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New Sony tablets could be iPad's first real test

Asher Moses, SMH | Sept. 1, 2011
Sony is serving up a real competitor to the iPad 2, presenting Apple's new CEO Tim Cook with his first big test after Steve Jobs stepped down.

Wired Magazine had a hands-on test of the tablets and found the Tablet S was fast, "supremely comfortable to hold", had a "lovely" screen and the wedge shape made it easier to type. The Tablet P's clamshell design was great for reading books and playing games and made the device more portable.

Other electronics companies are trying to differentiate their tablets from the iPad as well. On Tuesday, Lenovo launched a "business-oriented" tablet that comes with a stylus.

Acer today launched its Iconia Tab A100, which has a smaller 7-inch screen but includes a fast dual-core Nvidia 1GHz processor and Android 3.2. It will be available this month for $479.

In the US, AT&T announced it would begin selling the 10.1-inch HTC Jetstream tablet, which looks similar to an iPad. It is not clear when it will launch in Australia. (with AP)


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