The Tablet Market: 15 Vendors Gunning For Apple's iPad Tablet Crown


It's Getting Awfully Crowded In The Tablet Market

Hurry, hurry. There are already two generations of Apple's iPad tablet and while early sales figures for the iPad 2 may not match the record-setting first-generation figures, you can't win if you don't play. The onslaught of Android devices on display at CES 2011 in January has expanded as vendors re-adjust their strategies and offer various form factors and platforms in order to differentiate their product.

If the scramble to develop competitive tablet PCs resembles a gold rush, that's because the top five global PC vendors HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba have all offered extensive and varied tablet plans, as have other manufacturers, who may be faced with the first great opportunity to expand their market share in a long while.

But is it possible to beat Apple in the tablet market now that its second-generation device is thinner, lighter, cheaper and faster than its first? We take a look at 15 vendors with 15 different answers.