Ultimate Tablet Showdown: iPad vs. PlayBook vs. Galaxy Tab vs. Slate

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The iPad's finally got some competition; in the past few weeks, the HP Slate made a brief appearance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab debuted, and just BlackBerry unveiled its business-minded PlayBook today. Here's how they all measure up:

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It should be noted that there are still some things we don't know about the PlayBook, and the HP Slate specs are taken from a leaked internal document that hasn't yet been officially confirmed.

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Still, the battlefield's a lot more clearly defined than it was when we first compared tablets—both real and rumored—back in January. And as its rivals catch up, the iPad's looking increasingly outgunned.

That's just on the hardware side, though. Apple's still got three major advantages that opponents haven't made up much space on: iOS, the App Store, and a huge head start. It's going to take more than a pair of HD cameras to overcome that.

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This is so out of character for me, but...

You show Apple as the winner for Apps. Yet the HP Slate has every program available that supports Windows 7. As much as I like to see Apple win at things, isn't the diversity of Windows apps far greater than the App stores offering? Even if you split hairs about App store offerings being specifically made for tabletesque devices, iPad specific apps aren't exactly overflowing from the store yet.