32 iPad competitors coming

If there's any doubt that the iPad is a hit, that can be assuaged by looking at the number of iPad-like competitors hitting the market. Technologizer has posted a list, with images, of 32 "iPadversaries." The most astonishing is the Toshiba Libretto W100. It actually has two screens joined by a hinge. You can perch it like a laptop, and one of the screens becomes a keyboard. Just think, a year ago this market didn't exist, and now it's exploding with creativity. In my mind, all credit goes to Apple's vision, which has helped to spur this creativity.

Making its debut Thursday was the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with Samsung claiming that it's as least as good as the iPad. It has a 7-inch screen, weighs less than a pound, and has front and back cameras. You have to suspect that with all these devices coming out that Apple with refresh its iPad line later this year with a model that will include cameras and other features. Otherwise, the iPad will slip behind.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.