Tablet Alternatives Becoming More Available

Archos Multi-ViewArchos' 101 Tablet is now out on the market.

The Archos largest tablet offers a slim profile, camera, HD playback, Micro SD slot, and a number of other unique features not offered by the Ipad.

Archos has been around for a while and one can reasonably expect that their years of experience in the Tablet PC market should be helpful in providing a quality product which can compete with other tablets coming to market during the Christmas Season.  It is also noteworthy that they have been offering Internet tablets for quite some time. However, the Archos 9 Windows-based tablet was not warmly received by consumers and reviewers.  Nevertheless, it does look like the new Archos tablets have a better user interface, better screen response, and overall improved speeds as compared to the much slower Windows-based offering.

Surprisingly, many of the other companies’ new tablets, which were expected by late November, simply haven’t shown up on the scene (Acer, Notion Ink Atom, Toshiba, HP). As such, it does seem that Dell, Archos, and the Chinese knock off companies should do reasonably well this year.  While I would like to see more mainstream companies offering tablets (especially Android products), it looks like early to middle of next year will be a better gauge of what is actually available.

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Fall Tech Preview — CNet (Tablets)

Here’s a look at what’s coming up for Fall 2010 in terms of tablet offerings. Many of these tools will be improved over time and more apps added by the day. Should prove to be an interesting market over the next 18-24 months.  Many of the offerings are intended to provide direct competition to Apple’s IPad.  Only time will tell if it is too late to catch up.  Microsoft and others had put plans on the table long ago and just let time slip by while Apple built up over 200,000 apps, a near monopoly on tablets, and a great reputation for putting out a good product.  CNet Fall Preview Link.