Take One Tablet in the Morning. But Which One?

Soon the Chinese will celebrate The Year of The Rabbit. The rest of us will celebrate The Year of the Tablet. Apple’s runaway success with the iPad has spawned an army of emulators and imitators that will leave consumers utterly bewildered when the time comes to choose.  And the time is approaching rapidly when everyone will want one, from students to business executives. Researchers project between 24 and 42 million tablets to be sold in the United States in 2011, according to New York Times‘s Joshua Brustein.

To assist the perplexed, the New York Times recently published a guide to the pluses and minuses of such iPad rivals as the Motorola Xoom, the H. P. Slate, the Dell Streak, the Blackberry Playbook and the Samsung Gallery Tab.

Conclusions? Though the Apple product “remains the dominant tablet computer,” its rivals exhibit some features like flash support that make them genuinely competitive.  And one, the Xoom, was named best gadget at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

With its huge jump on the rest of the pack, Apple doesn’t have a lot to worry about being surpassed. But neither will it have the field to itself any longer.

Read Tablets, Compared here, then pay yer money and take yer choice.

Richard Curtis

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