Hewlett Packard has requested a trademark on PALMPAD. Lenovo will reportedly have a “LePad” Internet tablet out by the end of the year (to go with its earlier “LePhone” smartphone, only available in China, no doubt). Meanwhile, Dell is pushing its new 5” Streak tablet. (Interesting name for a tablet. Will someone name their tablet the Thumbprint, I wonder?)
Considering these three potential competitors, it seems the state of iPad alternatives has gone from “where are they now?” to “what’s coming up?” Wired suggests these tablets may well find a market, though it does not appear likely they will topple the iPad’s dominance any time soon.