Top 10 MWC Tablets Challenging The iPad
Apple sold over 14 million iPads so far, a huge head start on these tablets introduced or first demoed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The iPad is attacked from all sides: smaller screens, more multimedia blitz or port bonanzas. Can these upcoming tablets show Apple who has the last word in the tablet wars?
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LG Optimus Pad
Lowdown: 8.9-inch dual-core Honeycomb 3D goodness
What's hot: Two 5-megapixel cameras on the back for capturing 3D video, dual core processor, 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling.
Not so hot: No 3D display to watch clips shot with the built-in 3D cameras.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Lowdown: The big (yet slim) brother of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab
What's hot: Dual-core processor with vanilla Android 3.0, 10.1-inch screen, 8-megapixel camera on the back and 2-megapixel on the front.
Not so hot: It has only one port, which is proprietary.
Lowdown: Light 7-inch Android tablet with stylus support
What's hot: Bushed steel body, 1GB of RAM, 1.5GHz processor, dual cameras and stylus support via HTC Sense UI.
Not so hot: Only comes with Android 2.4, not tablet-centric 3.0.
Lowdown: Unnamed Android 3.0 media centric tablet
What's hot: 10.1-inch screen with dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and dual cameras with extra USB, miniUSB and microSD ports.
Not so hot: Although it comes with Android 3.0, it still has typical Android hardware buttons.
Acer Iconia Tab A500
Lowdown: Multimedia 10.1-inch Android tablet
What's hot: Dual-core processor, HDMI-out, dual cameras and 1280 by 768 pixel display.
Not so hot: Only comes with Android 2.3 running on top Acer's custom UI.
ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro
Lowdown: Dual boot Windows 7 and Android 2.2 tablet
What's hot: Intel oak Trail processor with 10.1-inch display, 3G, WiFi and Flash support.
Not so hot: Old Android version, even for smartphone standards.
Lowdown: 10-inch Honeycomb multimedia warrior
(Introduced at CES and demoed at MWC)
What's hot: 1GHz dual core processor, dual cameras with 720p HD recording, 4G LTE upgradable, hotspot feature.
Not so hot: SD card support enabled only after future software update.
Huawei Ideos S7 Slim
Lowdown: 7-inch mid-range Android Tablet
What's hot: Dual cameras with 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Not so hot: Low-resolution screen (800 by 480 pixels) and only Android 2.2.
Lowdown: iPad standoff with fresh OS and complete ecosystem
(First appearance at MWC after HP event earlier this month)
What's hot: WebOS on tablets with front camera and Touchstone wireless technology.
Not so hot: No back camera, no expandable storage.
BlackBerry PlayBook 4G
Lowdown: Totally fresh take on tablets from Research In Motion
(The PlayBook goes 4G and LTE at MWC)
Not so hot: Unclear how it will integrate with BlackBerry smartphones.