iPad alternatives & serious contenders in-depth comparison (good for Christmas ideas)

November 24, 2010 by | Comments
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There you are, we’ve gathered the most promising Android based alternatives to the iPad.

We have chosen to split the comparison by platform and capabilities, hence a Windows 7 based comparison will follow soon.

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Manufacturer Apple WeTab Toshiba Samsung Archos RIM

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Model iPad WeTab Folio 100 P1000 Galaxy Tab 101 Blackberry Playbook

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Main features

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Display size 9,7″ 11,6″ 10.1″ 7″ 10.1″ 7″

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OS IOS 3.22 MeeGoo & Android 2.0 Android 2.2 (Froyo) Android 2.2 (Froyo) Android 2.2 (Froyo) Android 2.2 (Froyo)

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Multitasking No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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RAM 256MB 1GB 512MB 512MB 256MB 1GB

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Internal storage 16/32/64GB 16/32GB 16 GB 16/32GB 8/16 GB 16/32GB

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External storage No 32GB 32GB 32GB ? No

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Slots No SDHC SD+MMC micro SD micro SD No

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CPU/Freq Apple A4/1 GHz Intel Atom N450 Pineview-M/1,66 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 (250) Cortex A8/1.GHz Cortex A8/1.GHz Cortex A8/1.GHz

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Graphics PowerVR SGX 535 Intel GMA 3150 graphics (32GB also includes PCIe x1 Broadcom CrystalHD BCM70015) Tegra 2 Built in PowerVR SGX 540 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 PowerVR SGX 540

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Display & Imaging

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Display matrix 1024×768 1366×768 1024×600 1024×600 1024×600 1024×600

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Display technology IPS TN TN IPS TN ?

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Touch screen Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive

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Multi touch Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Camera No No No 3.2MP No 5MP

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Autofocus - - - Yes - ?

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Camera Flash - - - LED - ?

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Webcam No 1.3MP 1.3 MP 1.3 MP 0.3MP 3 MP

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Connectivity

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Bluetooth Yes (2.1+EDR) Yes (2.1+EDR) Yes (2.1+EDR) Yes (3.0) Yes (2.1+EDR) Yes (2.1+EDR & A2DP)

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WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11b/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n

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USB No Yes, 2 Yes, 2 (standard & mini) No Yes Yes, mini

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HDMI No Yes, 1080p (32GB mod. only) Yes, mini No Yes Yes

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Infrared No No No No No No

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3G Yes Yes (32GB mod. only – HSDPA/UMTS: 850, 1900, 2100 MHz) Yes Yes (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA7.2 Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz) No No

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GSM/EDGE Yes (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) Yes (32GB mod. only: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) Yes (850/900/1800/1900MHz) Yes: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz No No

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GPS Yes (Wi-Fi + 3G model only) Yes (32GB mod. only) ? Yes No No

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Services

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SMS No Yes Yes Yes No ?

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MMS No Yes No Yes No ?

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Push Email Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?

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Formats

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Applications Apple apps WeTab Meta-Store integrates multiple Stores,
Support for native, Java, Linux, Adobe AIR® and Android Apps
Toshiba Market place Android Market and Samsung Apps Andorid Market place ?

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eBook ePub, PDF, iBooks,Kindle,Barnes & Nobles ePub, PDF, TXT, Mobipocket, WeBook premium ePub,PDF,FB2,oeb ePub, PDF ? ?

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Audio AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR,Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA, AAC MP3,AAC-LC,HE-AAC v1 & v2,AMR,AMR-NB,MIDI,WAVE, WMA9, WMA mp3, m4a, mp4, 3gp, 3ga, wma, ogg, oga, aac, flac MP3 CBR & VBR, WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1,WAV (PCM/ADPCM), AAC, AAC+ 5.13,OGG Vorbis, FLAC, AC3 5.1 MP3, AAC and WMA

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Images JPEG, TIFF, GIF JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF

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Video H.264,
in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov
file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) in .avi file format
H.264, AVI, WMV, DivX, OGG, FLV, MP4 H.264 (CABAC 720p,CAVLC 1080p),MPEG-4(SP;ASP),H.263(3GP,MOV), WMV 9,MJPEG 3gp, mp4, avi, wmv, flv, mkv (Codec: MPEG4, H.263, Sorenson H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX/XviD) AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP , H.264 H.264, MPEG4, WMV, DivX

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Subtitles Yes ? ? ? Yes, (.srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub) ?

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Misc

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Alarm No ? Yes Yes Yes ?

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Audio out Yes (3.5mm jack) Yes Yes (3.5mm jack) Yes (3.5mm jack) Yes (3.5mm jack) ?

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Speakers Yes, 3 ? Yes, 2 (Stereo) ? Yes ?

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Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?

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Ambient light Yes Yes No No No ?

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Accelerometer Yes Yes ? ? Yes ?

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Magnetometer Yes No No No No ?

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Date announced 1/27/10 4/12/10 Sep-2010 Aug-2010 ?

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Date released Apr-10 Sep-10 5/11/2010 Nov-2010 ? fq 2011

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In the box Dock Connector to USB Cable,
10W USB Power Adapter,
Documentation
Dock, Case and Sleeve, Wireless Keyboard, broad support for standard PC peripherals User’s Manual,AC Adapter,Quick start guide USB Power adapter,PC Data Cable,Headset, quick start guide Standard USB cable, Quick Start Guide (QSG), power charger. ?

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Dimensions

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Battery 10 hours video,140 hours audio,1 month standby about 6 hours when idle, about 2 hours on low CPU utilization 7 hrs (1020mAh, 3,7V, 22600mWh) 7 hour movie play (4,000mAh) Music playback time: up to 36hrs,
Video playback time: up to 7hrs, Web surfing: up to 10hrs
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Dimensions 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4 mm (9.56″ x 7.47″ x 0.53″) 295 × 195 × 15mm (11.6″ × 7.7″ × 0.59″) 281 x 181 x 14mm 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm (7.48″ x 4.74″ x 0.47″) 270 x 150 x 12 mm 130 x 194 x 10 mm (5.1?x7.6?x0.4?)

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Weight 680g (1.5lb) 1,002 g (2.21 lb) 760 g 380g (0.8 lb) 480g 400 g (0.9 lb)

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Price USD 499/829 EUR 449/549 EUR 399/499 USD 599 USD 350 USD 300/500

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Website www.apple.com/ipad www.wetab.mobi www.toshiba-multimedia.com/eu/journe-tablets-photo-frames/folio100/ galaxytab.samsungmobile.com/ www.archos.com/products/ta/archos_101it/index.html?country=us&lang=en us.blackberry.com/playbook-tablet/

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Reviews

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Cons As always, closed Apple environment, limited audio/video supported formats No access to Android Market

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Pros Bright display, tons of apps available, stylish

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