Today we have revealed two pretty impressive Apple iPad rivals, these are the Dell Streak and the MSI Slatebook, one of which is a direct competitor to the iPad, the other is a smartphone with a massive display, which could perhaps be utilized in ways which rule out the need for an Apple iPad.
Lets start with similarities and price differences, all three devices feature WiFi connectivity, multitouch gestures and 3G connectivity, however these come at different costs. To buy an Apple iPad (lets ignore the non-3G capable models) you must spend at $629 for a 16GB model, $729 for a 32GB model and $829 on a 64GB model.
The MSI Slatebook will apparently be available from data carriers later this year (Q3 apparently), although pricing is unconfirmed suggestions point to an impressive sub $500 price. As it is Windows 7-based it should have a storage capacity of at least 20GB (unless the OS is severely tweaked and cut-down), some experts believe that a 32GB SSD could be used with an microSD memory card for additional storage.
If you check out our previous post you can find out more about the MSI Slatebook including specs, there is no doubt that hardware specifications and pricing are extremely competitive towards the iPad, but can a Windows 7-based tablet deliver a ‘tablet experience’ on par with the an iPhone OS-based iPad?
A good way to describe the Dell Streak is to call it a smartphone with tablet-like tendencies, pricing details are unconfirmed at present, however even if it was priced slightly higher than the current 32GB iPhone 3GS model (currently at $287) it could be seen as an affordable alternative to the iPad.
Obviously there are some major differences, the iPad features a large 9.7 inch display, whereas the Streak’s display is just 5 inch in diagonal, this is large for a smartphone, but small for a tablet. Also as standard the Streak only has 2GB of internal storage, however this can be added to via removable memory cards of up to 32GB.
Other specs include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity Rumors suggest that an Android 2.2 FroYo update will be available in the future for the Streak, which will mean it’s Android operating system will be Flash capable.
Again the big question is what sort of ‘tablet experience’ can a 5 inch Android-based tablet deliver, the iPad combines a large display with iPhone OS to give users what Apple think is the best experience for their users, however who said that a 5 inch tablet cant offer an equally good experience at a far cheaper price?
I suppose it all comes down to what you want from a tablet, some will say that the iPad delivers the perfect all-round experience, however some may just want an affordable tablet which offers simplistic and intuitive access to the Internet, documents and social networks.
Which is your favorite alternative to the iPad?