Tech Tuesday – Top 5 iPad alternatives
In an attempt to prove I am not totally biased towards Apple, here are FRC’s top 5 iPad alternatives.
I know, I know, I am an Apple-a-holic. I have an iMac, a Macbook, 2 iPhones, 2 iPods, and an appletv. I have a problem, but they are just so shiny and pretty, plus I am very much a sucker for a good sales pitch
“ Hi, My name is Scott, and I am an Apple-a-holic”
There I am well on my way into the 12 steps. So bear with me. As part of this desaturation of technological products, I have been looking into iPad alternatives.
Although I still think the iPad is the strangest and most pointless of the apple products, I am sure I can browse just as quick by picking up my macbook as I would form picking up the iPad, I have been window shopping. Not for an over sized iphone, not for an undersized netbook, but for an alternative to an iPad.
It seems that there are some really good android alternatives. Some are a lot cheaper, some do more, but can they really be better?
Here are FRC’s Top 5….
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – £370
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers a direct alternative to Apple’s iPad 2. Sporting the Tegra 2 dual-core CPU, it’s both marginally thinner and lighter than the iPad 2. This is some achievement, especially when you consider the fuss Apple made about how thin and light the iPad 2 was on launch. If you want an iPad-like tablet that’s not an iPad, this is the one. The prices are the same as the iPad 2, so it’s a straight shoot-out on features…
Sony Tablet S – From £399
As a veritable mega-giant in the consumer tech universe, Sony’s landing on Planet Tablet was always going to be interesting. Blasting off alongside the fold-in-half Tablet P, the Tablet S has a unique wedge-shaped design and top-end specs. It’s a very decent and refined tablet, and has the unique feature of having access to original PlayStation games. The only issue is that it’s not as tidy as the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apart from that, it’s one of the best Android tablets out there.
Toshiba AT100 / Thrive – £349
There’s a predicament with the Toshiba AT100: it has a certain appeal for advanced users who’ll appreciate the slick performance, but the bulky size is a major problem. One brilliant move was to make the USB and HDMI ports full size. You can just unplug your Xbox and snap in the Toshiba AT100 when you want to watch on an HD TV. The tablet enables you to plug in a regular keyboard and mouse – this ease of adding peripherals is a win. Battery life is another bonus. Yet, the hefty size and weight (plus the passable screen quality) is the main reason we prefer other recent tablets.
HTC Flyer – £465
HTC has decided to release the tablet running on Android Gingerbread, which will upset some purists that believe these tablets should run on Honeycomb. However, the HTC Sense overlay deals with that, offering a new range of widgets and content to mask the fact it’s running older versions of the OS (although a Honeycomb update is imminent). The new tablet has a 7-inch LCD screen, and comes with an aluminium unibody shell that feels very nice in the hand.
Viewsonic Viewpad 7 – £167
The Viewsonic Viewpad 7 is exactly the same, albeit slightly more expensive than the Linx Commtiva N700 – and confusingly, Viewsonic is marketing it as a smartphone. It’s a terrible smartphone but it’s a fairly competent 7-inch Android tablet: its 600MHz processor isn’t really fast enough for Flash though, not to mention recent Android releases. There’s no Android 3.0 on board here though, so this should only be considered if you can get it for a cut-down price.
Have you got a tablet? What about an iPad? Or do you think they are pointless? Comment below…