Yes, there are iPad alternatives
Laugh if you must at the suggestion that one should consider an iPad alternative, but there are real people who will choose a different option. And that's just fine.
A week ago, just after Donald Bell posted his positive review of the
Over the weekend I began to receive reader e-mails asking me what the point of such a list was. The iPad was the best, of course, so suggesting that there could be alternatives was unhelpful and irresponsible. More readers commented on the post itself. As commenter "Segal2011" put it, "Only a sucker would buy one of those tablets. I'd hate to be Kent German when someone follows his advice and buys one of these devices only to find out they are not an alternative to the iPad."
As your mother might have said, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. But I don't hate being me and I don't feel any shame about offering CNET readers a range of tablet options. It's very true that the
Sure, some products are better than others, but I wouldn't want to live in a world where we all use the same gadget. Not only would I be out of a job, but it would be a pretty boring marketplace if every tablet was exactly the same. And to use dime-store philosophy, if everything was the same then how would we really know what was good?
So go easy on the people that just don't want to buy an iPad. Even if the iPad really is the best tablet ever, people have a right not to buy it. And if they buy something else, they're not losers or ignorant. They are just choosing a product that appeals to them. And there's nothing wrong with that.