB of internal storage, a HDMI port, stereo speakers and two USB 2.0 ports.
5. Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid
U1 Hybrid is more popularly known for its extraordinary Ideapad concept. The device has been integrated with a Windows 7-run Lenovo LePad and a detachable multi-touch Android 3.0 tablet. Its 10.1-inch slate derives power from a 1.3GHz Snapdragon processor integrated with 1GB RAM, 16 or 32GB flash memory, SIM slot and a 2-megapixel webcam.
6. Toshiba Tablet
Toshiba is yet another ferocious contender in the tablet arena with a 10-inch screen and Android 3.0. Its specs include: LED-backlit display with multi-touch capabilities, 1280 x 800p resolution, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a rear 5-megapixel camera, Resolution+ video enhancement, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and Adobe Flash support.
7. Fujitsu 10-inch Tablet
The revolutionary Fujitsu tablet kicked into action with a Windows 7-powered 10.1-inch screen and 2GB RAM. The reason behind its super maneuverability resides in: Atom Oak Trail Z670 processor, two or four cell removable battery, front and rear-facing cameras. Amazingly, this Fujitsu tablet weighs just 1.5 pounds approximately.
8. Viliv X70 Slate
The Viliv X70 Slate came into the limelight at CES with its Windows 7 and Premium running 7-inch 1,024-by-600 resolution widescreen weighing just 420g. This sophisticated device features: 3MP rear and 1.3MP front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional HSPA, WiMAX, EVDO, GPS, HDMI port, microUSB and microSD. The 5,600 mAh battery of the tablet can deliver up to 6.5hrs of backup.
9. Asus Eee Slate EP121
The Eee Slate EP121 is powerful enough to run standard Office software alongside other applications. It entered the tablet world with an Intel Core i5 processor and 12.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution LED-backlit capacitive touchscreen display running on Windows 7 Home Premium. The most amazing feature of EP121 is that it uses a capacitive stylus for precision input and control which makes it handy for developers. Besides this the tablet includes: 4GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB of SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports, mini-HDMI port, Bluetooth keyboard and a 2-megapixel camera.
10. Dual-Screen Acer Iconia
Acer has no intention of slowing down its pace of becoming a serious competitor in the tablet world. The dual-Screen Acer Iconia is a laptop-styled tablet with 14-inch touchscreen displays attached by a hinge. Weighing around 6.1 pounds, the Iconia features an Intel Core i5 480 processor, 4GB of RAM, 640GB hard drive and Clear-fi (for media sharing). Acer Ring is its other feature which makes accessing documents and web pages, resizing pictures and navigating through content library very easy. In addition to all this USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0, HDMI-out, a 1.3-megapixel Webcam and Bluetooth will also become a part of it.
11. BlackBerry PlayBook
More than just functioning as a tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, which was released last September, does everything in style. Its 10 mm thick body includes 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. Not only that, its iPad-beating extras include: 3MP camera on the front, a 5MP lens on the back, 4G support, 3G support via BlackBerry phone and 802.11b/g/n wireless.
12. Panasonic Viera
Panasonic Viera rolled out its Viera tablet at CES 2011 press conference. Viera would be an Android tablet available in 4, 7, and 10-inch sizes. Till now, Panasonic has standardized the device mainly as a TV companion. The Viera Connect technology will enable the user to transfer and view content between the tablet and TV. The tablet can also be used as a remote control for home theater components.
13. Vizio Via
Vizio unveiled its 8-inch Via tablet alongside a Via smartphone handset. The tablet will run on Android 3.0 and 1 GHZ processor. Its specs include: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, GPS, MicroSD card slot, HDMI output, HD video playback, universal remote control for Vizio televisions, front-facing camera and Blu-ray players.
14. Motion Computing CL900
The Motion Computing Oak Trail-powered CL900 tablet comes with MIL-STD-810G specs which can survive even a four-foot fall. The 2.1-pound tablet has been covered with a touch Corning Gorilla Glass display. Its 1366×768-resolution capacitive touchscreen can even resist a ferocious pen stab. CL900 also features two cameras, a USB port, microSD card and SIM card slot.
15. Archos 101
The Archos 101 is a one of its kind Rockchip RK29xx ARM Cortex-A8 based 10.1″ capacitive Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet weighing 480 gms. One of its unique feature is that it consumes power at a very modest rate and delivers 7 hours of battery change. The tablet has specs such as WiFi, HD Video Playback, Webcam and micro SD.