Apple offers flexible pricing and connection models. The 16GB WiFi-only model starts at $499, a reasonable price for a new computer with a pleasant user experience. Users can pay $599 for a 32GB WiFi-only model, or $699 for a 64GB WiFi unit. Consumers may also buy an iPad with WiFi and 3G for $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB) and $829 (64GB).
However, iPad 1.0 is missing dual cameras to enable video calling, as well as multiple USB slots, the hallmark of any new computer these days. Expect Apple to remedy that, and to allow the iPad to operate on both GSM- and CDMA-based networks next year.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is the first significant effort to cut into the iPad, of which Apple has sold millions of units. This Android 2.2-based tablet sports a 7-inch screen, situating it somewhere between a smartphone and the iPad. It also weighs only 13.5 ounces, making it easier to carry compared to the 1.5-pound iPad.
Verizon is selling the Tab sans contract for $599. AT&T undercut its rival by a smidge, offering it for $649 and $14.99 for 250 MB, or $25 for 2GB of storage. T-Mobile and Sprint both sell it for $399 with a two-year deal. U.S. Cellular also sells it $599 sans contract or for $399 with a $14.99 plan for 200MB of storage, and $54.99 a month for 5GB of storage.
Not everyone wants an iPad or a Tab, we know that. Archos has released some svelt looking Android tablets. With a 10.1-inch screen, the Archos 101 is similar to the iPad in form factor, but one can get an Archos tablet with a 3-inch screen, too. The Archos 101 starts at $299.99 for 8 GB, with a 16 GB version available for $349.99.
Now it’s time for something a little different. Like the Archos 10, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 sports a 10.1-inch screen. However, it sports a unique value proposition: It is configured to run both Android and Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium. ViewSonic has several other choices, which you may peruse here. The ViewPad 7 costs $479.