Don’t You Read iPad?


by
Elias Shams

I was just watching the  new inspirational vision of the future of digital magazines along with the  iPad commercial, and I could think of only one  phrase  “Don’t you read iPad?”.  With the speed we are heading toward the digital world, “Don’t you read Newspaper?” thing  will be history soon. I’d  say by  latest 2012. So, start practicing :-)

The concept is to envision the interactive publishing potential allowed by the iPad and other tablets covered below onto the market in the near future.

Although the demo is fantastic, but it makes you wonder whether or not the publishing cost will be highly expensive. It’s almost like the production cost of a video game.

Anyway, before you get too excited over iPad and pre-order it, you may want to wait and check out the other alternatives. Frankly, many of them are even much better than iPad:

Viliv X70

Viliv came out of nowhere last year — South Korea actually — and introduced a round of sleek portables with the X70 heading up the tablets. This widescreen 7-inch tablet has nearly every piece of hardware missing from the iPad. Prices start out at $597.

Advantages over the iPad

  • Windows
  • Flash support
  • Multitasking
  • Unlocked 3G GSM modem
  • GPS
  • SD card slot
  • Camera
  • USB slot
  • Haptic-feedback touchscreen
  • Video out
  • 128GB SSD

Disadvantages

  • No multitouch
  • No access to the App Store
  • Only a 7-inch screen

Archos 9 PC tablet

Archos has been a major player in the MID market since it started. The Archos 9 PC Tablet is the company’s largest slate device to date. It also proves that Apple isn’t the only one to out beautiful looking devices. Prices start out at $549.

Advantages over the iPad

  • Windows 7
  • Flash Support
  • Multitasking
  • Two USB slots
  • SD Card slot
  • Webcam
  • A kick stand
  • Optical trackpad nub

Disadvantages

  • No multitouch
  • No access to the App Store

ModBook

The ModBook is the original Apple Tablet — besides the Newton of course. Except it’s not made by Apple proper, but rather Axiotron who has been making them since 2007. Prices start out at $899, but customers have to provide a pre-polycarbonate unibody Macbook making the total price closer to $2,000.

Advantages over the iPad

  • Full OS X
  • Multitasking
  • Flash support
  • Built-in camera
  • Built-in optical drive
  • 13.3-inch screen
  • 120GB hard drive
  • Windows compatibility

Disadvantages

  • No 3G modem
  • No multitouch
  • No access to the App Store

The list below are not in the market yet:

Notion Ink Adam

News about the Notion Ink tablet broke late last year and many chalked it up to a fanboy dream. But it’s real and supposed to be coming this spring.

Advantages

  • Android
  • Multitasking
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 platform
  • 10-inch Dual-mode display (full color to ePaper)
  • Rear-facing trackpad
  • USB and HDMI ports
  • Unlocked 3G modem

Tie

  • Android Market to Apple’s App Store
  • Multitouch

Dell Streak

While HP decided to go with Windows, the 5-inch Dell Streak uses Android. The 5-inch Streak is clearly meant for a different market than the 9.7-inch iPad, but it’s also possible that we’ll see a larger version sometime soon, too. At least we hope we do.

Advantages

  • Android
  • Multitasking
  • Front and rear facing cameras
  • USB ports
  • Dual microSD slots
  • Rumored unlocked 3G modem

Tie

  • Android Market for the App Store
  • Neither support Flash

Disadvantages

  • Smaller screen
  • No 3G modem

HP Slate

We joked that CES 2010 would be full of tablet computers. It wasn’t and only a few major players like HP and Dell showed off prototypes. Both take a totally different approach too as the HP Slate (the unofficial name, btw) opts for a Windows with full flash support. It should hit the market this year at a rumored price of between $500-$600.

Advantages

  • Windows 7
  • Multitasking
  • Flash support
  • Camera
  • USB ports

Disadvantages

  • No access to the App Store
  • No 3G modem (at least not yet)

Viliv S10 Blade

The S10 Blade is Viliv’s first product of 2010, and it’s a looker. It has a 10-inch multitouch touchscreen in a convertible notebook setup that’s not much thicker than the iPad. The Viliv S10 is shipping soon at a starting price of $699. (We just got our review sample yesterday so look out for a hands-on shortly)

Advantages over the iPad

  • Windows 7
  • Multitasking
  • Flash support
  • Unlocked 3G modem
  • Webcam
  • 2 USB ports
  • SD card slot
  • Video out

Disadvantages

  • No access to the App Store

Finally, Samsung Slate PC

Samsung is coming out with their own iPad killer called “slate PC” .  The key differentiating points for their tablet will address lack of processing power and not enough connectivity options with iPad. Referring to my previous coverage on iPad, I would agree with Samsung, assuming they will be doing a better job though.

I will cover it more extensively once is released. I don’t have much information about it yet.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

8 Responses to Don’t You Read iPad?

  1. mike says:

    Its not so much the hardware or the software its the RETAIL end of things that has to grow and evolve, the Itunes store has lots of music and movies and books, but the App store has lots of questions. Companies need to be able to push and pull software sales,Itunes does not let you do that, its a desert in a way, lots of rocks but not much water.

  2. Marc says:

    Windows an advantage on a tablet? You must be joking…

  3. Len Joseph says:

    With the iPad’s larger screen and other new generation tablets, the consumption of news is expected to surge heavily, as the Apple iPod changed the music industry forever. The iPad also is compatible with many popular Apps created for iPhone.

  4. Len Joseph says:

    LOL…’How Am I Supposed To Pickup Chicks With iPad In DC Coffee Shops?’

  5. Ann Michael says:

    Sorry – but you don’t you think you’ll be MORE likely to pick up chicks with a cool shiny iPad in your possession? It’s like the electronic version of traveling with a puppy :)

    (Sorry had to comment – this post just made me laugh to hard – thanks!)

    • Elias Shams says:

      Not a problem. We men just want you ladies to know, whatever we do is all to get you-from getting a job to making money, to buy a house and even to buy Newspaper, known as iPad :-) Hope you ladies feel the same way

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