The HP TouchPad saw massive consumer frenzy as soon as the device’s price was lowered to $99. HP itself was shocked by the want that was generated during the fire sale.
However, if you missed out on the fire sale and don’t want to invest on iPad 2, still there are options.
Here is the list of the top 5 alternative choices.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer: The Asus made 10.1-ich tablet comes with an LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen. The tablet has 149 ppi pixel density. The Eee Pad runs on Android OS, v3.0 or Honeycomb juice, and is upgradable up to v3.1.
The device is powered by a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 T20 chipset, and has a primary 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus camera. A secondary 1.2 MP camera has also been provided.
Other features include Adobe Flash 10.2 support and Polaris Office 3.0 editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint; PDF viewer).
The device is one of the cheapest Android Honeycomb-based tablets in the market, priced at $389.88. There are, however, issues about the device’s recording and playback capabilities which may not be up to the mark.
ViewSonic ViewPad 7: The Viewsonic tablet is a 7-inch device which runs on Android 2.2. The device is powered by ARM11, 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227. The ViewPad has a capacitive multi-touch LCD screen with 800x480 resolution.
The primary camera includes a 3 megapixel auto focus one, while a 0.3 megapixel camera secondary camera has been provided in the front. The tablet also has a Li-Polymer, 3240mAH battery and Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR.
The device, although it is priced at $279.40 which is cheap, has an extremely powerful processor. Customers, previously, have raised issues with the device’s awkward size and difficulty with the keyboard.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab comes with a TFT capacitive touchscreen at 149 ppi pixel density. The device comes in both 16 and 32 GB options, and runs on Android OS, v3.0 or Honeycomb juice.
The tablet is powered by a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 T20 chipset, and has a primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash camera with video recording at 1080p@30fps. A secondary 2 MP camera for video chat has also been included.
Other notable features include SNS integration, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration and Adobe Flash 10.1 support.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the sexiest Android Honeycomb tablets available at the moment, and has extremely powerful dual speakers. The tablet is available for $499.99. There is no external card slot, however.
Dell Streak 7: The 7-inch Dell streak comes with a TFT capacitive touchscreen and Gorilla Glass Display. The tablet runs on Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo).
The device is powered by a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 T20 chipset and has an external memory card microSD slot up to 32 GB. It also sports a 5 MP, 2592?1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash rear camera and a secondary front-facing 1.3 MP camera.
Other features include Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, and Adobe Flash 10.1 support. The device is priced at $199.99, but the screen quality has derived criticism from users.
Acer Iconia Tab A500: The 10.1-inch Iconia Tab comes with a LCD capacitive touchscreen. Features such as Acer UI, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and Gyro sensor have been included. The tablet comes in both 16 and 32 GB. Additional microSD card support has been provided which is up to 32 GB
The device runs on Android OS, v3.0 or Honeycomb juice, which is upgradable to v3.2, and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 T20 chipset. The tablet has a 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash rear camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera.
Additional features include an HDMI port, SNS integration, YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration and Adobe Flash Player 10.1. The device, priced at $379, has been complained about by the users due to its thickness and weight. It may also have problems with running HD video files.