Apple finally invited media to a march 7 event which is expected as announcement for companies new tablet, iPad 3. Apple dominates tablet market as no other device out there that can surpasses iPad 2 on every level. But there is a long list of more efficient, powerful, feature rich but cheaper tablets in market. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Amazon’s Kindle Fire are the two most popular devices from where iPad faces a strong competition.
In recent years Smartphone and Tablet PC market boosted a lot and mobile phone manufacturing companies like Nokia, BlackBerry are send into dust by smartphone manufacturers Apple and Samsung. Not just by Tablet manufacturing companies Apple will also face a strong competition in operating system field by Google’s Android OS. The more and more delay in iPad 3 release date will tilt the scale in favor to Android OS. Taking these factors in mind Apple iPad will face a stiffer competition then its predators iPad 2.
Here we are going to summarize top Apple iPad competitors.
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab:
Samsung is the biggest rival of Apple in Smartphone as well as Tablet market. Samsung Galaxy devices (both Galaxy smartphone and Tablets) are the most admirable devices since their launch. Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs on version 3.1 of Google’s Android OS and is powered by an NVidia Tegra 2 chipset consisting of a dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU and ULP GeForce GPU. Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers 1GB RAM and 16GB, 32GB & 64GB of on-board storage.
Samsung’s tablet also offers a decent 3.15-megapixel camera, capable of 720P video capture, and also packs a front-facing 2-megapixel camera which is the plus point in Galaxy Tab.
2. Kindle Fire:
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a 7 inch excellent touch screen device with a price advantage over iPad. Kindle Fire prices starts from $199 only which far cheaper than Apple’s iPad. Kindle Fire is among most sold tablets. Device has a long lasting battery and access to Amazon’s huge retail store.
Amazon Kindle Fire has heavily modified Android 2.3 operating system. Device runs on 1GHz Texus Instruments OMAP 4 4430 CPU, 512MB RAM. Kindle Fire comes with microUSB port, Amazon Sevices bundled, 8GB storage. Kindle Fire has a variety of applications available in Amazon market.
3. Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime & TF101:
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is another biggest threat to Apple iPad. Transformer Prime is hugely powerful, boasting a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU, next-gen ULP GeForce GPU and 1GB RAM, and also offers a quality 10.1-inch Super IPS+ LCD display with a pixel density of 149PPI.
While Transformer TF101 has NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1.0GHz dual-core CPU which is excellent for multitasking & HD video playback. Device has full QWERTY keyboard, Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS) with up to 16 hours of battery backup which is mind blowing. 3D stereo with max bass response with SRS premium sound make it an excellent entertainment device. Device priced at Euro 499 only.
4. Sony S Tablet:
Sony, the leading electronics manufacturing company faces losses in revenue as well as reputation. Sony jumped in Tablet market in late 2011 with its two tablets named as Sony S and Sony P. The Tablet S is a full featured device that offers a high-quality 161ppi TFT display, NVidia Tegra 2 T20 chipset, with the CPU clocked to 1GHz, and the same superb ULP GeForce GPU. The Tablet S is also pretty easy on the eye, looks business class which sets the tablet apart from other, more flimsy looking devices, and the tapered form factor.
Sony Tablets has an impressive camera, and shots captured by the 5-megapixel primary snapper (which also benefits from autofocus, geo-tagging, image stabilization, face and smile detection) are generally of excellent quality.
5. HTC Flyer:
HTC Flyer is a 7-inch tablet works well for people who like to write and comes with an optional pen for highlighting, annotating and drawing. HTC Flyer runs on Android Honeycomb and has 1.5 GHz single-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM. With 5 MP rear and 3MP front-facing camera which is capable of video calls makes it a big Apple iPad rival.
6. Motorola Xoom & Xoom 2
Motorola Xoom 2 is successor of companies Xoom tablet, both runs on Android OS. Xoom 2 is a good looking, powerful and feature rich tablet that can turn the head of any Apple lover. Motorola Xoom 2 features a 10.1-inch TFT display, a dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, ULP GeForce GPU and 1GB RAM. For capturing good images tablet has a decent 5-megapixel primary camera capable of 720P video capture and 1.3-megapixel secondary for video calling.
7. Nook tablet:
Nook tablet is 7 inch device with resolution of 1024×600 like Kindle Fire and is made for reading. Nook (Barnes and Noble or B&N) and Amazon are rival to each other in tablet as well as e-book store field. Nook has 1GB RAM and 16 GB of storage capacity, which is more than enough for your e-book storage. But you can adds up to a whopping 48GB of memory with microSD card. Nook has a battery life of 11 hours.
8. BlackBerry Playbook:
The BlackBerry PlayBook is designed to be mobile and business-friendly. PlayBook is 130mm wide and 194mm in height which is small enough to hold with one hand, slip in a laptop bag side pouch. The Playbook is powerful and has brilliant multitasking capabilities. For better experience you must have a BlackBerry smartphone.
BlackBerry PlayBook has BlackBerry Tablet OS (QNX), 1GHz Cortex A9 dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, 7-inch capacitive LCD at 1024×600, 3MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera, 400g.
9. Toshiba Thrive:
The Toshiba Thrive (or AT100 in Europe) is a good choice for those who like the idea of full-size HDMI and USB ports. Toshiba Thrive runs on Android 3.2 OS and has 1GHz dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, 10.1-inch capacitive screen at 1280×800 (WXGA). Device has choices of 8GB / 16GB / 32GB in-board storage. For photography purposes this device has 5MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera. For a specific use, including customizations and future upgrades, the Toshiba AT100 offers some extra flexibility. This Tablet has some weight and screen issues.
10. Acer Iconia Tab A500:
Acer Iconia Tab A500 does not offer good look as of Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab or Sony Tablet S. Device runs on Android 3.0 operating system and powered with Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core CPU & 1GB RAM. 10.1-inches of touch screen adds a worth to it. Iconia is 3G device and has a 5MP rear-facing camera.
For being tablet market king iPad 3 will must have some decent and unique features. Big displays, slim body, powerful dual core or quad core processors are things of past as there are many competitors juicing up their line of tablet PCs. If Apple cut the prices of iPad line then it could be a game over for tablet rivals.