Top 5 iPad Killers… maybe

Top 5 iPad Killers… maybe

With the the much anticipated Apple Event tomorrow, where it is widely speculated they will announce the iPad 2, and on the heels of the release of the Motorola Xoom last week, it seems fitting that we pause a moment to take a gander at the rapidly increasing landscape that is the tablet market. It is remarkable, that this time last year ‘tablet’ wasn’t even in the general public’s vernacular. If the word tablet was used in conversation, it was most likely referring to an Advil Cold & Sinus. This is Moore’s Law (the phenomenon that computational power doubles every two years) in action!

With Apple having such a long jump on the competition, it’s hard to imagine they’ll lose out as the market leader anytime soon. However, strategically holding their San Francisco based event where they are likely to demo the new iPad 2 a week after the release of the Android powered Motorola Xoom, it’s clear they’re not taking any chances. Add to the mix that RIM’s release of the PlayBook is slated for late March/early April, and you now have far more choices and a slivered tablet market that may come to resemble that of the smart phone. Apple has lost considerable ground to Android powered phones, and the same thing will happen in the tablet market so they will do whatever they can to prolong the inevitable. I’m excited to see what innovations Apple brings to the table come Wednesday… and yes, slightly annoyed that my 5 month old iPad will be obsolete in a matter of hours.

One of the more interesting tablets I’ve seen lately isn’t even really a tablet – in the traditional sense of a ‘tablet pc’ – that is, is doesn’t claim to be a substitute for your computer, but a substitute for a pencil and paper. The NoteSlate is a thin, lightweight 13″ e-ink notepad with an impressive price tag of $99 and probably the closest looking approximation to actual pen or pencil sketching that I’ve seen (yeah I know, you can create fine art with Brushes or SketchBook for the iPad but I mean something that doesn’t require a night course to utilize it’s features). Slated for a June release, you can even preorder yours from their website! The problem (and we knew there’d be one), is that the NoteSlate doesn’t technically exist yet. The company, based out of the Czech Republic, had to do their market research and make sure that people would buy their product before they actually, you know, invented it! With over 45,000 fans on Facebook to date, I think they have their answer.

Here is a really basic rundown of 5 of the top iPad competitors most likely to give Apple a run for their money.

Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom

OS: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)

Screen Size: 10″

Resolution: 1280 x 800

Processor: Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core

RIM PlayBook

RIM PlayBook

OS: BlackBerry Tablet OS

Screen Size: 7″

Resolution: 1024 x 600

Processor: 1GHz dual-core

HP Slate 500

HP Slate 500

OS: Windows 7 Professional

Screen Size: 8.9″

Resolution: 1024 x 600 (1024 x 768 for some applications)

Processor: Intel Atom Z540 1.86 GHz

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Screen Size: 7″

Resolution: 1024 x 600

Processor: Cortex A8 1GHz

Dell Streak 7

Dell Streak 7

OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Screen Size: 7″

Resolution: 800 x 480

Processor: Nvidia Tegra 2  1GHz

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