Slate Wars: 15 Tablets That Could Rival Apple's iPad

The iPad has captured many hearts and minds, but a fleet of rival tablets led by a separatist Android army is about to attack, armed with HD Flash video, multitouch screens, front-facing cameras, multitasking...even Windows 7. Let's take a look.

Archos 9 PCtablet

On paper, the Archos 9 looks impressive. Specs include a 60GB hard disk, Windows 7, a front-facing Webcam, Flash support, and a price of $549. But its 8.9-inch display is resistive and lacks multitouch, and the company appears not to have made Windows 7 more finger-friendly. Archos sells 7- and 5-inch Android-based tablets/MIDs, as well, and the company recently announced the Archos 8 Home Tablet--essentially an 8-inch touchscreen photo frame that runs Android.

OS: Windows 7 Starter Edition

Key specs: 8.9-inch LED-backlit resistive single-touch display (1024 by 600 pixels), 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z510 CPU, 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 60GB hard-disk drive, Intel GMA 500 graphics, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Other features: Front-facing 1.3-megapixel Webcam for video conferencing, optical trackpoint, mouse-click and virtual keyboard buttons, mini backlight

Size and weight: 10.1 by 5.3 by 0.7 inches (height by width by thickness); 1.8 pounds

Due: Available now

Price: $549

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