The news is all about the new Apple iPad right now, but what if you want a tablet, but you have no interest in yet another (or perhaps your first) Apple product in your life?  Luckily there are a ton of iPad alternatives out there, and we’ve tried to gather up five of the best ones for you to peruse and see if perhaps one of them better suits your needs.

Dell Streak

This is the smallest option of the five we present here, but not everyone is going to want something in the iPad-sized range.  It runs on the Android OS, so think of it as king of a really big smartphone

  • 5-inch screen
  • 5 megapixel with autofocus and flash
  • Front-facing camera for video chatting
  • Multitasking
  • Two microSD slots
  • USB ports
  • Android Market

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Very similar in appearance to the iPad on both the inside and out, the ExoPC is running on Windows 7 which shortens the battery life to about four hours.  The user can replace the battery, and even though it doesn’t have an app store, you can build apps using JavaScript and Flash.

  • Intel atom N270 1.6GHz, Intel 945GSE+ICH7M, Intel integrated graphics GMA950
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB SSD drive
  • 8.9-inch screen
  • 3 USB ports
  • SD Card slot
  • Supports Flash and Silverlight
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, wired Ethernet port
  • Audio IN and OUT
  • LAN + VGA


HP Slate

HP Slate isn’t the final official name for this product, but it’s what everyone is working with.  It is expected to launch some time this year for a price between $500 to $600.  Not all of the details are known yet, but what is known does sound promising.

  • Windows 7
  • Adobe AIR and Flash support
  • Multitasking
  • Camera
  • Multitasking

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Notion Ink Adam

The Notion Ink Adam runs off of a modified version of Google’s android operating system which is optimized for a 10-inch screen.

  • Dual-Core ARM CORTEX, A9 MPCORE Processor
  • 10.1-inch Dual-mode display
  • 180 degree swivel camera (can face the front or back), shoots both still photography and video
  • 3G and Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Multitasking
  • Rear-facing trackpad
  • HDMI Out
  • Access to the Android Market



Coming out of Germany, the WePad runs on a Linux core, but works with the Android Market for applications.

  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 Pineview-M
  • 32 GB of storage
  • 11.6-inch screen
  • 2 USB ports
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Supports Flash and Adobe AIR
  • Multitasking
  • Applications from WePad AppStore and Google Android Marketplace
  • Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi
  • Optional 3G and GPS
  • Works with all open ebook formats