New Tablets & eReaders Start to Appear, Still Relevant?

New Tablets & eReaders Start to Appear, Still Relevant?

Range Govindan
Oct 27, 2010

Yes, we know that you love your iPad, but for some users, the iPad wasn't really the perfect fit, which is why we've been anticipating a slew of new tablets from different manufacturers. Everyone from Asus, to Barnes & Noble, to HP seems to be jumping into the fray. Should you care?

Straight off the bat, the new color Nook from Barnes & Noble looks pretty slick for an ebook reader, especially considering that it costs $250. We can remember the time when the Amazon Kindle sold for a couple of hundred bucks. Now, the prices have been greatly reduced, thanks to the release of Apple's iPad. The Nook is a closed platform, so you won't be able to run 3rd party apps, but it's still impressive considering it's half the price of an iPad.

Although new tablet computers are going to be good for this market segment, it's going to be hard to beat Apple's iPad. There are a couple of reasons behind it, and no, we won't be dwelling on the iPad's shortcomings, like no webcam, lack of ports, storage, and no multi-tasking.

The iPad is an Apple product, and by definition, the design of the device is stellar. This is apparent when you play with one and you examine it. None of the devices we've seen come close to the industrial design that went into the iPad, but that's not the biggest issue we have.

The biggest problem other manufacturers will face is coming up with a suitable touch-based OS that will run these tablets. Apple has had years of experience, thanks to the iPhone. None of the other tablets have an OS that comes close to the iPad's. Maybe the new ones will have something good, but for some reason, we'll decide to wait until we see that their OS is as intuitive as the iPad's.

[Nook photos via CrunchGear, HP Slate photo via PC Mag]

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