- ipad alternatives
Galaxy Tab 10.1 does seem the best alternative option ATM.
Though I’ve yet to see one in the flesh and handle it… I did manhandle my friend ipad2 at the weekend and if I had a job, I’d just buy one, lovely lovely bit of kit.
Toshiba Thrive to arrive soon & looks cheap (in the US) – also very similar spec to the Galaxy?
Anyone know where the Acer Iconia fit into this market? Are the Win 7 tablets a different animal?Posted 6 years ago
(I know Win7 isn’t optimised for tablets like IOS or Android)heywayneMember
Toyed with the idea of an Android tablet for a while – but watching the Gadget Show convinced me to buy the iPad2. Everyone else is trying to manufacture an iPad alternative, and there’s a reason for that I guess.
So wanted an alternative, but there just isn’t one I guess.Posted 6 years agosimon_gSubscriber
You have to *really* be averse to owning an iPad to want an alternative IMO.
Interesting article/discussion on Slashdot today: http://slashdot.org/story/11/07/04/040215/Why-Are-There-So-Few-Honeycomb-Apps
I’d love to see more viable Android tablets and apps, just for some competiton. Right now though, you’d be bonkers to spend more than iPad money on a Xoom or similar.Posted 6 years agoBlobOnAStickSubscriber
I did wonder why the chap trying to sell me an iPad on Saturday had a bemused look on his face when I said I’d look for something else.
Like the OP, I would like a tablet, but want to avoid apple for some reason. I think it’s because I don’t like iTunes and the need to plug it into a PC to activate/register/back up and the problems I’ve had with the kid’s iPods. Oh, and the sound quality.
I was looking at the Archos 10.1, but there’s a new one of those coming out in September, so the answer again seems to be to wait.Posted 6 years agowooobobMember
I bought an Acer Iconia Honeycomb in the US – it was $450 which I think is a fair price. I’m really pleased with it – still waiting for more apps, but there’s enough to be getting on with and as an alternative to a lappy for tinterwebs on the sofa, games, social stuff, it’s brill.Posted 6 years ago
I have used a few different tablets – and personally none really compete with the ipad yet. So looks like I am getting an ipad for my other halves birthday! Doh.
For me the the best thing about iOS is the developer support currently surpasses others by a long way – there is so much good content for it (and the iphone) – for me this is the winning point.Posted 6 years agoDougalSubscriber
Like the OP, I would like a tablet, but want to avoid apple for some reason. I think it’s because I don’t like iTunes and the need to plug it into a PC to activate/register/back up and the problems I’ve had with the kid’s iPods
Wait till September, the need to sync with iTunes goes away in iOS 5.Posted 6 years ago
I now find myself wanting ot try this, even though it’s bound to be crap:Posted 6 years ago
one thing that concerns me about Android tabs is long-term support. I’ve a fairly recent Android handset, an HTC Desire, and it looks like an official, full version of Honeycomb will not be released. yes, I know I can root it and do it myself but I’d rather not. contrast this with my old iPhone which survived aPosted 6 years ago
few iterations of OS- I really got my moneys worth. the rush to release new hardware seems to affect Android vendors willingness to upgrade existing models.davcowMember
+1 for the Asus Transformer.
Picked one up for myself and its an awesome piece of kit.
@codybrennan – Honeycomb (3.0) will never be released for phones as it is a tablet OS only.
If you mean Gingerbread (2.3) for the Desire then HTC are currently working on it and should be available shortly.
But why wouldn’t you root and custom ROM it?
My Desire is currently running the Oxygen 2.3 ROM and it’s ace.
Custom ROM’d the transformer as soon as I got it…Posted 6 years agowoody74Subscriber
Might be worth waiting for the Amazon tablet that is due out August/September. Tablets are really all about the end to end experience and the others on the market so far have found it really hard to also compete with Apple on price, weight and battery life. Amazon tablet might be able to compete as they have a whole ecosystem behind the scenes to push and manage content and apps. You only have to look at the Kindle 3G to see a well thought out simple device. I still find it amazing that I can download a magazine to the Kindle on a beach in Greece and it costs me nothing network wise. You buy the mag or book and Amazon just deal with the rest of getting it to you and all the cost involved. No need to log onto networks, find wifi, have separate data package etc. I think if they can bring this type of thing to the tablet market then they might be onto an iPad killer.
ARM announced last week that their sales figures for chips were predicted to be down as loads of manufactures are putting tablets releases on hold or scaling back production as they just cant work out a way to compete with Apple yet. I think they have realised its not just the hardware specs.
Until they can work out a better complete ecosystem and experience for the bog standard non IT consumer then I think they will struggle with Apple.
I would get an iPad or wait for the Amazon tablet and see what they is like.Posted 6 years ago
@davcow: sorry, yes, meant 2.3. but you’re wrong re full 2.3- HTC have already said that a cutdown version only will be released. as to rooting it- little chances of me bricking it but it could happen, so I’d rather not. not a great fan of Apple per se but experience with Apple boxen tells me they tend to be better supported by the vendor.Posted 6 years ago
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