Pundits are predicting that Apple will sell 21 million iPads next year, which isn’t bad for a gadget that some people wrote off as a dud when it was first announced.

The iPad’s popularity has opened other manufacturers’ eyes to the appeal of compact tablet computers though, and some information slipped out this week that shows what the competition has in store.

Pundits are predicting that Apple will sell 21 million iPads next year, which isn’t bad for a gadget that some people wrote off as a dud when it was first announced.

The iPad’s popularity has opened other manufacturers’ eyes to the appeal of compact tablet computers though, and some information slipped out this week that shows what the competition has in store.

First up is the Samsung Galaxy, due for release at the beginning of November. With a 7” screen, this is smaller than the 10” iPad, but there’s a clear resemblance in the overall design. Despite running the Google Android operating system, there’s some similarity in the way the Galaxy works, too — as this nine-minute video demo shows.

The only catch is the price and the Galaxy, with its built-in 3G modem, costs £599.99 at Amazon — and that’s with a £200 discount. The 3G iPad, on the other hand, costs £529 and the Wi-Fi-only model is £100 less.

Movie

Next is a video that shows a prototype the HP Slate in action. This was first seen at a US trade show at the beginning of the year, when Microsoft unveiled it just before Apple’s iPad launch. The 7” Windows-powered Slate was thought to be a dead duck after HP bought smartphone maker Palm a few months ago, so it’s unclear what this demo video is showing. As the video makes apparent though, the Slate in this particular form poses no threat to the iPad — after all, it has a Ctrl + Alt + Delete button…

Finally, BlackBerry maker RIM is rumoured to be working on a tablet too, but details are scant at this stage. Some reports reckon this could be announced as early next week and will most likely take the form of a 7” touchscreen device that will use a different operating system to the BlackBerry smartphone, but it’s all speculation at this stage.

There are a handful of other tablet computers in the pipeline from other manufacturers, but we've yet to see one that's as slick as Apple's effort — maybe 2011 will be the year that all changes.

Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent caravan reviews

Xplore 422

£14,249

The Practical Caravan 2018 Xplore 422 review – 1 - The new-for-2018 Xplore 422 costs £14,249, £14,718 as tested (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Adria Action 361 LT review – 1 - The Adria Action 361 LT should certainly stand out on site – and it has an MTPLM of just 1100kg (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Elddis Avanté 860 review – 1 - With an MTPLM of 1695kg, you'll need a big tow car to pull this new-for-2018 twin-axle tourer (© Practical Caravan)

Venus 570/4

£16,499

The Practical Caravan Venus 570/4 review – 1 - Tweaked for 2018, the Venus 570/4 is priced from £16,499 (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Buccaneer Barracuda review – 1 - There are new graphics for the 2018-season range of Buccaneer caravans (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Knaus StarClass 480 review – 1 - The Knaus StarClass 480 has been ungraded for 2018 and is priced from £26,699 (© Andy Jenkinson/Practical Caravan)