Super slates: Tablets with a little something extra

What does it take to compete against the Apple iPad? We've rounded up our favorite tablets with unique features that set them apart from the iPad and each other.

Photo of G-Slate tablet
Want a tablet that does something the iPad can't? You've come to the right place. Josh P. Miller

When you're up against the Apple iPad, you need more than just a cool name and a low price. You need a hook. You need a feature that no one else has--not even Apple.

Whether it's the waterproof design of the Pantech Element, the stereoscopic camera on the back of the T-Mobile G-Slate (shown right), or the remote control IR blaster integrated into the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, tablet makers have really shown remarkable inventiveness when it comes to giving their slates a little something extra.

To honor these creative efforts, we've rounded up our favorite tablets that set themselves apart with a killer feature or design that Apple has yet to match.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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