Apple always makes the hottest new gadgets. Right not the hot new gadget is the Apple iPad. While Apple may often be the first to have a gadget out they are not the only ones who end up selling the same gadgets. Apple is the first and often the most expensive. Some people including myself do not even like Apple products because of bad experience with how Apple products work or more appropriately do not work. Whether you do not want to buy an Apple because of price, some hatred of the companies products, or even like myself bad experiences with all Apple products there alternatives.
Apple also has an inability to innovate often resting on its laurels and letting others make the innovations and then adding them onto their products though many people are not aware of this because the ones who innovate are from China and not everyone sees the products before Apple takes them. This lack of innovation gives others a chance to see what Apple does and then offer something better. While many innovations are likely to come right now these are the best iPad alternatives.
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the best iPad alternatives. The Samsung Galaxy Tab weighs almost half as much as the Apple iPad. One major advantage that this machine has over the Apple is that it allows for upgrading with flash, Apple is notorious for hating flash. The Galaxy will also have twice the memory at 512. In addition the Galaxy also has two cameras one for video chat and a better one for taking photos. The biggest advantage that the Samsung Galaxy Tab has over the Apple iPad is that is does not block out other software. Apple is notorious for not only wanting proprietary software but it even tries to have proprietary hardware which can be a pain for Apple owners.
4. RIM BlackPad
Not surprisingly one of Apples biggest competitors in the phone business is also trying to become one of its biggest competitors in the tablet business too. The RIM BlackPad has a couple of advantages over the Apple iPad. The first advantage that the RIM BlackPad has is that it features a camera. Besides the added camere one major advantage that the RIM BlackPad has over the iPad is that it will be $100 cheaper. Persoanlly I prefer paying $100 less for a similar product that is also more likely to have fewer problems.
3. Asus Eee Pads
Asus is known for being a simple low end but cheap computer option and that is what you will get from their line of Eee pads. The Asus models will be sold for around $300-400 making them more affordable for more people. The lower price tag should help take some sales away from the iPad.
2. Dell Streak
The Dell Streak is priced similar to the Apple iPad however the Dell Streak has some advantages over the older iPad. The Streak will have an impressive 5MP camera. On top of the added camera the Streak also has far more memory including multiple memories one of which is a full 2GB though it is not user accessible and only for the machine to run but will improve performance. The Streak will be expandable up to 32GB. The Streak will also be much smaller then the iPad at only 220g. Having a major computer company making it means it should be a good tablet.
1. Sharp IS01
While Sharp is not well known as a phone maker in the US in Japan Sharp makes the very best and most high tech phones. Sharp decided to step into the ring and make its own tablet. This tablet is opposite most tablets being more a phone but looking more like a computer. I think that many people will prefer the keyboard that this offers. This looks just like a miniature computer. The reason the IS01 is number one on the list is it has the best specs and being a Sharp product it is expected to be very high tech and top of the line. Some features include two cameras one of which is 5.27mp, and an impressive 4gb of internal memory double the already impressive Streak and much larger then the Apple iPad. The one drawback is not all the features that the Japanese get will you be able to use here. The other drawback is it may not come to the US and you may have to import it but it should not be to hard to get if you want it. The Sharp IS01 is by far the best tablet that is going to be on the market making it the best iPad alternative.
While these are the best iPad alternatives they are not the only alternatives. Many more alternatives exist and it is likely that many more will be coming out. Just because the iPad may be more famous do not think that there are other options. Even if you are thinking about an Apple iPad check out some of the other options first you are likely to find a tablet that fits your needs.