While the iPad has had the benefit of a surprise attack, its successor will not be so lucky. Many manufacturers, some from the Android battlefront, others sporting original â€œhome-madeâ€ operating systems have worked hard and prepared their reply to the new iPad 2.
Scheduled to reach stores on July 1, Hewlett Packardâ€™s creation incorporates many interesting features, including the ability to connect an HP smartphone for data transfer purposes through a simple physical touch between the two devices. This and the improved webOS as well as full multitasking support make the TouchPad a powerful contender.
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
While it will never match the iPad 2â€™s technical abilities, the Research In Motion tablet is a great alternative to Appleâ€™s design for enterprise users, being perfectly compatible with BlackBerry smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Currently considered the best Android tablet on the market, it is clear why this device will strongly compete with the iPad 2. Itâ€™s 10.1 inch display will certainly attract consumers who want to enjoy games and other such forms of entertainment.
Apple MacBook Air
While some would say that comparing two different device types makes no sense, MacBook Airâ€™s lightweight and thing profile, as well as the soon implementation of Max OS X Lion, which will bring multitouch gestures to the platform ensure that the iPad 2 will not be the only Apple product presenting sleek hand-on functionality.
The tablet will come with a 9.4 inch display and Android operating system. While it will certainly not beat the iPad 2, Sonyâ€™s implementation of Qriocity as well as the PlayStation Suite, a platform allowing users to enjoy old PS 1 games on the tablet, the S1 will most likely grab its fair share of the market.
A stronger creation from the manufacturing company, the S2 will come with two 5.5â€ displays that can be used either individually or together, creating unique possibilities in the tablet market. Moreover, to sustain this feature, the tablet will sport a clamshell design, enabling consumers to fold the device in order to increase its mobility. This tablet, perhaps even more so than the S1, will indeed prove to be a threat.
Apple iPhone 4
Again, like the MacBook Air, this will prove to compete with the iPad due to similarities in functions and design. Moreover, unlike the iPad 2, the iPhone 4 can also make calls.
HP Pavilion dm3t Laptop
While the tablet tries to incorporate as many work-related features, ultimately if users want to have increased productivity as well as speed, the Pavilion dm3t, around the same price as an iPad 2, will certainly appease them.
Perhaps not the best of the Android front, the tablet comes with a 10.1 inch display and a front as well as rear-facing cameras. However, coming on at $429.99 or $479.99 depending on storage, it is certainly cheaper than the iPad 2.
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook
Although certainly limited to a very select clientele, this notebook is small, easily mobile, and perfectly suited for users who run their daily routine around web-based apps.
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By Radu Tyrsina