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iPad Rivals Appear Before Market Does

By admin | April 30, 2010

It’s yet to be seen whether consumers will embrace the new Apple iPad, but for other computer makers in the industry, Steve Jobs’ conviction that the market is ready for a tablet is good enough for them.

Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell, Acer Inc. and Sony Corp. are popping up with their own rivals to the iPad even before the product’s launch in March. This move seems especially peculiar considering that H-P actually announced its own tablet a few months before Apple revealed the iPad. H-P held back and waited for Apple’s announcement before moving forward with getting its tablet, called the Slate, ready for sale.

The reason behind other computer companies allowing Apple to go first in this segment may simply be that consumers are accustomed to Apple’s status as a trailblazer and are willing to embrace new technology that they had trouble finding purpose for when it was presented by other sources. Several tablet products are already available, but they have been selling poorly.

Microsoft is also reportedly working on a two-screen tablet, though details have not yet been announced. As has become usual, perhaps the best rival to the iPad is whatever tablet is backed by Google, which in this case is the Dell Mini 5, which will go on the market this year using Google’s Android software.

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