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So you think your iPad is one-of-a-kind?

September 27, 2010

If you’re one of those people who have to have those top-of-the-line, brand new technological gadgets the first day they come out, you were probably one of the 300,000+ who camped out for days awaiting the release of the new iPad. The allure of this one of a kind touch tablet was too much for you to bear.

But was it worth it? The iPad did market itself originally as a breakthrough in new, one-of-a-kind technology, hopefully one day replacing the personal computer/laptop altogether. Although at the time this might have been true, it is not true anymore. Other companies have come up with iPad-equivalent technologies, but more appealing to those loyal PC users. Here are our top 3 iPad alternatives and how they measure up to the iPad itself.

ExoPC Slate
Rumors might be true that this critically acclaimed “iPad Killer” is the next best thing. With Windows 7 Premium Home Edition and a comfortable 11+ inch screen. Add on a 32 GB memory, 8.9-inch multi-touch screen, webcam, and full browser with flash support. It also has an Ethernet port as well as a way to hook up your bluetooth. What sets this apart from the iPad? The ExoPC Slate’s keyboard is supposed to flow with ease. It is super smooth and doesn’t give you all of the problems of the iPad’s faulty keyboard. Pre-orders for the ExoPC Slate began at the beginning of September, with a competitive price to the iPad.

NotionInk’s Adam Android
Add this to your Christmas list, since that’s when they’re planning on releasing this $129, 24-hr long battery tablet. But that’s not all that’s super cool about this tablet: add to that a 10 inch transflective screen–yes, that means you can take it outside, unlike the iPad which has terrible glare. There is also a 180 degree swiveling camera and a complete content eco-system at the fraction of the cost of the iPad. What are they waiting for for the release? Well, to stabilize flash, of course (which iPad has failed to do). Tablets like Adam, which run on Windows 7, plan to be as functional as the PC in terms of an operating system. All reviews point to Adam giving the iPad a run for its money, because, as far as I can tell, they’ve done it better.

WeTab
Say “guten tag” to the German alternative to the iPad. Hey, if they’re as good at making tablets as they are at making cars, then we should all be jumping on the bandwagon to buy one.  With clever tag lines like “we’ch out and touch faith” coupled with an 11.6 inch touch screen and 1366×768 resolution, the WeTab seems to out-do the iPad in more areas than one (aside from the 6 hr battery life). There is a 1.3 mega pixel camera as well that allows for taking photos and video chatting.  You can even make an inquiry on their website about being notified first when the WePad gets released.

The verdict: Unfortunately, at the moment, nothing has been created that you can buy that is even comparable to the iPad. Nonetheless, there will be a time (very soon, in fact) that you can buy these tablets that run on Windows 7 and have all of the compatibilities of a PC. It’s quite fantastic how Apple has revolutionized the tablet world. However, time may show these other competitors picking up the slack where the iPad lacks.