Taking Aim At iPad

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 7:57am

Competition in the tablet computer market heats up.

Apple has sold more than 3 million iPads this year, but a vast array of tablet computer competitors are ready to give chase.

Last week Blackberry introduced its "Playbook" tablet computer.

It won't be out until early next year, and a price hasn't been announced, but the Playbook is smaller, thinner and lighter than iPad, with capabilities the front runner lacks, including dual HD cameras and Flash video.

Samsung will get a jump on the Playbook later this month with its Galaxy tablet.

It's the same size as the Playbook, and it's also got Flash capabilities as well as dual cameras.

It's based on Google's increasingly popular Android operating system.

Dell's Streak tablet also uses Android and is already on the market.

It's four inches smaller than the 9 inch iPad, but a 7 inch streak, like the Galaxy and Playbook, is on the way.

Mystery surrounds Hewlett Packard's entry, the Slate.

It's a Windows 7 powered tablet that was previewed back in January.

It's expected to be released in time for Christmas shopping.

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