The iPad and Its Competitors
A few competitors of the very popular iPad are appearing on the market. The iPad is known for its 9.7-inch LED display and accurate multi-touch screen. At only 1.5 points, it is convenient for all users and can meet a variety of needs. Due to the variety of options, the iPad is priced from $499 to $829. From internet and educational apps like Kindle, to the countless gaming apps and picture albums, the iPad has been a unique piece of technology until recent competitors have joined the market.
The Toshiba Folio is a tablet with Android technology. Like the iPad, buyers can choose between Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 3G. It has a slighter larger screen at 10.2-inches, 1.3-megapixel Webcam, and 16 GB of memory, compared to the iPad’s 16, 32, or 64 GB options. The Folio also allows for various external connections with two USB ports, an HDMI connector for video sending, an SD card slot, and Bluetooth capabilities. The Folio is priced at $511.
Another competitor is the 5-inch Dell Streak. Dell is aggressively competing in the tablet category. Even though the Streak is described by critics as a good Android device, the software is already going out of technology style. Its Android 1.6 is old compared to the 2.2 version that most new tablets have. The Streak is available for $299 with a two-year AT&T contract or unlocked for $549.
Two other tablets are supposedly in the making: the Blackpad, from the maker of BlackBerry, and the HP Slate with Windows 7. More information on these should be become available as they are created.
A final competitor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, is coming out to be the top rival of the iPad. This tablet has Android technology as most of the new tablets do. It’s smaller and lighter than the iPad at 7-inches. It has 16 or 32 GB memory options, GPS and a gyroscope. The device also has an accelerometer, which allows it to have similar qualities to the iPad. The major difference between the iPad and the Galaxy Tab is that the Samsung tablet can only be bought through a carrier, which also makes the Galaxy Tab a phone. This device is like a super smartphone, selling for $399. It has debatably better features than the iPad and a lower cost, so it may prove to be legitimate competition in the previously monopolized tablet market.
This post has been provided by Nicolas D’Alleva. Nicolas is the owner and CTO of Specialty Answering Service, a cheap answering service serving businesses nationwide. Specialty has offices all over the United States including a new Chicago answering service to manage calls for Illinois businesses.
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