Amazon Kindle Fire
Amazon Kindle Fire
The Amazon Kindle Fire is an obvious choice for those who want an alternative to the new iPad. The device comes with a 7-inch screen and just 8GB of storage, but its access to Amazon services and the competitive $199 price tag makes it one worth considering.
The Cisco Cius is by no means a top choice among consumers, but for enterprise customers who want to jump into the tablet craze and want a device that can integrate into existing solutions, the Cius is a nice option. Users can integrate the Cisco handset into other Cisco products already in use, making it a solid option for many enterprise users.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is undoubtedly the best iPad alternative on the market right now. The device comes with a big, 10.1-inch screen and boasts 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity. Its screen doesn't come with the same resolution as Apple's Retina display, but consumers who don't want to tie themselves to the Apple ecosystem will find a lot to like in the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is arguably the most capable Android-based smartphone on the market right now. It comes with a solid touch display and runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Plus, it comes from Samsung—the single company delivering mobile devices now that can legitimately take on Apple.
Samsung Galaxy S II
Although the Galaxy S II will soon be replaced by the Galaxy S III, it's still a hot buy for most consumers. The device boasts a 4.3-inch screen, 4G LTE support, and the customer's option of either 16GB or 32GB of storage. That said, the device only runs Android 2.3, which could be an issue for some customers.
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
If the Amazon Kindle Fire is a worthwhile purchase, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet must be, as well. That device comes with the same 7-inch display found in the Kindle Fire and boasts the $199 price tag with the 8GB model. Barnes & Noble's tablet doesn't come with all of the integrated features found in the Kindle Fire, but for that price, why wouldn't iPad customers consider buying it?
Motorola Droid Razr MAXX
There was a time when Motorola stood atop the mobile space with its Razr. And although it lost that position to Research In Motion and then Apple over the years, the company has made a strong resurgence with the Droid Razr MAXX. That offering comes with 4G LTE, a beautifully thin design, and upgradability to Android 4.0. Best of all, it has a 4.3-inch display, which is much bigger than the iPhone's 3.5-inch option.
LG Nitro HD
LG makes a showing in this roundup, thanks to the company's Nitro HD. The handset comes with 4G LTE support and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. LG's 4.5-inch full high-definition touch display is beautiful enough to give the iPhone's Retina display a run for its money. Most reviewers agree that the Nitro HD is one of the top Android handsets on the market.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
What's not to like about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime? On one hand, the device will allow customers to engage in typical tablet activities, but with the help of an additional physical keyboard, it can double as a notebook. That's something Apple's iPad just can't do.
Samsung Galaxy Note
So, what is the Samsung Galaxy Note, exactly? Is it a smartphone or a tablet? Does it qualify as an iPhone competitor or an iPad competitor? Either way, it doesn't much matter. The Galaxy Note is well-built, its Android interface is stellar and the inclusion of a stylus is making many customers happy. The Galaxy Note might just be one of the most impressive Android-based devices on store shelves today.