Tablet Wars: iPad vs HP Slate vs JooJoo vs Dell Mini 5 vs Archos7 vs Notion Ink Adam

Not since the MP3 Wars of the last decade has there been as much excitement over the launch of a new type of hand-held device. It's a little odd to be talking about the Tablet Wars in advance of these products actually hitting market. - but in today's digital world, that's how fast things are moving. Which makes our job of forecasting a front-runner - a wee bit of a challenge. Pre-orders would be an indicator, but those numbers are being held under close wraps.

So, the best we can do is lay out the facts currently released to the public, and leave it up to the reader as to what product makes the most sense. So based on the specs that have been announced, here's some of the key differential stats that distinguishes these multi-task-multi-media devices:
  • Apple iPad and HP Slate has storage capacity up to 64GB
  • Apple iPad is the lightest at 1.5 lbs.
  • Apple iPad is the only one that doesn't have a camera or webcam
  • The Dell Mini 5 has the smallest screen at 5 inches
  • Joo Joo has the largest screen at 12 inches
  • JooJoo weighs the most at 2.4 lbs
  • JooJoo is only tablet to have no demonstrated way to read ebooks
  • Archos 7 Android is the least expensive
  • Notion Ink Adam has the longest battery life

And here is a Gizmodo's Guide that lists all of the known specs:

Gizmodo's Guide to TabletsGizmodo's Guide to Tablets

As you can see, they have different strengths and weaknesses, some of which will become more evident in the coming months as we learn more from the consumers who actually purchase them.

HP Slate versus Apple iPad

Many feel the two tablets that will scale the fastest and fight for dominance in the marketplace will be HP Slate vs Apple iPad. Here is how to these two shake down going head to head according to































When HP releases their Slate later this year, we do know that the product will act more like a computer complete with a Windows 7 operating system that will be able to handle desktop-level apps and Flash support which means you will be able to view most of the videos on video-sharing Web sites that stream videos online. Major Downside: HP is unproven in convincing the public that it can produce a quality hand-held device.

Here Phil McKinney CTO at Hewlett Packard, walks us through the HP Slate.

The iPad has the time-tested iPhone OS and its mountain of apps, and a serious amount of Apple marketing juice behind it. Major Downside: Not featuring a camera is thought by many to be a major flaw with the Apple iPad. So much so, that I think Jobs and the boys might add one to an upgraded version of the product in the very near future.

For some additional insight regarding the Tablet Wars, Duncan33303, who as a self-proclaimed 'tablet' aficionado provides us with his critique. While a bit of a rambling discourse, he does hit all the hot buttons and answers some additional questions regarding the iPad, the Slate, JooJoo and Dell Mini 5.

Hard to pick a winner? Well keep this in mind, all of these products offer color displays versus a device like Kindle. Kindle, as an eBook reader only features grey-tones. If and when that changes, we might be adding Kindle, Sony Reader and Barnes & Noble's Nook to these Tablet Wars. (for more on that topic, see "Kindle, Sony, Nook vs Apple, Google, Microsoft - One Trick Ponies vs Multimedia Devices")

So while I'm sure we can all remember the MP3 Wars, does anyone still own a Microsoft Zune? Why have Zune media players failed to make even the tiniest of dents in iPod’s market dominance? There are multiple reasons, but one stands out - They’ve been stuck in a hopeless game of catch-up while "iPod" became synonymous with "MP3."

Is that what's going to happen to one of these multi-task, multi-media devices? Might the Dell Mini 5 or the JooJoo go the way of other digital dinosaurs of the past? Time will tell when the Tablet Wars kick into high gear later this year.

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Feb 19, 2010
by Anonymous

Too narrow

The Notion Ink Adam, spec for spec, beats all of it's competitors. It WILL support Flash and already has videos of it doing so.

Too much emphasis is given to the iPad and Slate when they don't even compare to the Adam.

"Kindle, as an eBook reader only features grey-tones. If and when that changes, we might be adding Kindle, Sony Reader and Barnes & Noble's Nook to these Tablet Wars."

Umm... the Adam already does this through Pixel Qi screen technology. Who needs these ereaders when you can watch videos in color and then switch to grey-scale with just a touch of a button? The price would have to be way cheaper than the Adam in order for the sensible consumer to considerate it.

Better graphics, a better processor, every sensor the iPad offers, a swiveling camera, SD, 3G, HDMI, anything you can think of... ALL in the Adam. Plus, they are offering a 1 mil prize app contest too. Why is this not mentioned? Why are we to even be bothered with the iPad and Slate?

Feb 19, 2010
by Anonymous

Adam is the Clear Winner

The combination of the Pixel Qi and the Tegra in a 3G-capable device has me excited about tablets for the first time in years. The iPad is a huge letdown, though I suspect there were a number of concessions made by Apple in exchange for the low price data plans from AT&T.

But it's time for hardware manufacturers to stop letting phone company dinosaurs slow them down. With the competition the Adam can provide, the 2nd generation iPads will probably include the features everyone wanted to begin with (except, I suppose, Flash).

I'm crossing my fingers that the rumored into-Q3 delays don't hit... I'd really like an Adam to carry around this summer.

Mar 2, 2010
by Anonymous

You Forgot

Hey Why you don´t get the viliv series s5, s7, S10 and my preference the x70ex

Mar 6, 2010
by Anonymous

To the Adam astroturfers

I've never heard of the Adam, other the the Colecovision Adam.
But until it hits the stores, I guess your marketing department will be spamming boards everywhere with oddly similar posts about it. It's just vaporware like the joojoo.

Mar 9, 2010
by Anonymous

If you haven't heard of the Adam...

then you haven't been looking very hard. Notion Ink's Adam is all over the net right now. While they can't match Apple's marketing there are plenty of folks like me (I own a MacBook Pro and iPhone as well as a PC) who were seriously disappointed in the iPad. The Adam seems to have all the things that the iPad is missing. But the thing that convinced me is the PixelQi display. I wanted an eReader to take with me when I deploy this summer (I'm in the Army) and the Adam will not only do that job better than the iPad it has flash (for Hulu) as well as a camera (for Skype) and expandable memory.

I am not in any way connected with Notion Ink but I sure hope they do well.

Mar 17, 2010
by Anonymous

osx is more credible?

Sure.. take your locked down pos osx. No problems have been reported with win7. Win7 is a major win.

Apr 1, 2010
by Anonymous


Who are you, really? Steve Ballmer?!

Any of the unix variants is a better choice than another Microsoft turd, even if it is better than Vista.

Vista... Ha ha!!