From its initial release to its latest version, Apple’s iPad has both wowed consumers and inspired competitors. For example, Samsung and Motorola with their Galaxy and Druid series gadgets have given Apple a run for its money. The new iPad (formally rumoured to be iPad 3) is no exception and can expect fierce competition as manufacturers continue to release their own innovative tablets and gadgets. Before exploring the competition, let’s first look at what Apple has in store. But before you read on, would you consider reading these two great posts about the new iPad?
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What the Apple iPad 3 (new iPad) has
The third generation iPad isn’t a major redesign. In fact, it’s much like its predecessors, only better.
Retina Display – The iPad 3 features a stunning “Retina” display that translates into a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. From viewing photos and videos to working with text, the new display is razor sharp and markedly better than iPad2 and the original. The downside to this even-better-than-high-definition display is this: some apps aren’t ready for it and their graphics may appear overly pixelated. Expect developers to update their apps in response.
5MP iSight Camera – At last, a decent camera in the iPad. This is a 5 mega pixel camera capable of creating impressive high resolution photos and videos.
Ultrafast 4G LTE – The new iPad boasts 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) capabilities. This technology is still in its infancy, so it’s not widely available. However, if you can get it, it’s dramatically faster than 3G. If you can’t, the iPad 3 includes Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus 3G.
The new iPad is looking impressive so far. Which devices will compete with the iPad 3 this year? Here’s a look at some of the major contenders:
1. Amazon Kindle Fire
For many, it’s been a choice between the Kindle and the iPad. Both devices have evolved rapidly, and the Kindle Fire has already heated things up. First, the Kindle Fire has a huge price advantage over any version of the iPad, starting at just $199 as opposed to $499 for an entry-level iPad. Amazon’s store is also massive, and Prime subscribers have access to a vast library of free videos. The Kindle Fire also boasts an easy-on-the-eyes display and elegant Web browsing experience. At seven inches as opposed to over nine, the Kindle Fire is easier to tote in a purse, briefcase, backpack, or even a large pocket.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note Series
Blending the best features of a smart phone with those of a tablet, Samsung has created a hybrid gadget that small (five inches), portable, and impressive. Larger than a phone, the Galaxy Note features a stylus for greater precision than finger swipes. Not only that, the Galaxy Note is also available in a 10.1-inch size – larger than the iPad. The 10.1 version also supports 4G connectivity and its camera comes with a flash.
3. Asus Transformer Prime HD
Have you ever tried to do serious typing on the iPad? The Asus Transformer comes with a removable external keyboard, solving the problem elegantly. Of course, it also includes all the standard features you’d expect of an iPad 3-era tablet.
4. Toshiba Thrive
With its full size HDMI and USB ports, the Thrive solves another shortcoming of other tablets. Need to quickly access data on a portable Flash drive? Want to view your tablet’s photos and movies on your large screen HDTV? Simply connect a cable and you’re in business!
5. Google Ice Cream Sandwich–based Tablets
Google’s operating system upgrade, Ice Cream Sandwich, has many speculating that Google may be getting ready to enter the tablet market. Many popular Android-based tablets including the Galaxy Note 10.1 mentioned above have updated to Ice Cream Sandwich to good effect.
6. Microsoft Windows 8-based Tablets
Not to be outdone, it’s widely speculated that Microsoft’s Windows 8 system with its integrated tablet features will launch a new wave of tablets.
Apple’s iPad 3 or the New iPad is sure to impress existing and new iPad users alike. However, as the competition heats up, the iPad may find itself losing market share. From smaller tablets with comparable features and innovative tablets that take the evolution of tablet computing to a new level to less expensive alternatives that do most of the same things, there are quite a few gadgets that can compete with the new iPad.
Guest Post contributed by Zoe Howard, on behalf of Phoneshop.co,uk. He has been writing on behalf of Phoneshop for a very long time.