While the iPad, Kindle Fire, and NOOK Color look to be the big tablets this holiday season, we can’t ignore some of the other contenders. Even though their sales may be lower than the Big Three, you might find some combination of features that you like.
Probably the most popular non-Big Three tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which competes directly with the iPad 2. It offers a big 10.1” screen (hence the name), which is actually a tad bigger than the iPad’s – and with slightly better resolution, too. It runs Google’s Android OS, so it’s compatible with whatever Android apps are out there.
Figure 4 Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Also worth considering is the Blackberry PlayBook. It hasn’t gained much traction in the marketplace, but it has a nice 7” screen form factor. If you’re a Blackberry user, it’s a nice match with the existing infrastructure; otherwise, the $499 price is a little much compared to the other 7” tablets out there.
Figure 5 Blackberry’s PlayBook.