En español | Ever since Apple launched the iPad, consumer electronics makers have been foaming at the mouth to get competitive products to market. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, manufacturers announced plans for more than one hundred new tablets, many with a version of Google's Android operating system optimized for these devices. But now that many are finally shipping, is any going to bruise the Apple?
We looked at offerings from seven makers, by no means the full scope of the tablet universe, but it will give you some idea of what's out there.
Best known for the Thinkpad line of laptops it bought from IBM, Lenovo is ambitiously introducing three tablets. The Thinkpad Tablet, which is just starting to ship, uses Google's Android operating system. It is largely geared for business and has an available keyboard along with a host of business applications. The IdeaPad K-1, which is available now, uses Android and has a textured back that prevents it from slipping. Also coming this fall, the IdeaPad P-1, which uses a tablet version of Windows 7.
Archos Internet Tablet 101
Unlike the other players in the category, Archos traditionally makes media players that let you take tons of movies and videos on the go. The Archos tablet is clearly designed as an entertainment device, equipped with a stand so you can set it on your desk to watch movies. It uses an earlier version of Android, which is not optimized for tablets. It has Wi-Fi connectivity.