The Comparison Of Existing iPad Alternatives


After iPad's appearance in late April many Apple's competitors decided to release their own tablets. Almost four months had passed since that moment and now we decided to study the market of iPad's rivals and write down every one that worth attention.

But before we start the list it is important to note that we chose the tablet devices that satisfied next criteria:

  1. No physical keyboard;
  2. Availability for purchase;
  3. The screen must be at least 5''.

Let's go!

1. Archos 5 Internet Tablet

Price: $299 for 16GB version

OS: Android 1.6

Screen: 4.8" (800x480), resistive

Paris-based company Archos knew how to make excellent portable media centers long before the iPad appeared. These three models are an excellent example of evolution of media players into tablets.

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2. Archos 7 Home Tablet

Price: $199

OS: Android 1.5

Screen: 7", (800x480), resistive

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3. Archos 9

Price: $549.99

OS: Windows 7 Starter Edition

Screen size: 8.9", (1024x600), resistive

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4. Augen Gentouch78

Price: $150

OS: Android 2.1

Screen size: 7", (800x480), resistive

Though it has an unauthorized version of Android Marketplace, its price is quiet impressive.

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5. Dell Streak

Price: $549.99

OS: Android 1.6 at first; 2.2 later this year

Screen size: 5" (800x480), capacitive

Dell positions it as a data device with an ability to make calls, not a phone with an ability to work with data.

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6. EnTourage eDGe

Price: $539

OS: Android 1.6

Screen size: The model has a 10.1" LCD touchscreen  (1024x600) and 9.7" E-Ink touchscreen (1200x825).

The company developed its own app store and e-book store to promote its product.

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7. Fusion Garage JooJoo

Price: $499

OS: Linux Ubuntu

Screen size: 12.1" (1366х768), capacitive

Also formerly known as CrunchPad, the device was intended to be a direct iPad's rival that has Ubuntu preinstalled. But currently it has a browser-based Linux OS with a bunch of internet apps.

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Apart from these models there are more to appear soon. Stay tuned with us to know more on that!

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