Best alternatives to the iPad 2

We round-up the best iPad 2 alternatives, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom

Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2 has just hit Australian shores, with prices starting at $579 for the entry level 16GB Wi-Fi version.

Despite being the dominant player in the relatively new tablet market, there is set to be plenty of valid alternatives to the iPad 2, particularly Android tablets.

The newest of these is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, which will launch in Australia in mid-April through Vodafone. Samsung is serious about the tablet market — the company will also launch the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and a thinner, lighter version of Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the same name. Both of these new Android tablets will hit Australia sometime between July and September.

Along with the Galaxy Tab, the iPad 2 will face competition from the Motorola Xoom, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, the HTC Flyer and LG's Optimus Pad — all of which are expected to launch this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v and its Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system offer a credible alternative to the iPad 2, but one that falls behind Apple when it comes to general usability and slickness. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v is a nice albeit incomplete-feeling start to life with Honeycomb.

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  • 30th March, 2011
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • Samsung
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  • Pros:
  • Honeycomb Android 3.0 software
  • Excellent cameras
  • Slick Web browser
  • Cons:
  • No memory card slot
  • No HDMI
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb still a work in progress
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