Attack of the 'iPad-Killers' — 32 Tablets, Slates, Pads and More

“The $35 Indian Tablet”

Availability: Mid-2011
OS: Linux. Or maybe Android.
Screen size: Unknown (at least to me)
Price: Um, $35? In theory, they might eventually cost ten bucks apiece.
What else: The device is the pet project of Indian Minister for HR Development Kapil Sibal and is meant for use in schools in that country. The host of a tech TV show there pronounced it “fairly impressive.”
More info: Our own Jared Newman is inexplicably skeptical about this product and the intended price point.

Toshiba Libretto W100

Availability: This month
OS: Windows 7
Screen size: Like the eDGe, it’s a dualie–it has two 7? color LCD touchscreens (the bottom one can display content or a keyboard)
Price: $1100
What else: Toshiba isn’t pitching this new model in its venerable Libretto line as an iPad killer. Instead, it says it’s a concept PC which shows off technologies that might become common in future machines.
More info: Here’s Toshiba’s own write-up of the W100.

Toshiba Windows Slate

Availability: This year OS: Windows 7
Screen size: Unknown
Price: Unknown
What else: Yes, another slate from Ballmer’s presentation. Toshiba is one of the few companies left that still offers a full complement of Windows-based Tablet PCs.

Okay, that’s enough for now, although I could go on. (Steve Ballmer’s slide mentioned ten more Windows slates that are supposedly on the way, mostly from Asian suppliers.)

Are you genuinely excited by any of these? Do you think any will be breakout hits? If I were Steve Jobs, I wouldn’t be rattled by by of them, although details are so scant on many that it’s impossible to form an opinion, period.

I already mentioned that I found the Cisco Cius intriguing; Notion Ink’s Adam also stands out from the pack. I’m itching to learn details about HP’s WebOS device. And I remain extremely skeptical about Windows 7 as a tablet operating system–but I’m willing to be pleasantly surprised…

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