Apple iPad vs. HP, Google, Microsoft and RIM

By Peter Chubb - May 15, 2010

Before Apple proved ho popular its iPad device was a number of other companies said that they had pans to launch one themselves – such as Microsoft and HP. However, since the popularity of Apple’s tablet device these other companies have now gone back to the drawing board, as they need to make some major changes.

Microsoft has delayed their planned tablet device, which HP was meant to develop with them. However, Hewlett Packard looks as though their game plan has changed. There were rumors that they would develop their slate device running webOS after their acquisition of Palm.

For those of you looking forward to another option besides the Apple iPad, you will be pleased to learn that Google and Verizon are working on a device of their own. This tablet device looks certain to run on Android OS, but the search engine giant could even use the upcoming Chrome OS.

Apple has partnered with AT&T with their iPad device – Google have chosen Verizon. This could be the turning point as The Big Red is considered to be the better carrier of the two.

There is still another choice though – RIM is thought to be working on a tablet of their own, which will run on the BlackBerry OS. However, we have to wonder how it will cope in the consumer market? Research In Motion have tried to move away from their business market with their Storm smartphones – but we all know how that has turned out for them.

We do wonder if HP, Google, Microsoft and RIM will ever be a contender of the Apple iPad?

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