Top Five Cheap but Powerful Alternatives to iPads

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It is no doubt that iPads will dominate the tablet market for the foreseeable future, but the devices now witness some serious competitors like Nook Color, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Acer Iconia Tablet and Dell Streak 7. The prestigious tablets are even cheaper than the cheapest iPad ($499) and regarded as powerful alternatives to it.
 
Nook Color
 
Thanks to a nice Android upgrade, the latest Nook Color has turned from an e-read into a fully-functional touchscreen tablet with basic movies, pictures and music apps, plus a Pandora app while its price is only $249 vs. $499 of an iPad 2. The device also features a faster processor and more storage and memory. What’s more, the Nook Color’s users can even access to Barnes & Noble's massive e-book library. 

The Nook Color prices $249

The Nook Color - $249

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch tablet with front and rear-facing cameras, was the first competitor of iPad. Though the device offers full access to the Android Market apps store and runs Android 2.2, its price has decreased significantly since its release last fall.


There are a ton of pricing variations for the Galaxy Tab. For example, the Wi-Fi only version costs $349.99. T-Mobile offers it for $249.99 with a two-year contract while AT&T sells it for $549.99 with a two-year contract

There are a ton of pricing variations for the Galaxy Tab. For example, the Wi-Fi only version costs $349.99. T-Mobile offers it for $249.99 with a two-year contract while AT&T sells it for $549.99 with a two-year contract

 

Asus Eeepad Transformer

Asus Eeepad Transformer is a 10.1 inch tablet, featuring a snappy Tegra 2 processor, 16 GB of storage, two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card reader plus front and rear-facing cameras. It claims a bargain for Android Honeycomb-running tablet.


The Asus Eeepad Transformer’s price is $399.99 at Best Buy

The Asus Eeepad Transformer’s price is $399.99 at Best Buy

 

Acer Iconia Tablet

Another affordable Honeycomb tablet is Acer Iconia, which is very similar to the Asus Eeepad. The device is equipped with a 10.1 inch display, Tegra 2 processor, and 16 GB of internal storage. It is a lot cheaper than most other Honeycomb tablets.


The Acer Iconia Tablet is sold at $449.99 from Best Buy

The Acer Iconia Tablet is sold at $449.99 from Best Buy

 

Dell Streak 7

Though the Dell Streak 7 has a higher price than the rest of this list, it has some impressive features that appeal its users including the outdated Android 2.2 Froyo, a 7-inch screen as well as a rear 5 MP camera and a front-facing 1.3 MP camera for video chat.


Users can purchase the Wi-Fi only version for $399.99 or $199.99 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile

Users can purchase the Wi-Fi only version for $399.99 or $199.99 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile

 

 

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This article was published on 2011/05/11