The tablet market is about to explode with a host of different companies due to launch their own alternative to the iPad. It seems the iPad is about to face an onslaught from Android powered devices, which will try and take at least some of Apple’s share of the market. Did people really think Apple would be the only tablet maker?
Susan J Campbell of Gadgets.TMCnet is reporting that Blackberry is also planning getting in on the act with a tab nicknamed the BackPad. There is also a rumored Palm Pad and a Microsoft Solution. The biggest threat is expected to come from Android products, but not all will be a success. We may also be seeing the iPad 2 taking on all the newcomers to the tablet market.
Samsung may be Apple’s main competitor with the Galaxy Tab which is based on the popular Android powered Galaxy S range of phones. The possibility of this being available on all the major US carriers will further strengthen its appeal.
If rumors are true Apple are already planning their defense by using Target stores to sell the iPad from October. Last week we had Google saying that Android may not be ready for a device the size of the iPad. This could mean we see a smaller device first, or tablets using Google’s Chrome operating system.
The iPad has done for tablets what the iPod did for mp3 players, and has become the bench mark for everyone else to beat.