It may have taken a long time for the competition to respond to Apple’s iPod and iPhone. Not so with the iPad: All sorts of companies — Google, Sony and Research in Motion, to name a few — are sitting up and taking notice of the iPad, thanks to Apple’s claim that it sold a million of its tablets in less than a month.
Since then, rumors of half-a-dozen new tablets have leaked out. Tablets haven’t been this hot since Moses came down from Mount Sinai.
But with all the news, there’s a lot of confusion. And, so far, none of the tablets is available for purchase, and most haven’t even been officially announced. It’s all vaporware at this point.
That said, here’s an overview of some interesting tablets we expect — or hope — to see this year. And don’t miss our earlier roundup of even more non-Apple tablets.
Verizon, Google Working on a Tablet
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed last week that Verizon has been “working on tablets” with Google, combining hardware and Google’s services “to make it a great experience.”
Google hasn’t commented on this, but a few months ago it released a video of what a Google tablet might look like. Considering the company’s dominant position in services like search, e-mail, maps and calendars, it could be an extremely powerful rival to the iPad.
On the other hand, Google doesn’t have a lot of experience designing hardware. Its smartphone, the Nexus One (developed in conjunction with HTC) is far from becoming a smash hit.