No doubt, tablet market is very well dominated by Apple compared to any other firm because there is no other device which can beat iPad 2 on each level. Apple has introduced its third-generation iOS tablet iPad 3 on 7th March and set it to be released on 16th March. As it comes with lots of upgrading in terms of under the hood specs as well as display capabilities, many frenzied people will pick up this new iPad 3 on 16th by giving up their old one – swiftly without any hesitation. However, there are some powerful, feature rich, more efficient but cheaper tablets available in market. While none of these device are rather the same as the iPad, but they stand for a reasonable alternative often at a significant saving. So before making an instant decision of acquiring Apple’s latest iPad, just check out some of the other Realistic Alternatives.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung is the leading competitor of Apple in the market of Tablets as well as Smartphones. Both the Galaxy Tablets and Galaxy smartphones are the most venerable devices since their launch. Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered with a dual-core Cortex-A9 NVidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM and ULP GeForce GPU, and it runs on Google’s Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS. It sports a decent 3.15-MP rear camera with LED flash & 720P video capture capability, and a 2-MP front-facing camera that is the plus point in Galaxy Tab. It comes with three on-board storage alternatives of 16GB, 32GB & 64GB. The appearance of Galaxy Tab 10.1 is classy and it features a lot of “exclusive to Samsung” apps extended across various hubs such as Gaming Hub, Social Hub and the brand new Learning Hub.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE version is easily noticeable from the bunch, thanks to its amazingly skinny and lightweight body by today’s standards. The price of 16GB Wi-Fi version is listed $399.99 and 16GB LTE version is listed $699.99 outright or $529.99 on-contract. It is even worth pointing that Samsung is always being eager to release timely updates and it frequently adds new features to please its consumers. Offering an array of multimedia features and being very easy to use, Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a solid rival to the iPad.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Transformer Prime is the world’s first tablet powered by a quad-core processor. It is hugely powerful device with 1.3-GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core CPU, 1GB RAM and next-generation ULP GeForce GPU. It is featured with a quality 10.1” Super IPS+ LCD display and it looks solid and stylish, thanks to its metallic body. The operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime can even be used as a netbook by connecting it with a keyboard dock that also offers extra battery life to the device. This keyboard dock is obtainable separately for $150. The price of Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is very appealing; $499.99 for the 32GB and $599.99 for 64GB model.
Transformer Prime doesn’t come with 3G connectivity; it is a Wi-Fi only device. It offers more than 500,000 apps to download through the Android Market; this counting is not reaching up to the App Store, but still enough. Of course, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is not one of the most viable alternatives to iPad 3, but its quad core processor and Android ICS OS makes it ahead of its time in this area.
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
No doubt, Huawei has given some pretty snazzy devices in Smartphone arena, but now it is also going to debut in tablet arena with excellent quad-core powered MediaPad 10. Huawei has packed the tablet with a quad core processor made by Huawei itself and it has a 1.5GHz K3 quad-core processor. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and sports a 10-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display with 1920×1200 pixel resolution, which is great for playing large-scale 3D games or viewing high definition video clips. It is combined with high speed wireless and 4G LTE capability. Onboard there is also an 8-MP rear snapper, a 1.3-MP front-facing snapper, a Dolby Surround Sound for movies, and 2GB of RAM that is double than the industry standard.
Besides its heavy specs list, the aluminium alloy outer shell of MediaPad is a very lightweight 585g and measures just 8.8mm thick with a gloss finish. The weight of MediaPad is pretty light for a 10” device. HUAWEI has created MediaPad 10 FHD with all of the entertainment capabilities including power, speed, high definition display and audio, web-browsing, and wrapped it all in a portable and compact body, so it is very tempting. The price of MediaPad is not confirmed yet, but it will be launched worldwide in the Q2 2012.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1 is another 10.1-inch tablet from Samsung after Galaxy Tab 10.1, but this time Samsung has got the word Note attached. This means the device is featured with a stylus for taking notes, drawing, and that kind of thing. All the credit goes to the S Pen by means of which the doodling on the screen is made easy. Galaxy Note tab is great for annotating Facebook pictures, thanks to its more doodle space. The finish and the styling of device are pretty nice. Galaxy Note 10.1 is slim and extremely lightweight device like its brother Galaxy Tab 10.1. As well, it sports the same 1280×800 pixel display as the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Though it is not a vast step-up over the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but the addition of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS will give a huge impact on day-to-day use.
It is powered with a 1.4GHz dual core processor that is more than enough for most apps. Photography using the Galaxy Note is pretty sub-par with a 3-MP rear camera and it also sports 2MP front facing camera. Galaxy Note will come in 2 varieties: Wi-Fi-only models and 3G + Wi-Fi models with three storage options: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. Adobe Ideas and Adobe Photoshop Touch come preloaded on the slate. So, Galaxy Note can be a good alternative for iPad.
PadFone is a versatile, form-changing device from Asus and it was introduced to the public at MWC. This phone/tablet hybrid is a truly unique device. Being a handset, it is a nice looking, high-end phone with a 4.3in Super AMOLED qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 9.2mm thickness, and an 8 megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 auto-focusing lens and LED flash. The most distinctive feature of PadFone is its capability to turn into a 10.1” tablet using the optional tablet station. As well, there is an optional keyboard dock available for a proper typing experience and for enhancing the battery life.
Moreover, it comes with Galaxy Note-inspired stylus that even doubles up as a nifty device to make drawing and writing possible. There is an availability of Bluetooth headset, so there is no need of removing the phone from the tablet for talking with friends while the Padfone is in tablet mode. It comes with the support for LTE, console-like gaming and much more upgrading in multi-threaded processing. So, it would be a nice alternative.