Android Tablets Flood Market, Challenge iPad

PCWorld: Android Tablets Flood Market, Challenge iPad

PC World spotlights tablets from Toshiba, Samsung, Viewsonic, Archos and Stream TV, ranging in price from $299 to $1,000.

“Many Android tablets will soon reach shelves to compete with Apple’s iPad, which has not faced a worthy challenger yet. Samsung, Toshiba, ViewSonic and Archos recently announced tablets with screen sizes ranging from 7 inches to 10 inches. These tablets are not just cheap knockoffs, but legitimate competitors that outdo the iPad on certain features. Toshiba’s Folio 100 features better video capabilities with full 1080p HD video support, topping iPad’s 720p video support. These tablets also include USB ports and run Android 2.2 OS, bringing Flash support for Internet video, which the iPad lacks. The iPad is considered a well-rounded tablet, but a sticking point has been its US$499 starting price. The latest Android tablets come at prices ranging from $299 to $1,000, depending on screen size and features.

Dual-core power

Toshiba’s earliest entry in the tablet space is the Folio 100, which has speed and graphics capabilities that could make it the iPad’s most potent competitor. The tablet comes with a 10.1-inch screen, slightly larger than iPad’s 9.7-inch screen, and runs on Google’s Android 2.2 OS. The devices are about equally portable: The Folio weighs 760 grams (1.67 pounds), while the iPad weighs 680 grams.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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