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We take an almost unbiased look at why every iPad competitor is a complete joke.

How often have you seen someone using an iPad competitor? If your experience is anything like ours, probably not very often. That’s because a non-iPad tablet is something of a unicorn in the wild, except it’s far less magical. We decided to take a look at what went wrong for these iPad challengers and determine whether they have a shot in the future.

Motorola Xoom

The Motorola Xoom wasn’t merely playing catch-up—it was supposed to be better than the iPad.

When the Xoom broke onto the scene, Motorola elected to position it as the hardcore alternative to the iPad. It had all the makings of a serious competitor, too: a controversial Super Bowl commercial, 4G capability, MicroSD, and, of course, Flash. There was only one problem—when it launched, it didn’t support Flash or MicroSD, and as of press time, there’s still no ability to upgrade to 4G. Those hardcore early adopters will have been left waiting for over six months. And did we mention the 3G version retailed for $800?

But how’d it sell? In its first three months, Motorola moved 440,000 Xoom units. Certainly not a number to scoff at — unless, of course, you’re comparing it to Apple’s 9.3 million iPad shipments during the same quarter.

BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook proved specs aren’t everything.

The BlackBerry PlayBook was unique in that it didn’t attempt to be a carbon copy of the iPad. In fact, it’s one of the only major tablets on the market with a substantially smaller form factor that still managed to pack some awesome specs. It launched with 16-64GB of flash memory and 1GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it was plagued with a huge problem — incomplete software. In what can only be described as a huge disappointment, the PlayBook launched without native email or a calendar. As of mid-September, RIM still had yet to update the system software. Surprisingly, the PlayBook has actually sold fairly well. First-day sales were approximately 50,000, and first-quarter results came in at about 500,000 total. But can it keep up the momentum? All signs point toward “no” — RIM revised its second-quarter results from a predicted 1 million to 800,000.

HP TouchPad

A carbon copy of an outdated iPad is hardly the revolutionary product some were hoping for.

The TouchPad was perhaps the most dead-on-arrival “competition” the iPad ever had. Fans everywhere lauded the first webOS-equipped tablet, but the hardware was so weak that, by the time the TouchPad launched on July 1, it was already completely outdated. It was squashed by disappointed critics (no front-facing camera, similar dimensions and specs as the iPad 1) and sold embarrassingly few units. Eventually, HP saw the error in its ways and overcorrected in colossal fashion. It cut the entire division (along with a few others), and began a fire sale of $99 TouchPads. But hey, at least people wanted them then…

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire, announced on September 28th could be the tablet iPad-holdouts have been waiting for. It's cheap — both in function and price, but it's not made to contend with the iPad as a high-end device — and that might just be why it will. For $200, the pricetag is sure to lure in Mr. & Mrs. Dontknowtech. Whether or not it has any staying power, cracks when you breath on it, or emits flames every quarter hour is yet to be seen. But we like what we see, and competition is a good thing, even if the Fire isn't set to burn through Apple's marketshare. 


iPad 2

The iPad 2 is more than the front runner in the tablet industry — it’s really the only worthwhile tablet.

We all know the story of the iPad 2. Apple once again proved that there’s no “i” in “tablet” but there is in “win.” The thinner, lighter iPad came packing an Apple A5 processor and the cameras we all hoped for. Unfortunately, those cameras were also part of the iPad 2’s greatest flaw—they were the same quality as the iPod touch’s, making them ultimately useless for anything besides FaceTime. In the end, no amount of criticism or competitors could stop Apple’s second-gen tablet from selling like hotcakes. Online buyers in 26 countries had a wait time of three to four weeks to get their hands on the best tablet on the market.