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What are Some Alternatives to the iPad

Updated on May 19, 2013

Alternatives to the iPad

Not everyone either wants or can afford the iPad. This article lists some alternatives you can look into, for whatever reason you do not want one. You may be simply looking for something more cost effective, or (like me) be opposed to Apple, even though their products are amazing. I've been anti-Apple for as long as I can remember, but I will admit I've been tempted to buy many of their products. While pricey, their technology is top-notch, but hopefully after you have read this, you can determine what product best meets your needs, no matter what those needs are.

Google Nexus

Looking at the iPad, which you'll pay from $300-$500 for, you'll need apps. The thing about this tablet is that a lot of them are free. Yes, if you get free apps, there will be some with ads, but that goes for any tablet, really. At least you have a choice with almost every app, the prices for paid apps seem MUCH more reasonable, and Google gives you $25 credit just for buying a Nexus 7.

The battery is good. About 3-4 hours video streaming, heavy web surfing and downloading, a good 6 with web off, playing games and reading.

The Wifi is great! It finds the signal quick too when it gets turned on after having it off. No lag.

The one gripe is that there is no TV hook up, so if you download movies, you're stuck watching them on a 7 inch screen. Not that it's a problem, more than likely you have a PC for that.

If you want TV hook up, then plan to spend a lot more money for a tablet PC like the larger Xoom, Thrive, or Galaxy. For the basic 7 inch tablet, this one beats the rest in the line. And no, Android doesn't support flash. That is an Adobe issue not a product issue. As for apps, between Amazon and Google Play you can find anything. You just have to know how to look for them in the store app.

And unlike kindles, and cheap end tablets, and all PC's, there's no bloat ware and no "in your face ads" on the out-of-box system.

So, the Google Nexus, 32 gig is recommended. Its just a really nice, well made, fast running tablet.

Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Fire HD features basically what any other tablet would feature. You'll get all of the same great apps, including Angry Birds, Facebook, Netflix, etc. but if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can stream even more movies. However, I'd recommend either being an Amazon Prime member, or just a Netflix member, not both, since you'll basically be renting or buying the new releases that come out.

If you're a reader, THIS is the tablet you want. The large screen on Kindle Fire makes it perfect for reading magazines. There are over 400 magazines in brilliant HD display, with beautifully detailed illustrations and glossy full-color layouts. There are also more than 1.6 million books to choose from, so good luck trying to read them all. This tablet is probably the best-suited tablet for college students, as your text book can be found on there as well.

If you go to Amazon and read the reviews, the product speaks for itself.

The Microsoft Surface

OK, so the Microsoft Surface is a bit pricey, however, this is how I believe tablets were meant to be made. They were supposed to replace laptops, and this takes the cake as far as that goes. No other tablet out there has the feel of a laptop. If you have a computer that uses Windows 8, you see this right off the bat. This tablet runs Windows 8, and also should be purchased with the keyboard to have the full benefit of feeling like a laptop.

The interface is great. Easy to find and organize your apps.The Live tiles put information right at your fingertips, and you can see blips of what is going on with Facebook without even hitting the App. You can dock an app on the side and use two at once... such as using twitter while watching a movie, or keep your audio player up while you surf the net.

The Surface is well built. Great glass touch screen, nice kickstand. Solid, well built feel, and weighing in at 1,5 pounds.

The type keyboard works quite well, and the magnetic click connection is easy and cool. It doubles as a nice slim cover as well. Use it with the kickstand like a laptop, Flip it back to use it as a tablet, and the keys don't get in the way.

There's also an HDMI adapter, which means you can connect to your TV. Great for streaming Netflix, Hulu, or whatever your preference is.

This also contains Microsoft Office. There's not enough ways to explain that THIS is the tablet you want if you're replacing your laptop.

Samsung Galaxy Note

This is another fairly pricey tablet, but again, it's worth the price if it replaces something that you typically use. The Samsung Galaxy Note is a useful tool for note taking. This product comes with a stylus pen, so you can actually jot down notes while you're at work, at class, etc. To each his own, but if you prefer writing as opposed to typing everything, this is the tablet for you. It even has a palm rejection feature, so you can rest your hand on it as you write, which I found to be a fantastic feat of technology. But that's just one of the features of this product. The Samsung Galaxy Note matches or beats the performance of many other tablets out there.

Auto rotate for most programs , Netflix, Internet, Facebook. Most apps will auto rotate for you. Great for when you want to view some websites or larger files in portrait mode, but this is a pretty standard function on all tablets.

Store maps for offline use: This is an awesome feature. Get a map of where you want to go, save it, and go on your trip. This is extremely useful for any tablet that doesn't come with a data plan.

Streams from your home media server and allows you to access all my movies and music from anywhere in the house. Even the backyard.

WiFi works fine, and even at slower speeds you can stream Netflix or other movie viewing apps with no lag.

The cameras are just OK. The cool thing is that there are dual facing cameras, so whether you're skyping with somebody or taking pictures, you shouldn't have a problem. Beyond that, it's just a simple camera, but nobody ever expected any tablet camera to provide award winning pictures.

There is also a TV remote that works great. You are able to control not only your home, TV, and cable but also your friends and families TV and their satellite service from it. Needless to say it's not only useful, but could potentially be a nice gag to play on your loved ones.

There's also the HDMI output so you can hook it up to your TV and stream movies.

So, plain and simple, if you're looking for a product that may cost a bit more, but does a LOT more, this is the choice for you.

In conclusion

There is no right or wrong answer for the tablet that you want. It's up to you to do your homework and find out what you need. Hopefully, this article has helped you get a jump start on the tablet that is right for you, and I encourage you to go look even deeper. I haven't even touched on some of the other tablets out there, so be sure to look into the Xoom, the Nook, and the XPeria tablet as well. Do your market research and there's no way you can go wrong.

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    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      This is a good and useful list for possible alternatives to the iPad. There are some people that might not be able to afford the iPad or there might even be some that prefer other kinds of tablets so this list of tablets can help readers that are planning to buy a tablet and are trying to decide which tablet they should buy.

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      5 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      I agree with you that the laptop could and should be replaced with the tablets, which is why I'm enthused about the new convertibles (hybrids). I tried out the surface, and didn't like the keyboard, so I'm thinking of my next purchase being another brand with the Windows 8 operating system, since I'm running Windows 8 on my laptops currently. Good review, and good to remind everyone that there are other choices out there besides Apple. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.

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