When the iPad was announced in 2010, many companies hurried to announce the release of similar products worthy of being considered iPad competitors. Unfortunately, the iPad 2 was released pretty soon after, so the daring companies felt the need to make one step back. That’s why, nowadays, after the recent release of the iPad 3, I’m wondering what has happened with the iPad killers that were announced in 2010.
One of the 2010 tablets that promised to be an iPad killer is the Archos 7. Unfortunately, the tablet “died” quietly without impressing the market that much. Not even it’s more advanced version, the Archos 70 can be considered a true tablet. It’s more of a portable media player that offers support for reading eBooks, browsing the Internet and inputting text, but not without making you the victim of delays. It seems that Archos’s developers weren’t that interested after all in following the iPad’s lead and doing better than it.
Next in line is the Asus Eee Pad that also promised in 2010 to challenge the iPad. What it did in the end is switch from Windows to Android and soon after disappear. However, it managed to leave behind the Asus Eee Pad Transformer that seems to be a pretty powerful tablet equipped with all the features necessary for allowing users to transform it into a laptop by simply adding a keyboard. However, the transformation’s mechanism is quite complicated. That’s definitely a downside.
My list of iPad killers must definitely also include the RIM Playbook that looks pretty stylish and makes available one of the best tablet browsers developed until now as well as competitive multitasking. However, the bulky design has discouraged many from buying this tablet that doesn’t offer many exciting features either.
Another iPad competitor that got lost along the way is the HP TouchPad that was actually considered a fantastic tablet because of its gorgeous interface, polished and performance enough to be competitive with the iPad. If that’s true it’s fair to ask yourself why I am taking about this tablet using past tense. Well, it’s because the fact that it’s non-Android OS was a huge disadvantage when it comes to the number of apps available. That’s the main reason why it lasted on the market just 2 months.
I must also mention the Dell Streak that should have better lost the tablet title and tried to be the exquisite device that the Samsung Galaxy Note is nowadays. This expected-to-be iPad killer offers a 5-inch screen, so it seems that its goal was to offer the portability of a smartphone combined with the viewing experience of a tablet. Apparently the combination resulted wasn’t that fortunate.
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