The iPad, like many Apple and non-Apple products, is manufactured in far off China, but so too are the numerous rip-off clones which invariably arises, and that now includes the iPad clone, the iPed, as seen above, which obviously takes its name and its general good looks from the iPad.
One big difference, of course, is that this alternative clone runs an operating system based on Android rather than the iPad's iPhone OS, and, in addition this slightly heavier device only features a slow-poke 600-MHz RockChip processor, as well as a much lower resolution screen measuring only 800 x 480 pixels. In comparison, the iPad features a blistering fast A4 custom Apple chip, running at 1-GHz., and its screen resolution is a much sharper 1024 x 758 pixels. One advantage that the iPed does have, however, is that it offers a full gigabyte of RAM compared to the iPad's much more limited 256 megabytes. The iPed also features support for up to 16 gigabytes of storage via a micro-SD card, and the nicest part is that the iPed also features a much, much lower price of approximately $150, or only about one quarter the price of the iPad itself!
The iPed's biggest distinction, at the moment, however, is simply that it's the very first iPad clone of what should be many, many more to follow. In addition to what I predict will be a virtual flood of cheap Chinese iPad rip offs, we should also soon see a flood of real, honest-to-goodness genuine iPad alternatives from companies such as Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, Dell, among others.
One such iPad alternative, recently shown off at this year's Computex trade show in Taiwan, is namely the impressive looking Windows 7 based ExoPC slate seen below. ExoPC offers up some pretty amazing hardware and software features, including its very own cool graphical user interface that piggy-backs on the top of Windows 7's, which, to be quiet honest, is an OS much better designed and suited to be use on a regular PC desktop, rather than that of a tablet.
In conclusion, the iPed may be just the very first cheap, water-downed iPad clone, but it definitely won't be the last, just as surely as the ExoPC slate won't be the last real tablet alternative either. After all, nothing succeeds quite like success, and thanks to the incredible success of the iPad, you can bet your last pair of pink colored bloomers and silk striped panty hose, that as far as tablets goes, there's simply no going back now - the tablet's time has now finally arrived, and all thanks in large part to the overwhelming success of the iPad itself!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Monday, May 31, 2010