Apple has had the tablet market all to itself this year with the iPad, which is a bit of a shock as the media hyped that 2010 was going to be the year of the tablet PC and not the netbook. We do not want to dwell on the past, let us look to the rest of the year and see what iPad alternatives we can expect for not only 2010 but 2011 as well?
The first device that springs to be mind is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, as we recently learned that they had released a teaser video. This could be the first iPad rival, but does it have what it takes? The simple answer is yes, as it has more than capable hardware and the Android 2.2 OS— but is that really enough? The tab has a 7-inch display, which seems funny, as there have been rumors that Apple could be working on an iPad of the same size.
The rest of the tablet market is a strange one, there have been a number of reviews of different tablets, but none of them will threaten the iPad any time soon. However, there are those that have the potential, but we are still in the dark as to their names, spec and release date details.
The first is the HP tablet, the latest seems to suggest that there will be two version, one running Windows 7 Enterprise and the other Palm webOS, which many believe will be a better system. Sticking with Windows 7, Microsoft is said to still be working on the Slate — although this project has been off and all since CES 2010.
Motorola and Verizon has announced that they too are working on a tablet device, and looking at their track record we could be looking at a Droid tablet and could possibly run on Android 3.0 Gingerbread.
Sticking with Android, they seem to be the ones that will offer the biggest threat to Apple, just as they do in the cell phone market. Many companies have announced that they will be backing Android in the tablet market; with some scheduled for release later this year, but most coming from the start of 2011.
RIM does not want to be left out of the party either, and rumors of a BlackBerry BlackPad show that. So we know that there are a number of Apple iPad alternatives coming, the question is — do they offer any threat?