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Seriously? No Decent iPad competition?

I have found myself wanting a thin slate type device for meetings to take notes, pull up websites etc. I won't buy an apple ipad, just because. It seems that the web is abuzz about Google Android tablets, so I did a little research, and even tried buying one. My consumer experience so far has been horrible.

There are MANY android tablets out there right now, but it seems that they all suffer from some common issues. (Be warned, if you are looking for an Android tablet, be aware of these things)

1. Resistive versus capacitive touch screens -- many of these tablets don't support "multi-touch" and many of them require a stylus as well. Yes yes, we all want a multi-touch display. Too bad.

2. Poor quality color displays and poor touch support. So if you get over the lack of multi-touch, the next problem is that all the screens are crappy. They require a hard touch, and just don't have vibrant colors. Not cool for a multimedia device.

3. No App Store ? what ??? Archos tablets actually almost worked out for me until I found out that they run an old version of Android, and they don't have access to the proper full Android store. That's utterly ridiculous. There is no excuse for this from a hardware manufacturer. Way to act like Apple with your "open source" device, Archos. Yes I am aware that us techno geeks can hack the Archos to put on the full app store, but mere mortals won't have a clue how, even when given instructions.

4. English please. Yes, many of the aPad and ePad devices (with the crappy screens) have installed firmware and apps for Chinese users. Some of those are easy to switch to English, and some are impossible.

5. How about a PC then if not Android? This list comes up short too. The Archos 9 is ok, but underpowered, even for a netbook. Most other "netveribles" (notebook with a rotatable touchscreen) were too flimsy, too thick, and still underpowered. At least they were expensive too...

It seems that nobody else is quite ready with something decent. HP slate 500 seems to have been resurrected, but looks to carry a hefty price tag. Asus eepad looks like it might be ok, but they flip flopped with android again, making me worry. The chinese ALMOST have it right with their budget $150-ish tablets.

Sorry to say, but it looks like Apple is still on top of the tablet game.

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