Mobile and Wireless: iPad Alternatives: 10 Non-Apple Tablets to Consider

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-03-14 Print this article Print
Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire

 The Amazon Kindle Fire is the second-best-selling tablet on store shelves behind Apple's iPad. Part of that is due to its $199 price tag, but it's also because of its strong integration with Amazon's many cloud-based services. The Kindle Fire doesn't have the firepower the new iPad does, but it's appealing enough to at least be considered an alternative.
Apple's new iPad is launching on March 16. The device will come with Apple's nearly universally beloved Retina Display, 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity and an improved camera. Even better, it'll come in at the same $499-and-up price tag that has kept consumers and enterprise users picking up the device for the last couple years. The new iPad might not be a major improvement over its predecessor, the iPad 2, but it's an improvement nonetheless. And it's something many folks are looking to buy. So many folks are looking to buy the tablet, in fact, that the new iPad is already sold out before it even hits store shelves. What's worse, Apple says that it might not be able to get a new stock of iPads to customers for two to three weeks. If history is to be our guide, there's a good chance that Apple might even run out of that secondary stock before long. Perhaps then, consumers who weren't lucky enough to preorder the new iPad need to consider their options. Sure, they can wait for Apple's new iPad, but if they really need a solid tablet now, they don't have to put their plans on hold. There are a host of high-quality tablets on store shelves right now that will make any would-be tablet owner happy.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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