RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
Netbook Navigator Nav 9 Slate
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Toshiba Folio 100
Viewsonic Viewpad 7
Apple's iPad is here and selling by the truckload. It's busily redefining the whole mobile PC market by making touchscreen-only tablet PCs cool, hip, and user-friendly. It was long-awaited and hotly-rumored before it arrived earlier in 2010. But oddly enough, despite all that warm up, it hasn't had any real rivals arrive in the intervening months. Until now that is: An army of iPad competitors, clones, family members and bare-faced copies are about to march into battle. We took a stroll among 'em, and picked the best, most interesting or just the weirdest to show you.
It was rumored, and now it's here--or at least, it's been revealed: RIM's answer to the iPad, and its attempt to steal marketshare from iPad in the enterprise space (RIM's habitual home). When it becomes real, it will reportedly connect to BlackBerry smartphones for 3G tethering, and also for all the high-security traditional BlackBerry business goodness. And it's specced to beat this year's iPad. Sadly, by the time it's scheduled to arrive Apple's tech will have marched far on, but at least RIM is keeping some specs close to its chest before it finalizes the design (like the all-important price!).
Price: Unknown, but rumors are form $200 to $1,000
Screen: 7-inch, 1024 by 600 pixel multi-touch
Specs: BlackBerry QNX-based Tablet OS, 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, Flash 10.1 capable, Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI-out, 5 megapixel auto-focus rear webcam, 3 megapixel front-camera, dedicated app store
Due: "Mid 2011.
Fast Company Five Word Review: Amazingly promising, alas too late.