Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Further thoughts about the iPad 2 and the rest of the competition

Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

Well, this is the week of the iPad so I had to get a post in of my own to talk about it a little bit and try not to cover what's already been covered on our blog here and here. I know that we have discussed in depth the upcoming competitors to the iPad, but now that the iPad 2 is official, it seems fitting that we give it a real comparison. Personally, I think the iPad 2 looks great, but will probably not change the mind of those who are against certain things it lacks (click the third "here" above)--it really didn't pick up any of those. And for those of you with iPad 1's, unless you plan on doing a lot of video editing or video outputting via the new HDMI accessory, you may just want to wait until the iPad 3 or 2.5--it might be here sooner than you think.

But, to that comparison I was talking about. Lifehacker put up a great table today comparing all the major players. Take a look here and judge them for yourself.

Of further interest is the review Gizmodo put up today on the Xoom, here. They make a couple of great points: 1) The Xoom (and Android 3.0) is a tablet that simulates the PC experience much more so than the iPad (whether that's a good thing is personal preference) and 2) The experience on the Xoom seems incomplete.

It's a great time to be in the market for a slate tablet.

About the author:

Dr. Riley Alexander is a pathology resident at Indiana University School of Medicine, blog "addict" and avid follower of technology. His primary interests revolve around how technology, especially mobile, will create increased efficiency, enhanced physician education and better delivery of care in the medical field. Dr. Alexander is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine with a combined MD/MBA, in partnership with IU's Kelley School of Business. Due to this, he is also very interested in management, healthcare policy and non-clinical aspects of the medical field and enjoys exploring non-clinical opportunities for medical students, residents and physicians. He completed his undergraduate education at IU-Bloomington.

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