As far as modern, highly hyped tech goes, the iPad has been somewhat disappointing. Consumers were really expecting a lot more bang for their buck when it came to the little touch-screen controlled, web-surfing, socializing organizer. The main issue initially was that Apple had no competition in the iPad field. Some out there are looking for alternatives to the iPad that satisfy their specific needs. Just what are some of your options? Separately they may not be able to achieve all the capabilities of the iPad, but they each scratch their respective itches and in most cases are considerably more affordable.
1. Nintendo DSi or (Nintendo 3DS)
It’s hard to top Nintendo’s touch-screen pioneer, the DS. The latest iteration of the handheld gaming device, the DSi, features several distinct features that iPad dissidents may just want to consider. The DSi features dual cameras, a free Opera web browser, a music player, downloadable games, and compatibility with the Nintendo DS library. Considerably less expensive, though not nearly as versatile in features, the DSi is a great alternative for those wanting the iPad for the innovative touch-screen, gaming, and general internet purposes. If you’re interested in a bigger screen- the Nintendo DSi XL will fit your needs. Anyone willing to wait a few months can make the upcoming Nintendo 3DS their choice- the extremely impressive successor to the DSi with 3D support and a host of new, stellar games announced for it.
2. Nokia E63-2 or Sprint HTC Evo
This 3G (4G in the case of the Sprint) smartphone from Nokia offers a number of the bells and whistles of the iPad with a much more refreshing price tag. Take beautiful photos, surf the web, send off e-mails and text messages, and quite a bite more. Though those not looking to replace their current phone will have to move on. While very affordable, you’ll also find the Nokia E63-2 isn’t exactly the highest end phone on the block. Still, it gets the job done. For those more interested in the bells and whistles, the Sprint HTC Evo has you covered.
3. Acer Aspire Revo
Though not a portable system, the Acer Aspire Revo is essentially the best alternative for someone looking for an inexpensive, intimidating console for internet use will be satisfied with it. The only real flaw with this minute desktop is its lack of an optical drive, forcing users to either not utilize discs or purchase an external one. It isn’t the most powerful PC and won’t run a lot of higher end games or software, but it’s got a lot of potential for someone not looking to max their console out.
4.Dell Adamo XPS
The world’s smallest notebook might just be more up your alley if the Apple iPad isn’t your thing. Browse the internet, store and create photos and documents, and whatever else you might need that the iPad just can’t handle. The main problem with the Dell Admo XPS? It’s very expensive- though it’s longer list of capabilities as well as its higher level of sophistication might lull away some consumers.
5. Sony PSP
Highly unsuccessful gaming rival to the Nintendo DS, the PSP isn’t completely worthless. Someone looking for an inexpensive portable way of using the internet, listening to music, and playing video games will be very happy for Sony’s little handheld.
6. Barnes and Noble Nook eReader
. There are those that desire an iPad purely to use as an eReader. For those not interested in paying for features they won’t readily utilize, the Barnes and Noble Nook is for you. A versatile touch-screen, huge library of books, and an appealing price tag might just persuade you!