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iPad Envy? Check Out These Tablet Alternatives
Despite all the hype, the iPad isn't the only tablet in town. Here's a look at several tablet alternatives.

Steve Jobs Unveils iPad

Any comparison needs to begin with the "JesusPad" itself.
Apple’s latest new gadget sports a 9.7” multi-touch display, runs on the iPhone OS, and, naturally, does just about everything the iPhone can -- and more.  Plus, it’s super-slim and lightweight at 1.5lbs.
Its price ranges between $500 and $830.
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HP TouchSmart Tm2 Tablet

Not crazy about being restricted to Apple-approved software from the App store?  The HP TouchSmart Tm2t has a full operating system running on it: Windows 7.  You can install virtually any Windows program you like on one of these.  It's also nice to have a physical keyboard for more serious computing. 
The Tm2t has a 12.1" multi-touch screen, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, is just an inch thick, and even features an HDMI output so it can be hooked up to a TV.  This fully-customizable tablet starts at $899.99. 
(Credit: HP)
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Lenovo S10-3 Tablet

Looking for something a bit less expensive?  Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-3T  tablet netbook retains the openness of the Windows 7 platform at a more-affordable starting price of $499.99.  
The S10-3T is powered by an Intel Atom processor and sports a 10.1" multitouch display... all in a 3.3 lb package.
(Credit: Lenovo)
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Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet

If you want to give a Google Android-powered solution a try, take a look at the Archos 5 Internet Media tablet.  
Unlike the iPad, this device supports Flash videos and includes a full e-mail client with complete file attachment handling.  It also throws in GPS functionality.  
You can nab one on Newegg.com for $369.99.
(Credit: Archos)
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HP Slate

This yet-to-be-named device was shown off by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2010.  HP's upcoming slate device has a super-slim form factor and will reportedly run Windows 7.  HP says it will be released some time this year.
(Credit: HP)
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Slate Computers on Display at CES 2010

Several upcoming slate computers featuring Windows 7 on display at CES 2010 in Las Vegas
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Amazon Kindle DXi

Amazon's Kindle DXi is pictured here. The New York Times reported last week that Amazon has acquired the touch-screen technology company Touchco, which some analysts say indicates that Amazon is looking to beef up its Kindle offerings. 
Like Apple, Amazon's got its own online music and movie store with competitive prices.  It's not a far-fetched idea that future Kindles could include access to this media, making it a formidable alternative to the iPad.  Though, of course, that's all speculation at this point.
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iPad Envy? Check Out These Tablet Alternatives

Despite all the hype, the iPad isn't the only tablet in town. Here's a look at several tablet alternatives.

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