1Amazon Kindle Fire
Â 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.
2Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
Â If the Amazon Kindle Fire is worth considering to replace the new iPad, the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet must also get a nod in this roundup. The device, like the Kindle Fire, starts at $199, and comes with a neat design. The tablet’s 7-inch screen and Android installation might not appeal to everyone, but nearly all reviewers can agree it’s a solid option.
3Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Â The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 arguably does the best job of competing against Apple’s new iPad. The device comes with a big (10.1-inch) screen, 4G LTE connectivity and enough storage to get most customers through the next couple years. Plus, at $499 for a 32GB WiFi option, it’s cheaper than the new iPad.
4Asus Transformer Prime
5Acer Iconia Tab
Â The Acer Iconia Tab might be one of the best deals in this roundup. The device comes with a 10.1-inch display, but only costs customers $444 online. Combine that with its 1GB of onboard memory (the same as the new iPad) and its Nvidia GeForce GPU, and it quickly becomes clear that the device is a winner.
Â One of the most desirable new iPad features is the device’s big (9.7-inch) display. So, if you can’t get your hands on a device that would come with that big display, why not try to find something even bigger? The Toshiba Thrive comes with a 10.1-inch display, Android and all the features you’ll want. Even better, it costs just a bit over $400 online.
7Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet
Â The Lenovo ThinkPad tablet is designed for enterprise users that don’t want to settle for anything other than a corporate-focused device. The tablet comes with more security features than you’d expect to find elsewhere and works with a stylus, as well as touch. Consider the ThinkPad an iPad alternative for enterprise users, exclusively.
8RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
Â Another enterprise-focused tablet, the Research In Motion BlackBerry PlayBook has finally entered a position where it might be considered a new iPad alternative. How did the 7-inch tablet achieve that, you might ask? By bringing native email to the device. Previously, it lacked that function, making it awfully useless.
9Le Pan TC 970
Â If you haven’t ever heard of Le Pan, it might be a good time to look the company up. The TC 970 tablet comes with a 9.7-inch screen like the new iPad, but runs Android. It also features 720p high-definition video recording, 32GB of storage with an external microSD card and GPS. Oh, yeah, and it only costs $199.
10Apple iPad 2
Â All this talk of the new iPad makes us forget one important point: Apple is still selling the iPad 2. Even better, it’s selling it for $100 cheaper than the company’s new slate. If you can’t get your hands on Apple’s latest and greatest tablet, why not buy last year’s latest and greatest option?