Now that the cat is out of the bag
, there’s no arguing there are going to be some frenzied people heading out to their favorite Apple store come March 16th to pick up the new iPad
. Knowing that it’s boasting some much-needed upgrades, some are willing to give up their old iPad 2 and pick up this new one instead – so quickly without hesitation or rational thinking. However, before you simply get caught up in all of the spectacle surrounding this most up-to-date iPad, there are some other alternatives out there in the market worth contemplating about.
Specifically, all of the competition can be found in the horde of Android-based tablets out there. Aside from their glimmering high-end status, some feature some unusual tertiary things that most people wouldn’t fathom seeing on a tablet. Whereas the new iPad maintains the same good old fashion pricing from before, these Android tablets vary in price points – thus, encompassing pretty much any budget out there. Therefore, before making a snap decision on picking up Apple’s latest pride and joy, just take a quick peek at some of the other healthy alternatives out there in the market right now.
5 current alternative tablets to the new iPad
5 current alternative tablets to the new iPad
1. Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
Motorola started the whole Android tablet thing by concocting the very
first Honeycomb flavored tablet in the Motorola XOOM from last year.
Even though it’s not a direct successor, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD
sports all the incremental improvements to associate itself as one. Not only
does it bear lightning fast 4G LTE speeds for Verizon’s network, but it
also employs one of the most solid constructions of any tablet around
thanks to its nano-coating shell that repels some liquids. For those
interested, the Wi-Fi 16GB sells for $499.99, while its 16GB 4G LTE
counterpart is priced at $529.99 on-contract or $699.99 outright.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE
Before the iPad 2 was even unveiled to the public, Samsung decided to
introduce its Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the masses. However, after
seeing the razor thin construction of the iPad 2, those Samsung
engineers went back to the drawing board – thus, coming out with a total
redesign. Not allowing themselves to be outdone by the competition,
Samsung was able to skinny the Galaxy Tab 10.1 even more! And right now,
considering that the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is
amazingly skinny and lightweight by today’s standards, it easily stands
out of the bunch as well. Benefiting from being around for some time
now, the 16GB Wi-Fi version can be grabbed for $399.99. Meanwhile, the
16GB LTE version is priced at $529.99 on-contract or $699.99 outright.
3. Pantech Element
Looking for the most savings in a tablet? Well people, you really ought
to look at the Pantech Element for AT&T, since it’s one of the few
tablets on the market right now that’s water resistant and even
waterproof to some extent. Sure, it has a smaller 8-inch display, but
it’s still outfitted with some contemporary specs that include 16GB of
internal storage, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and 4G LTE connectivity.
Even better, this thing can be submerged in 1 meter of water for 30
minutes – how often can you find a tablet that does that? Well, the fun
doesn’t end there since it sports a 2-year contract price of only
$299.99, or $449.99 outright.
4. HTC Flyer
Initially, we were going to mention the 4G LTE enabled HTC Jetstream as
another alternative, but sadly, it doesn’t seem as though AT&T is
selling the tablet anymore. Well, that’s hardly a surprise considering
that it sported a wallet-busting price of $699.99 on-contract or $849.99
no-contract. Instead, we’d recommend the still available HTC Flyer as
it offers one feature that’s not seen on most tablets – and that’s the
usefulness of its optional Scribe Pen for drawing and taking notes.
Besides having some fun drawing an artful masterpiece, it employs one of
the most elegant and sturdy designs of any 7-inch tablet out there. In
terms of pricing, the 16GB Wi-Fi version can be purchased through Amazon
for $369.99. Conversely, the 3G enabled one will set you back only
5. Asus Transformer Prime
As we’ve mentioned it in our review, if there’s one tablet on the market
that can challenge the legacy of the iPad, it’s absolutely none other
than the almighty Asus Transformer Prime. Already, it has been glorified
as being the poster child of the next-generation of Android tablets. So
what’s special about this one? Well, for starters, it has an immaculate
10.1” LED-backlit Super IPS+ display, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3
processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, microHDMI out, and a metallic spun
finish that accentuates its meticulous construction. To make things even
better, you can opt to pick up the $150 keyboard dock to turn it into a
netbook with battery life to get you through some of the longest of
days. Throw in that it’s only sporting a $499.99 price point for the
32GB version, it’s a dead winner in being a wonderful alternative.