Not everyone wants an iPad Air or iPad Mini. In fact, many Apple haters would argue no one needs an iDevice, when there are so many other great options. Happily, if you’re looking for an alternative there truly are plenty of compelling options — many that cost less than Apple’s slates. Google and Amazon offer full-featured slates for $229. ASUS even comes in at a very compelling $149. Those willing to spend more will find a host of versatile tablets, from models with detachable keyboards to those that offer pen input. There are even kid-friendly specific options for parents who want to raise a tech-savvy child. And while all of those options are Android options, there are Windows 8 tablets hitting the shelves that might worth a second look. Here are our top 10 iPad alternatives.
Microsoft stepped up its tablet game with the Surface Pro 2. For $999, you get an attractive magnesium alloy design, a vivid and responsive 1080p touch screen and loud and clear audio. The improved active stylus allows you to draw from almost any angle. In addition to 8 hours and 2 minutes of battery life, this slate is faster than similarly configured Ultrabooks.