3 New tablets to fight the iPad

Kool Aid on board. iPad at the ready. And here’s the latest from Germany’s IFA Expo: Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba have new tablets coming soon. They stand ready to take a bite out of Apple’s dominant place in the market. Or do they?

Lenovo A1: A 7 inch tablet to compete against the iPad’s 10.2 inches. They obviously believe the sweet spot of tablets is somewhere between the iPad’s larger (but sometimes unwieldy) size and the smaller typical smartphone. The screen resolution is similarly reduced to 1024×600, and the price is reduced as well. The 8 GB Wi-Fi model will run $199, up to 16 GB ($249) and 32 GB ($299) models.

I don’t buy into the 7″ theory myself, nor could I justify the lower cost making up for the lower resolutions and onscreen real estate.

Ah, this Kool Aid is delicious.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Slightly larger than the Lenovo, this Android tablet boasts a 7.7 inch screen at 1280×800. The 1.4 GHz dual-core processor can handle the work, and the mobile broadband speed is up to 21 Mbps. In addition, the battery is up to a 5100mAh unit, which should allow for more time off the charger. Since pricing and availability have yet to be determined, it’s still a little tough to compare this orange to the Apple.

I still contend that this size will not change the marketplace. Maybe it’s good for business travelers, I don’t know. I don’t travel too much for business. Maybe that’s my problem.

Toshiba AT200: THis is the closest to an Apples to apples comparo, as it comes in with a 10.1 inch screen. It’s just over 1 mm thinner than the iPad, and still boasts ports for micro USB, a microSD card slot, and a micro HDMI jack for connecting the AT200 to an HDTV.

Toshiba looks to launch this in Europe by the end of the year, and will likely unveil it at the CES show in Vegas in January. No word on pricing, but I’ll guess it’s significantly more than HP’s unobtainable $99 TouchPad.

From where I sit, I don’t see the need to start working on the iPad’s obituary. Competition is good, and so is this Kool Aid. Mmmmm.

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