iPad, iPad, iPad. TeleRead readers can be excused for thinking that we perhaps focus on the iPad a little too much these days—but on the other hand, when it comes to a large-screen color e-book reading experience, there’s the iPad, and then there’s…well, what is there?
A few months ago, TechCrunch’s CrunchGear section listed 14 possible alternatives to the iPad that were then under production. Writer Matt Burns has now gone back to ask “Where are they now?”
Of the 14, only 7 have made it to release, and most of those proved to be subpar experiences in one way or another. The ones that get the closest to approval are the Axiotron ModBook (a $1849 Macbook kitbashed into tablet form factor) and the $600 Viliv X70 Windows XP tablet (which still has some problems).
Others have been scrapped (the Lenovo Skylight Smartbook), delayed (the Notion Ink Adam), or are simply missing (the HP Slate, the WeTab nee WePad, the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid, the ExoPC).
We’ll certainly be happy to cover the e-reading experience on any tablet-style device. The problem is, there just aren’t that many to choose from right now.