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A few years back when a person said Tablets, it would automatically mean the iPad. However the tablet has moved beyond the iPad shadow and today and the customers has a wider choice today.
This does not mean that the iconic Apple products have lost all its glory. Today Ipad still dominate the tablet market and has almost 50% of the market share. However it is not 82 % which it was two years back. The new ipad is equipped with the gorgeous Retina display. The latest iPhone 5 runs on LTE wireless connectivity.
We should also not forget that the previous generation iPad 2 can be had at a lesser price of $399 to $599.
However Apple has lost a lot of its sheen and image of invincibility. LTE wireless connectivity is available in the Android smartphones which was released earlier than iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5 still does not feature the NFC. The alternatives which are available for the users includes:
Google Nexus 7
After a number of failures, Google shook hands with Asus and launched the Nexus 7 a much more compact Google branded device. With a 7 inch screen and the Jelly Bean Android version of OS, the Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 is priced at $199 making it within reach of most individuals as compared to the premium range of iPad 2 and the new iPad. The downside of the Nexus 7 is its meager 8GB storage space and less collection of content.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Amazon has a huge stockpile of e-books, videos and music and it has used this feature to its full advantage in its 7 inch screened Kindle Fire HD. While at the price of $199 you get 8 GB of storage space, the Kindle Fire gives you 16 GB of storage space at the same price. The downside of the Kindle Fire HD is that it is slower and even though it runs on the Android platform, it does not have the accessibility to the vast universe of Android apps. However if you are already a member of Amazon Prime you can use this to avail the Kindle Lending Library feature s in the Kindle Fire HD. A bigger version of the Kindle Fire HD, the 8.9 inch screen version is being introduced in November. Important features include a price tag of $299, or $499 with a first-year-discounted LTE plan from AT&T.
Sony Xperia Tablet S
With a teardrop design, the Sony Xperia Tablet was introduced last year and won rave and positive reviews. However the low-priced construction, badly placed controls and connectors, and lethargic performance proved to be its nemesis. The new versions have tried to remove some of the drawbacks like a more user-friendly and a new processor from Nvidia has helped it to shake off its earlier negative outlooks among the customers.
So, you can see that there is more in the world than the iPad and many viable brands are available and some into production and they will not be making life easy for the Cupertino giant. The world changes so quickly and Apple has also realized that and has become more open and answerable to the users. When Tim Cook apologized for the horrible map applications on its new iOS 6 it showed clearly that the era of monopoly of the Apple products is over and today the users have a wider choice.