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Cheap iPad Alternatives

Updated on June 23, 2011

The iPad has brought about another technological revolution - so to speak. It's brought tablet computers back into the foreground something, as recent as a couple years ago, seemed impossible. And with Apple having the largest application store on the planet (with new apps added every day) you have a recipe for this revolution to keep on growing and changing.

But let's face the facts first. The iPad is expensive; in fact if you're planning to get all the bells and whistles for the iPad you're looking at a device that is almost double you're average desktop computer. With the state of the current economic that kind of price is just out of reach.

Luckily many, many companies have seen the success of the iPad and have decided they want a piece, no matter how competitive it is, of the market. Companies like Sony, Toshiba, even Joo Joo have decided to test their technological prowess on an iPad like device. They are the leaders of the iPad alternatives available now.

The best chance these tablets other than the iPad have at succeeding is not in apps or specifications, but in price. it will be the cheap iPad alternatives that become the challengers; the best cheap iPad alternatives will have to have the same kind of options the iPad has, albiet a bit different, while maintaining a price significantly less than the iPad. It's the only way they'll have a chance in this ever growing marketplace.

The good thing? These cheap iPad alternatives 2011 do exist. And some of them are even the best iPad alternatives ever.



Dell Mini 5

First up is the Dell Mini 5, which I, personally, am very fond of. The device is only 5 inches across (much smaller than the iPad 7 inch screen) but comes with features the iPad lacks. It has a built in camera, a touchscreen that can be manually optimized.

It looks sleek and works even sleeker. It has built in 3G (no option to not have it) and is very responsive and fast. It works with Android technology and will be open to the Android marketplace.

The price? Somewhere less than 500. One of the best non-iPad tablets.


Samsung Galaxy Tab

Another iPad alternative option and the leading candidate for best iPad alternative 2010 is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It has a 7 inch screen, about two inches smaller than the iPad, that is easy to hold in both landscape and portrait formats. It has a multi-input touch screen, meaning there's multiple buttons besides the touch screen (unlike the iPad's singular button).

It does come with a camera and, best of all, works with flash - something the iPad does lack. It works with the android marketplace; thus far there haven't been many defining apps, except for Kindle and the New York Times app. Youtube, especially works great on the device.

The price is around 500, which is much less than the iPad most pricey unit. One of the best cheap iPad alternatives.


HP Slate

This is by far the most anticipated iPad alternative of 2011.

Check out the features and you'll see why:

  • 1.86 Ghz processor.
  • Windows 7
  • 8.9 inch touch screen
  • 2 GB Ram
  • Two cameras (front and back)
  • 3 G
  • Integrated Bluetooth

The HP slate is more like a powerful laptop, which is an intriguing way to combat the iPad. The price is a about 100 less than the iPad highest, coming around 800.


Archos 5 Internet Tablet

This is by far one of the cheapest iPad alternatives, as well as one of the best other than iPad options of 2010. 


It's one of the first Android tablets to come to the market, and with a 5 inch HD screen, it moves and performs wonderfully.   The android marketplace is always growing (slowly beginning to compete with Apple) and this gives it a slight edge over, say, the HP slate.

The 8 GB model (all you need) is 250 less than the iPad's 8GB 3G less version; and it also supports flash and multitasking.  Need I say more?


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      Anonymous 6 years ago

      I need a tablet for under 225 dollars. If any one can tell me asap! It will be for chritmas(which is in LESS than 2 weeks:)) it would be best to have two cameras and a screen bigger than 7"