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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.

CUPERTINO, Calif. (TheStreet) --Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. 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.


Google's tablet

Calling its tablet effort the

Chromium Project



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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


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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.


H-P's Slate


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has been giving some sneak peeks into its own tablet,

the Slate

. With support for


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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 Microsoft Corporation Report CEO Steve Ballmer



Dell's Mini 5

With a five-inch screen,


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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


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.


Lenovo's IdeaPad U1


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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