No doubt about it, the Apple iPad is currently the big kid on the block when it comes to internet tablets. But will this last forever? With new versions of a touch screen tablet springing up all the time, its hard to say how long the success of the iPad will last. It seems to be all about Apple right now, but can a competitor beat Apple at its own game?
Companies like Archos are coming out with a line of new Android tablet PCs that are likely to be a direct rival for the iPad and quite possibly take a bite out of Apples market share as the popularity of the Android operating system increases. Android tablets are sleek, attractive, and pack quite a punch in the specs department. With 5 new internet tablets on the way, Archos is positioning itself to be a hefty competitor.
How can a touch screen tablet that doesnt bear the Apple name ever overtake the immense popularity of iPad? The secret of taking out the king of tablets just might lie in the laundry list features of the Archos Android tablet family. Archos knows how to pack a lot of punch into one small device.
Some say the iPad is nothing more than a recreated iPhone or iTouch. It has been pointed out that the iPad has some inherent weaknesses that are getting ignored due to its trendiness. For example, flash isnt supported with an iPad. The line of Archos Android tablets does, which is a strong selling point. The iPad fails to have a multi-task function or the ability to watch TV (and the iPad doesnt have USB ports either) but the new Archos internet tablets have all of the above and then some. Some internet tablet the iPad is, eh?
Other touch screen tablet options besides those from Archos have emerged too such as the HP Slate and the Microsoft Courier. Quarters 3 and 4 of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 should be filled with a slew of new touch screen tablet debuts from many of the top tech companies looking to break into this increasingly competitive tablet market. Touch screen devices are all the rage now and tech companies will need to jump on the bandwagon in order to keep up with this fast paced industry that is powerfully led by Apple that is constantly evolving.
So when placed head to head, who wins? Is the Apple iPad actually superior or is this whole thing a marketing ploy by their skilled copywriters? Or are the Android tablets underrated pieces of history in the making? Competition for the iPad may be thicker than Apple originally thought.