Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

Summary: The Apple iPad has re-energized the market for tablet computers but it has gone nearly all of 2010 without a serious challenger. That will soon change. Here are 20 upstarts taking aim at the iPad.

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  • We don’t know much about this one other than it will run Android, have “high-end features,” focus on productivity, and LG executive Chang Ma said ”Our tablet will be better than the iPad.”

    If you'd prefer to view this as a text-only list, see the companion blog post.

  • This one is expected to come in both Windows 7 and Android versions. The Windows version has heavy specs with an Intel Atom processor, 2 GB of RAM, 2 USB ports, an HDMI port, and a 32 GB SSD drive.

    If you'd prefer to view this as a text-only list, see the companion blog post.

  • One of the more intriguing iPad alternatives is the Adam from Notion Ink. It features a very slim, attractive design in a 10-inch tablet with a unique Pixel Qi display, Nvidia Tegra2, and Android 2.2.

    If you'd prefer to view this as a text-only list, see the companion blog post.

Topics: iPad, Apple, CXO, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • The eDGe is available today.

    One pretty significant detail the article failed to mention is that the eDGe is available today and the software has gone through two major upgrades and several minor ones since release and is now quite mature.<br><br>For me, having print as a native data type via an e-ink display large enough to handle standard letter-paper sized documents is a big deal. Having the e-ink display accept handwriting in e-ink is even better. <br><br>As a business professional, I'm not interested in a "reading" device like the Kindle, nor do I want to do serious reading on yet another LCD (already have several of those). I want a proper "study" device that lets me mark up my books, "dog-ear" pages so I can find them again easily, and so on. And then if I'm reviewing a document for someone else, I want to export another PDF, including my handwriting and email it back to the other person, all from the device.<br><br>For me, the eDGe delivers this, but that's only the beginning. With the latest software versions you can:<br><br>* Hook up to a projector and run your presentation slides straight from the eDGe.<br>* Edit Office documents right on the device.<br>* Use USB or Bluetooth devices like keyboards, audio devices, etc.<br>* And of course all of the other Android goodness: browse the web (with Flash lite support), watch videos, play apps/games.<br><br>I only wish that the full compliment of Google apps and Google's market were enabled by default. Apparently, since the device isn't on any carrier's network (although there's a SIM slot and a hidden 3g connect app with an icon that looks suspiciously like the Verizon logo), Google won't support it for now.<br><br>Disclosure: I'm just a satisfied customer with no financial stake in the eDGe.<br><br><br>Dave Orme
    dvorme
    • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

      @dvorme This is the only review I could find - is this the device you are talking about?

      "Have you ever wondered how a bunch of people come up with the same brilliant idea at the same time? Like an ereader with two screens? Half of the enTourage eDGE is an e-Ink reader. The other's an Android tablet.

      It's an ugly little mutant, like a Courier screwed an EeePC and Kindle. The e-Ink screen's 9.7 inches?same as the Kindle DX?and readers ePub and PDF files. It'll let you take notes with stylus, or tap them out on a keyboard. On the Android side, which will apparently let you run full Android apps, you've got a 10.1-inch, 1024x600 screen, which you can use to look at images from books (in full color?). Like any good anything that does everything, it also records video and audio. For wireless, it's got Wi-Fi and optional 3G, along with Bluetooth for external keyboards.

      Admittedly, I kind of like the idea of a reader I can use to browse the internet too, but I just can't do it on something this hideous. And, I really can't abide stupid capitalization patterns, like eDGe. It's $500, if you can. [Entourage via Cnet]]"
      no_axe_to__grind
      • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

        @no_axe_to__grind: You asked where to find the Entourage eDGe. Try: http://www.entourageedge.com/

        If you're looking for the fastest Android hardware and the most gorgeous screen, you'll be disappointed. And for better or for worse, Apple has conditioned many to look at hardware specs rather than looking at "what can this thing do?"

        So why do I like this device so much?

        Because as a computer programmer, my professional life lives or dies on the information I consume and how rapidly I can consume it. This device lets me access and carry more (kinds of) information, faster and easier than I could before.

        Let me give an example.

        I had particular program I had to deliver on a very tight, and inflexible deadline. It turned out that I needed to use a technology that was completely new to me, and none of the tutorials that were available on the web made any sense to me. After going through them, I still couldn't understand how to complete my tasks. But there was a new book that had recently been published on the subject.

        So I fired up my eDGe, went to the publisher's web site, and bought the PDF version of the book.

        Five minutes later I was reading the book on the e-ink display. The first two chapters of the book contained exactly the information I needed. As a result, twenty minutes later I understood exactly what I had to do and enabled me to deliver my software on time.

        For me, having the eDGe was the difference between delivering my software on time and being late.

        So I could have bought the PDF and read it on my laptop. But I've found that I just don't read books on my laptop because it bothers my eyes to read for long periods of time on an LCD. So it's not cost-effective to buy the PDF. I'd rather have the paper book.

        For me, having the large e-ink display--and one I can write on--is the difference between a device meant for browsing versus a device meant for serious reading and study.

        As a result, since getting my eDGe, my laptop often stays at home. Or if I'm computer programming, I have my laptop for programming and my eDGe for my programmer's library.

        So I don't care that the machine might not have the flashiest hardware specs. I still have bragging rights to the first really practical dual-headed portable computer. :D But in all seriousness, I keep, carry, and use this machine because it helps me to be more effective and more competitive than I could be without it.

        -Dave
        dvorme
    • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

      @dvorme

      Whats an eDGe? All I get when I google that is gay porn junk here in Boston.
      ubangeee
    • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

      Several people asked where to find the Entourage eDGe. Try: http://www.entourageedge.com/

      If you're looking for the fastest Android hardware and the most gorgeous screen, you'll be disappointed. And for better or for worse, Apple has conditioned many to look at hardware specs rather than looking at "what can this thing do?"<br><br>So why do I like this device so much?<br><br>Because as a computer programmer, my professional life lives or dies on the information I consume and how rapidly I can consume it. This device lets me get at more kinds of information faster than I could before.<br><br>Let me give an example.<br><br>I had particular program I had to deliver on a very tight, and inflexible deadline. It turned out that I needed to use a technology that was completely new to me, and none of the tutorials that were available on the web made any sense to me. After going through them, I still couldn't understand how to complete my tasks. But there was a new book that had recently been published on the subject.<br><br>So I fired up my eDGe, went to the publisher's web site, and bought the PDF version of the book.<br><br>Five minutes later I was reading the book on the e-ink display. The first two chapters of the book contained exactly the information I needed. As a result, twenty minutes later I understood exactly what I had to do and enabled me to deliver my software on time.<br><br>For me, having the eDGe was the difference between delivering my software on time and being late.<br><br>So I could have bought the PDF and read it on my laptop. But I've found that I just don't read books on my laptop because it bothers my eyes to read for long periods of time on an LCD. So it's not cost-effective to buy the PDF. I'd rather have the paper book.<br><br>For me, having the large e-ink display--and one I can write on--is the difference between a device meant for browsing versus a device meant for serious reading and study.<br><br>As a result, since getting my eDGe, my laptop often stays at home. Or if I'm computer programming, I have my laptop for programming and my eDGe for my programmer's library.<br><br>So I don't care that the machine might not have the flashiest hardware specs. I still have bragging rights to the first really practical dual-headed portable computer. <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/grin.gif" alt="grin"><br><br>But in all seriousness, I keep, carry, and use this machine because it helps me to be more effective and more competitive than I could be without it.<br><br><br>-Dave
      dvorme
  • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

    where is Nokia? I am not sure why they aren't all over this instead of producing sub-4" screen N900/N8 phones or the 10.1" Booklet 3G? Their devices are usually well thought out, packed with features and mostly of good quality (though maybe too many choices in their device listing...) I also note the lack of an HTC entry...
    gbirmin@...
    • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

      @gbirmin@...

      Nokia is busy sliding into irrelevancy. They're Commodore.
      Theseus
  • Where is the Dell Streak?

    It's already shipped the 5" model and is presumably coming out with 7 and 10 inch devices as well.

    The Dell Streak is one of the best selling tablets right now. Just because it can also do voice calls doesn't mean it's not a tablet. Tablets don't just come in one size or two.
    mrxxxman
    • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

      @mrxxxman the Streak has been a failure, you must work for Dell. http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/06/23/dell-ceo-streak-tablet-sales-interesting-immaterial/
      scherzva@...
  • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

    Confusion Reigns! Help!
    barak88
  • Most People Are Short Sighted

    People see some visual effects they like and go ahead and guy a particular tablet. They compare hardware specs, camera resolution, cpu speed etc go ahead and buy a different tablet. They may be opensource honchos who will end up getting the Samsung Tab or other android or windows tablet/phone 7 devices.

    The Fact is. If you want to get some serious work done, Apple always has been making the best products. They give you seamless, hassless work experience.

    For about 20 years I hated Apple computers and devices because I couldn't justify their high prices for the same hardware as half as much costing devices. That was until I got a Macbook Air for cheap off craigslist. (I had bought and gotten rid of about 60 laptops/tablets during the 2 years before that). I stopped buying laptops after I bought the Macbook Air.

    I had bought it just to play around and get rid of it as well without losing money (I had bought it used for $200 lesser than its lowest ebay price). Funnily, I had 14 laptops at that time. I got rid of all the other ones and kept the Macbook Air and my Sony Vaio AW290 (for its 18.4 inch screen).

    I have 4 smart phones. TMobile G1 (it sucks), Blackberry Storm 2 (it sucks), HTD HD (it sucks) and an iPhone 3GS (i love it).

    I wasn't sure whether to get the smaller Dell Streak or the Apple iPad. After getting "group pressured" by some "short sighted friends", I bought the streak. The usability of its hardware sucks. The DELL's interface sucks. Almost all professional usage apps are shit too. I ended up getting an iPAD and have never have had problems, no complains. (note that the iPAD doesn't have a camera and is bigger etc).

    I am surprised that an American company can make products with Japanese standards and values. American products are generally well marketed 'dog poo'. IBM used to make good computers but that got sold to Lenovo, which dumbed down the lineup to attract consumers. If I had a choice between Lenovo, Sony and Apple, since I have the money and like getting things done in 1 hour instead of 2 days nad that too without having to buy any additional software, I'd still go for a Mac. No business user who seeks efficiency and productivity should use a non-Mac product.

    Like they say "I am a Mac Guy now".
    sense police
    • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

      @sense police

      Curious, 60 laptops in 2 years? What do you do? Anyway, lots of the models presented here are pretty ugly and worst ;-) some operates under Windows...
      minardi
      • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

        @minardi yeah, thats a lot in retrospect. i didn't realize how much dissatisfied i was with pretty much every computer that was out there, i lost a lot of time moving data, until i found 'live mesh' and 'dropbox'. i had started the buying spree in order to have multiple 'ready' computers at all times while looking for one that feels comfortable, so that i don't have to spend entire day installing important apps and restoring data from backups (my beloved before it all began, my panasonic toughbook had been stolen with all my data - I lost projects and relationships due to not having a 'ready' computer when that got stolen). and i just never found a 'soulmate' computer ever since, until i bought the mac air, and then the iphone 3gs as well as the ipad and later the 27" imac as well as the appletv). in all those about 60 laptop/tablets there was one thing missing or another - always something to complain about. until of course the mac.<br><br>my favorite ones amongst all those were my vaio ux490 and the super sturdy tablet pc hp 2730p. i miss it the most (with extended battery, gave me 14 hours of battery life!, but the windows o.s. is just another american product -> it capitalizes on people's impulsiveness and short sightedness. android is doing the same thing. almost all mac software works seemlessly together without any hassle, something as simple as expose just made me forget that a large screen resolution used to be an important thing. the multitouch touchpad on the macs is also instantly responsive, the same with the ipad's touchscreen.<br>i got the htc desire, but that suffers from being just another poorly thought of product.
        sense police
    • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

      @sense police OK, if you had about 60 laptops in the last two years, and had 14 laptops when you bought your Macbook Air, I'd say you may have some sort of obsessive/compulsive thing going on and I can't really take your opinion seriously. Myself, I have a $400 compaq 15" laptop that has served me fine for two years and still going.
      learningrichard
    • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

      I never like APPLE's products. because all Apple products has no portability and extra memory ports.
      shitalmehul
  • what if something goes wrong?

    do you want the customer service to argue with you for hours that it was your fault that the device isn't working when it is clearly a widespread hardware flaw and even then have to wait for a "box" to show up on your doorstep at some unidentified time and day (unless you have paid for at home service, but that still doesn't solve the hardware and software inferiority problems of non-apples), then you package the item and take an hour or two out of your day to arrange for the box to be picked up or drop it off somewhere. and then maybe a week or 2 or 3 or 4 from then, you'll get the services item back with a bill for service (even though it was under warranty). all that while you are worried if some homeless jackass or some druggie gang is going to steal your laptop, tablet or phone.

    my macbook air's hinge dislocated 8 days after my warranty had expired (i had paid an associate to upgrade it, but he seems to have been preoccupied with some other 'more important' work). i went to apple store, they told me that it'll take 5 days after which i can pick it up from their location.

    apple fixed not just the hinge, but replaced my entire lid (that had a small dent on it). all without any crying. no harassment of the customer was involved. all that while i was completely sure that i'll get my laptop back. even the backup process of my data via time-machine was more than easy (i had never used time-machine before - i used dropbox and livesync to sync my data across computers).

    note that that was just one example of "what matters".

    i live in india now. and despite not having any apple stores and direct from apple customer service here, i have bought more macs. i made my dad get a mac as well. all that despite dell being popular for its relatively good customer service here. i bought an iphone 4 as a gift for my friend.

    all that because apple products almost never require any customer service.
    sense police
  • There are others

    There are still other competitors out there depending on what you want the tablet to do. You can get one for $209 that comes with 7" screen, froyo, A8 cortex cpu, wifi, and more. You just have to shop around.
    tommcd64
  • Fuk the "LG Android Tablet"

    LG sucks AS5 at making mobile devices (IT'S FROM EXPERIENCE, their mobile devices break easily), they were made for building refrigerators and TVs. PERIOD.
    MrElectrifyer
    • RE: Photos: 20 iPad competitors to watch

      Maybe the quality recently went south but I had an LG flip phone many years ago and it survived an enormous amount of abuse. It looked pretty ugly when I retired it but it never failed.
      Mark_42
  • Lenovo U1 Hybrid - strange bed fellows

    UNIX and Windows in device.
    Nagesh Tummala