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Can Anything Topple The iPad?

David Gilbert


Can Anything Topple The iPad?

While many will disagree, since the original launched 18 months ago, no tablet has been able to come near surpassing the Apple iPad.

Now many of you will be getting hot under the collar at this blatantly pro-Apple statement, and that’s alright, because you have the chance to have your say. Thanks to the TrustedReviews 2011 Awards powered by Duracell, you now have a chance to prove the statement wrong.

The Best Tablet 2011 category is one of the most intriguing in the entire Awards, as Android tablet have finally begun to at least challenge the iPad’s dominance. In April 2010, Apple stole a march on the rest of the industry by releasing the original iPad and ever since the likes of Samsung, Motorola, Acer and Asus have been playing catch up.

The iPad certainly has its faults. No expandable memory, a closed eco-system and a relatively high price means that it just won’t be for everyone. However it has proved hugely popular with the general public and reviewers alike.

This year we have seen a number of genuine contenders for Apple’s crown. The first was the Asus Eee Pad Transformer which, when combined with its dock, can operate as a laptop – albeit one running Android software. Another more conventional tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was a huge improvement over the previous generation Samsung Galaxy Tab.

But as we say the choice is your. If you haven’t done yet, then get voting now because as well as getting the chance to influence the outcome, you can also bag yourself £2,000 of technology goodies.

Also let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree with the statement that iPad is still king.

Vote Now: Best Tablet 2011

Darren Williamson

November 12, 2011, 9:12 pm

Have to agree with that, having owned both a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and an iPad 2. The Galaxy Tab I owned for over two months, but in the end I had to take it back and got a full refund because it had a faulty screen. I was actually glad I had this issue as reason to return it as I found Android to be too buggy. The iPad 2 really is better made and functions smoothly without any issues. There are one or two things that the Tab did better, but overall the iPad is far superior.


November 14, 2011, 10:30 am

I still maintain that the tablet is a portable gimmick made into an entire industry. The Apple bubble of hype and brand loyalty will mean it simply doesn't conform to the same market standards as it's rivals and will dominate the tablet market, even if the product was vastly inferior, which the iPad is not anyway.

This vote is a foregone conclusion, and what will come after the iPad is where the interest lies.


November 14, 2011, 9:25 pm

@Disgrace: I still maintain that the tablet is a portable gimmick

I've personally not got one yet, not really found the need personally.
But would you say a Laptop is a portable gimmick?, you see in some ways a Tablet is really no different, the difference anyway are not huge. They might not be for everyone, but branding them gimmicky is missing the point. eg, recently had a new kitchen fitted, the kitchen fitter used an iPad2 to show work he'd done in the past, yes this could have been done with a laptop, but using the iPad just felt more natural.


November 16, 2011, 3:28 am

The iPad's finish, on and off screen is no more necessary than the sophistication of B&O or Lowe hardware, but it is as desirable and a lot cheaper. It particular it is striking how the interface really tries to look like it was actual objects gliding smoothly under the screen. Is it useful ? Just as much as apps can be useful.

The Android tablets are less useful (fewer apps), didn't come first, aren't cheaper have a less polished UI (even if better imho), don't have dedicated display stands to show them off in shops, don't have a full range of docks and accessories from a zillion providers, where do I stop ?

Android phones found it easier to trump iPhones thanks to the comparatively huge premium on the iPhone and the intrinsic usefulness of a mobile phone. I am delighted with mine. Also, the market was already there with corporate and private buyers, with Bberry and Nokia asleep at the wheel.

Apple truly created a market for themselves with the iPad. It'll take eee pad transformer hardware running windows 8 to marginalise it. In the meantime, the money keeps flowing in.

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