Since its launch, Apple iPad dominates the tablet market with more than 70 per cent share. It's obivious that iPad never met ant serious competitors till the launch of Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung's tablet launched as an iPad-Killer with many advanced features like camera, Android OS, Flash support etc, which are unavailable on iPad. Samsung Galaxy Tab succeeded in grabbing some shares from iPad, but not that much.
The launch of Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS made the scene more interesting. Google announced that Honeycomb version was exclusively made for tablets and will provide great user experience and 3D features. And more over, Motorola announced the Xoom tablet running on Honeycomb. That was the turning point!
The Motorola Xoom tablet offered advanced features than any other tablets in the market. Many of us even felt like Xoom will put an end to iPad reign. It has to be proved yet. Xoom will hit the markets soon and also many others also joined the Honeycomb wandbagon. So, iPad will get more foes.
MWC will be renowned for the presence of tablets. Here are the major iPad killers:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The success of Galaxy Tab made Samsung to bring its big brother with 10.1-inch display screen. It runs on Honeycomb OS and powered with NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GHz dual-core CPU. It also offers 8 MP camera at rear and a 2 MP at front. Read the complete review of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
HTC announced the Flyer tablet running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS at MWC 2011. It has 7-inch touchscreen display and 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It offers HTC Sense UI, 5MP rear facing canera, 1.3 MP front facing camera etc. Read the review of HTC Flyer tablet.
Dell Streak 10
Dell also joined the big screen party with the announcement of Dell Streak 10 tablet. This new tablet, running on Honeycomb and Windows 7 OS, is the succeccor of Dell Streak 5 and Dell 7. Read more on Dell Streak 10.
ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro
ViewSonic's new tablet ViewPad 10 Pro is suitable for both personal and business use. This tablet can run on either Windows 7 Professional or Android 2.2 Froyo OS. It has a 10-inch touchscreen and Intel Oak Trail processor. It also offers Adobe Flash, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi etc. Read the hand-on review of ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro.
Toshiba 10 tablet
Toshiba's tablet, which is not yet named, has a 10-inch screen and runs on Android Honeycomb OS. It also offers NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G HSPA etc. This tablet will be availbale by Apr 2011 in international market. Read review of Toshiba 10-inch tablet.
Acer Iconia Tab A100
Acer announced two tablets, Acer Iconia Tab A100 and Acer Iconia Tab A500 at the MWC. The Iconia Tab A100 tablet has a seven-inch full touchscreen, dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and Nvidia GeForce GPU with Adobe Flash support. It also offers Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI port etc. Read more on Acer Iconia Tab A100.
New HP TouchPad has 9.7-inch XGA capacitive display and will run on webOS 3.0 powered with dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor. It also provides 1.3 MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Beats Audio sound technology and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP. Read more on HP TouchPad.
This tablet is the real hero. It bagged the Best Gadget Award at CES and is expected to hit market bu Feb 24. It has a 10.1-inch dispaly with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels and runs on Honeycomb OS. It gives a 5 MP rear-facing camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera. It is powered with Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. Read Motorola Xoom review.