The iPad is not only top in its field for consumer satisfaction, but according to a report from last week, the American Customer satisfaction Index has listed it has having the highest satisfaction index that it has ever tracked, for any device... period!. No wonder why everyone else, in tech land, is rushing, like mad, to come out with their own iPad like tablet.
One of the latest is Sharp, with their Galapagos e-reading tablets. These new iPad like-looking devices come in two sizes: a baby 5.5 incher, and a 10.8 bigger grown-up version. Along with Sharp's new tablets, it will also be rolling out its own version of Apple's e-book store come this December.
Of course, these are basically designed to be used as reading tablets, and therefore they might be more of an threat to the likes of a Kindle or other e-book reader than to an all-in-one tablet like the iPad itself. As you can see in the above photo, via Engadget, via Sharp, the five-inchers look more like that of an iPhone, while the larger tablet resembles looks more like that of an iPad.
Since I don't have access to either of these 'sharp' looking Sharp devices, I'll have to limit myself to simply saying that they at least look rather sexy, but whether or not they'll be of the type of quality or ease of use that has made the iPad the most satisfying electronic gizmo like .... well, since forever, that I can't say.
However, I will say, in conclusion, that from this point on, the tablet race is on baby! This will be primarily a race to unseat the current king-of-the-hill tablet, and the most satisfying device ever tracked, the iPad.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Monday, September 27, 2010