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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Toshiba 10.1 inch Tablet: A Tough Challenger for Apple iPad 2

Toshiba is coming up with its first tablet PC very soon and a product page for the 10.1-inch device has already been created at Amazon where interested users can sign up to be notified for the arrival of the device. The tablet, which Toshiba has not yet given any specific name to, is expected to be launched very soon.

You might wonder what made me consider the Toshiba Tablet to be a potential challenger for Apple’s iPad 2 which is now the most hot-shot product in the technology world. Well, to be honest, there is hardly any difference between Toshiba tablet and iPad 2, considering the hardware specs of the two devices.

The device from Toshiba comes up with a 10.1-inch multi-touch display featuring Adaptive Display technology and the screen supports 720p video. Powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, the tablet features a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus for capturing video and images. It seems to be clear that Toshiba tablet has an edge over its Apple counterpart.

Unlike iPad 2, the Tablet PC from Toshiba features USB, mini-USB, full-sized SD card reader. That means Toshiba enables users to expand memory and enjoy file sharing between the tablet and other electronic devices. This is definitely an advantage for Toshiba device over iPad 2 which does not provide the users with any USB or memory card slot.

Moreover, the Toshiba tablet supports Adobe Flash, a facility unavailable in iPad 2. So, Toshiba users would have access to Flash-required content on their device, unlike the iPad 2 users. In addition, Toshiba may not offer a unique feature like smart-cover which is available with iPad 2, but the Toshiba tablet comes with an easy-grip interchangeable backplate which is non-slip and will help the users to hold the device comfortably while on the go.

Apple app store is said to be one of the biggest advantages of iPad 2 as the online store for applications allows iPad 2 users to choose from more than 65,000 apps. Naturally, users can easily find the apps that could meet their interest. It is true that Toshiba’s Android-based tablet cannot provide its users with so many apps at the Android Marketplace, but then Toshiba itself has created an online store where the company has stored most popular apps which it believes would meet the need of the users.

Overall, it is pretty much clear that Toshiba Android Tablet could be a tough challenger for Apple iPad 2 tablet PC.

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