Upcoming Possible Competitors for Apple? [iPad]

There have been an abundance of articles talking about the future “iPad Killers”. Is there going to be such a thing an an “iPad Killer”? Is Apple’s iPad really going to decrease in percentage in the Market Share? Who knows? But there will be a lot of other tablet PC’s being released in the upcoming months. Here are the next Tablets coming to the Tablet market (Listed in order of release):

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab
  2. HP Slate 500
  3. BlackBerry PlayBook

The Samsung Galaxy Tab & the HP Slate 500 are expected to be released later this year, whilst the BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be released early 2011. Let us look at each of these Tablets individually. First up is the Samsung Galaxy Tab:

  • Display– 7″ & 1024 x 600 pixelsSamsung Galaxy Tab
  • Processor– 1 GHz
  • Weight– 0.8 lbs
  • Dimensions– 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.4″
  • Storage Options– 16 GB, 32 GB
  • Camera- 3 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera, video recording
  • OS– Android 2.2
  • Connectivity– Wi-Fi, 3G (on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, with contracts), Bluetooth
  • Flash Support– Supports Flash 10.1
  • Battery Life– 4,000 mAh rated for 7 hrs movie playback

7″ is 3″ smaller than the Apple iPad. Is that going to be a benefit? The OS is Android 2.2. Is Android going to please more users than IOS? Flash should be a honorable mention! Is it going to be worth having it? 7 hours of playback time, is 3 hours less than the Apple iPad. Having lower battery life than the competition is never a good thing… But maybe the Flash Support & Cameras will balance all the negatives

Let’s focus on the HP Slate 500:

  • Display– 8.9″
  • Processor– 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 CPU
  • Weight– N/AHP Slate 500
  • Dimensions– N/A
  • Storage Options– N/A
  • Camera– Front and back camera
  • OS– Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
  • Connectivity– 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Flash Support– Yes
  • Battery Life– 2 cell, 30Whr battery

The HP Slate 500 has an abundance of “N/A’s” which could make a huge difference in comparing with different products. As to all the Specs that are available, everything looks quite good. 2 Cameras (One in the front, & one in the back), Video Camera, Flash Support (Which Version?), Display is good enough, 1.86GHz Processor sounds very good. The thing I like most about the Slate, is the design. HP did an extremely good job on the design of the new HP Slate 500. FACT – In the early months of 2010 the HP Slate (That’s how it was called back then), was canceled. But 1-2 months later HP announced that it wasn’t canceled & that it was called HP Slate 500 from then on.

Last but not least, let us look at the specs of the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook:

  • Display– 7 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Processor– 1 GHz dual-core
  • Weight– 0.9 lbsBlackBerry PlayBook
  • Dimensions– 5.1″ x 7.6″ x 0.4″
  • Storage Options– 16 GB, 32 GB
  • Camera– 5 MP rear camera, 3 MP front camera, video recording
  • OS– QNX
  • Connectivity– Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Flash Support– Supports Flash 10.1
  • Battery Life– N/A

The BlackBerry PlayBook was originally going to be named “BackPad”, but for some strange reason it was re-named to “PlayBook”… I guess only RIM can explain that. All of the specs look somewhat OK. It looks like they won’t be offering any 64GB models, which is strange because the PlayBook is intended for Business People. The only spec I like about the PlayBook is the 5 Mega-Pixel Camera. The PlayBook must be able to take amazing pictures compared to the HP Slate 500 & the Samsung Galaxy Tab! That’s pretty much all I like about the PlayBook… I think RIM is just throwing a random product into the Tablet Market, all though they haven’t given it enough thought.

What do you think? Is RIM just trying to collect a piece of the Tablet Market Share? Which product is your favorite? Do these upcoming products possess a threat against the iPad? Tell us your thoughts in the Comments.

1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 CPU

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