Sizing Up the iPad's Competition

The iPad might be the tablet market's forerunner, but here's a roundup of devices that will try and compete with the new Apple product.
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CUPERTINO, Calif. (TheStreet) --Apple (AAPL) - Get Report opened tablet season with its hotly anticipated iPad on Saturday.

The thin touch-screen device -- don't call it a toy -- sold well on its opening day, hitting the 300,000 mark. But all eyes in tech on are what happens from here. Apple hopes the iPad leads a category of its own remaking.

Other big names in tech are hoping they can build sturdy -- if not formidable -- competitors to the iPad.

Read on to view a roundup of some of the most promising tablets.


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Google's tablet

Calling its tablet effort the

Chromium Project

,

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

posted its own prototype of a

Google tablet

earlier this year. The touch-screen device is expected to run on

Google's Chrome operating system

, a step or two up from the Android software for smartphones.


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Microsoft Courier

The Courier's a tablet so nice

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

made it twice. The early version of the

Microsoft Courier

has two touch-screens that fold together like a book. The prototype embraces the new touch-and-swipe controls as well as a handwriting recognition technology that is a huge throwback to the quaint stylus era.


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H-P's Slate

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

has been giving some sneak peeks into its own tablet,

the Slate

. With support for

Adobe's

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Flash technology, the Slate will also use Windows 7 operating system. The device has already been

championed by Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report CEO Steve Ballmer

.


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Dell's Mini 5

With a five-inch screen,

Dell's

(DELL) - Get Report

scaled-down tablet will be available later this year. Aimed at users that want to consolidate a number of gadgets into one device, the Mini 5 runs on Google's

Android

operating system and comes with a webcam and a five-megapixel camera. Dell has not yet revealed pricing and availability for the Mini 5, but has confirmed that the device will offer GSM capabilities.


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Lenovo's IdeaPad U1

Lenovo

dazzled fans at the Consumer Electronics Show in January with a

convertible hybrid tablet

that doubles as tablet or connects as a screen to a notebook. The company promises to make the U1 available this summer.


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--Written by James Rogers and Scott Moritz in New York

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