Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) may think it’s cornered the market for tablet computers with its iPad, but for small businesses, it’s not the only game in town. A slew of technology companies are launching tiny, light weight touch screen computers. Here’s a look at some competing tablet computers for small business owners.
Known for its MP3 players, Archos has entered the tablet PC market with its Archos 9 PC tablet. The device, which boasts an 8.9-inch touch screen, weighs just 29 ounces and runs Windows 7 Starter Edition. The device is WiFi and Bluetooth enabled and includes HD video. The tablet allows small business owners to create documents with the QWERTY virtual keyboard and host meetings with the video conferencing Web cam and microphone.
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For many impatient computer users waiting to boot up to access the Internet can be downright annoying. The joojoo tablet PC from Fusion Garage claims to start up in just nine seconds, giving you near-instant Internet access. What’s more, there’s no pre-loaded applications, windows, or menus to slowdown the boot time. The device weighs in at 2.4 pounds and has a 12.1-inch touch screen. The joojoo, which sells for $499.99 comes with a 4 GB solid state drive and 1GB of RAM.
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Not to be undercut by Apple, Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) last week began shipping its Streak tablet for $299.99 with a two-year contract with AT&T (NYSE:T) and $549.99 sans contract. The Dell Streak runs on the Android operating systems, has a five- inch touch screen, built in Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth and 3G connectivity. With the Streak, business users can listen to music, surf the Web, e-mail, and make phone calls. For the environmentally-conscience users the Streak is packaged with cushions made from 100% sustainable, compostable bamboo.
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On the pricier side of the tablet market, sits Electrovaya’s Scribbler. For $2,089, small business owners get a tablet PC that weighs 3.4lbs, has a 12.1-inch LCD screen, a 1.3MP camera and runs off the Intel Core 2 Duo chipset. The Scribbler has a detachable keyboard, a biometric device for security and is 802.11 a/b/g equipped. The touch screen works with both a stylus and your finger.
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Small business owners that are less than gentle on their gear should check out the iX104C4 Rugged Tablet PC. The “tough as nails” device is encased in triple layer magnesium housing and is protected by a rugged bumper system. According to the company, it can withstand repeated drops onto concrete, the most extreme temperatures and extended use in high vibration situations. The device weighs 5.2 pounds and has a 10.4-inch display. Dell sells the iX104C4 starting at $4,519.99.
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Better watch your back Apple: You aren’t the only tablet available for small business owners. Find the one that suits your business.