Looking for alternatives to the iPad? The Apple iPad is a leading edge technological device but the price is just too high for many people with fixed incomes. There are now some great alternatives to the iPad on the market that won’t break your pocketbook and that will give you the functions you need in a tablet style PC.  These portable PCs will continue to gain popularity and we should see many new and exciting models coming out in the near future.

Just remember that it’s better to buy something that has some quality to it and not a tablet PC that is on the very cheap side. You want a device that is going to last you until you can save up for something a bit better such as the full iPad from Apple. Here are some alternatives to the iPad.

HP Touchpad Wi-Fi 32 GB 9.7-Inch Tablet Computer

This new tablet from HP allows you to move from one thing to the next as you multi-task and has your related activities grouped together for you. The device syncs your contacts, messages, photos, and email from sources such as Facebook or Google. Listen to music, play games, download movies, read from books, or browse the Internet with this device. The tablet supports web technologies such as Adobe flash. The 32GB Tablet has a 9.7-inch diagonal LED backlit multitouch display. The device retails for around $290.00USD.

Amazon Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire is set to challenge the iPad and it's a great deal at only $200.00USD. You can watch movies, T.V. shows, listen to music, and of course read books on this great new device from Amazon. There are thousands of popular games and apps for use on the device and you can browse the web using Amazon silk. The device features cloud storage for all your Amazon content and it has a color touchscreen with a wide angle for easy viewing. The Kindle has a dual-core processor and it's the prefect device for those looking for a powerful, affordable tablet PC. The Kindle features a very durable display to protect it from dings and scrapes.

Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 8 GB Android Tablet

This device features a 10.1 inch multi-touch screen and an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor with the Android operating system. The device has a rear 5.0 mega pixel camera a 2.0mp front webcam, stereo speakers, and Toshiba sound enhancements. The tablet also has 8GB of internal memory, USB, mini-USB, and HDMI ports, as other included features. The tablet lets you organize you music in one portable place and the large display makes viewing content on your device easy. This tablet is more expensive at around 365.00USD but it's still a great deal for those looking for an alternative to the iPad.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 32GB 10.1-Inch Tablet

This ASUS tablet will run you $540.00 but it has a ton of great features. The tablet is a slim lightweight design with a 10.1 inch display featuring durable scratch-resistant glass. The device features the Android 3.2 operating system while the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset offers support for web technologies such as flash, video conferencing, and more. The table has Front (1.2 MP) and rear (5 MP) cameras for face-to-face video chats, video and picture capturing. The Android keyboard is redesigned for faster entering of text and the keys are easier to target. The ASUS Waveshare interface helps you to easily launch software, manage your content, and access services, with simple taps. The MyNet feature allows users to stream their digital media wirelessly within home network devices, play videos, and music. This tablet has cloud features for easy access to stored content anytime it's needed.

Plenty of Alternatives to the iPad

As the tablet PC market continues to expand you’re going to see even more options for great tablet PCs that will give you alternatives to the iPad. Tablet PC developers are starting to gain some ground and release better devices to compete against the iPad. You have some nice choices out there now when looking for that new tablet PC.