We are starting to enter the holiday season and that means this is the iPad’s first one. So we all can expect that Apple will have better than decent sales for the third half of their fiscal year(heck, even Wal-Mart and Target are selling them now!). However, with the lowest price point being around $500.00 not everybody who has one on their wishlist will be able to get one. So what are you supposed to do when you cannot afford to buy the iPad? Luckily, they do have a large amount of clones or knockoffs that runs either Windows or Android OS. They do have a couple running on Linux, but not many. Most run on the Android OS.
Here are a couple of iPad clones that do not require any contract or cost over $400.00. Please do know that these links I am putting in here to the products are not affiliate links. Thus, this is all based on my own opinion and research, and I earn nothing if you choose to buy these products.
One nice thing about this tablet is that it they offer to upgrade your OS, so you can choose which edition you get on your tablet. For the price you actually get a web cam included in it-which if you can recall that the iPad does not have. They also include a stylus for those who hate to use the touch screen.
Pandigital 7″ eBook Multimedia $159.99
Don’t let the title of this project scare you off. They may call it an eReader, but like many of the others. it is much more than that. You can surf the web, play music and watch videos. Like the iPad, it has no camera but it makes a good gift for those who want an eReader or a minor entertainment computer. I believe this one runs on Android OS.
Most Android based tablets come with the option of having Linux, though not all do. For an example, the first one listed did not list Linux as an option. Your best bet would to seek out one that does offer it Linux editions, for those who want to use it over Android or Windows. For an example the Archos 7 has two types out, which one uses Linux instead of Android.
For Windows 7 tablets, they will most likely come out starting in 2011. However, you can likely still find a couple XP or Vista tablets around the market. Still, Windows on a tablet is still pretty rare like Linux running ones.
Do not feel limited to the products listed here, since they do have a wide range of tablets including the original iPad. This is merely a few ideas for those on your holiday shopping list who want a tablet computer. Feel free to add your own ideas and thoughts to the mix. Also, do not forget to subscribe for free to the RSS feed for more tips, news and reviews