HP will have a hard time marketing an already-obsolete Atom platform to the educated consumer and enthusiast. I'm hoping they actually go with an N550 or better, but that Broadcom solution has already been proven to be too driver dependent for reliable playback across multiple HD codecs. AMD's Nile platform is much more elegant and works far better, but it would be a tough job squeezing Nile into a sub-10" form-factor. I like Windows 7, especially when it comes to media streaming and remote connect, but not on a puny Z530.
Archos has been around doing these types of devices for a while now. And though i've never owned one, their current lineup looks pretty decent. Maybe it's time you guys started giving them a little respect and included them in these types of lineups.
I own an iPad and the one thing that makes the device much more useful than 99% of the devices I have ever owned is its battery life. All the bells and whistles are worthless on a mobile device if you lose power. None of these reviews mention anything about battery life.
I hate apple and will never own one of their products.
That being said I think its stupid to have an "iPad alternatives" article covering a bunch of products that technically don't exist (at least to the consumer). All that is covered here is a bunch of pre release and prototypes which means little to nothing for someone actually looking for an iPad alternative today.
These four can not be seen as alternatives, since not a single one of them is for sale. The title is misleading at best. Should have been "Future iPad Alternatives". It is not even guaranteed that any of these devices will survive long enough to hit the market at all.
So what are the "The Top iPad Alternatives AVAILABLE TODAY"?
Although the article is helpful, it does not mean anything. Specs are only part of the equation. Performance is what really counts. A company can throw together the top processor and load it with memory. However, until it is put to the test, one does not know how it will perform. Also remember that the manufacturers can tweak the OS (I am referring to Android here) so performance will vary. Until these tablets are reviewed and released, you cannot say they are better alternatives. Since specs is all we have to go by, I would also put StreamTV Elocity A7 on this list because its specs are very good.
I like the iphone but as far as I'm concerned tablets are encroaching on netbook/laptop territory, therefore I expect full support of all formats including flash, html5, etc, etc... This is the one reason I'll never own an iPad. Its too expensive to not support these features.
Just my $0.02. I have an 'A-PAD' E900 tablet I bought off Ebay for AU$130. I know this is just a cheap knock off but apart from being stuck with Windows CE (you can get Android ones, too) I found it a great tablet to use in my car (it has USB support for my 3G modem and built in GPS + maps software).
No apps store but does the job as a car PC or when I'm at a wifi hotspot.
on ebay the other day I stumbled upon the epad and apad(ipad clones) pretty cheap. But they had android 2.1 and looked pretty decent, and they were only around 100 bucks(7 inch). Certainly better than $500 ipad.
Well, there are way more latest tablets introduce in Mobile World Congress 2011 which are really having neck to neck features and performance with iPad 2, still the majority are based on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS. Computex Taipei 2011 is the next big event for latest and greatest Tablets showcase. For the meantime, Best Tablet PC Comparison has the most up to date Tablet ranking, pricing and features comparison. Personally think Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is pretty interesting tablet with the $399 (16GB) -$499(32GB) price tag.