The iPad hype is the main driver in popularity of tablet PCs. Undeniably, iPad is the most popular tablet with over 17 Million units sold from last year. Other manufacturers already ride in the competition and unveiled their tablets, most of which address the shortcomings of the Apple tablet.

On our previous post about the list of hottest ipad competitors, we have the following:

• Samsung Galaxy Tab – the 7-inch Android 2.2 Froyo tablet from Samsung
• HP Slate 500 – The Windows slate tablet of HP
• Blackberry Playbook
• Dell Streak – a petite tablet from dell
• The JooJoo – perfect for users who prefer the Linux environment

New tablets with exciting features are introduced in the market to cope with the competition. Also, some manufacturers of tablets mentioned above introduced new versions or unveiled new tablets.

Here is the latest list of iPad hottest competitors:

The Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom
This large screen tablet is the first device to officially run under the latest Android Operating System – Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It boasts a computing power courtesy of the dual core processor equipped in it. The Xoom is 4G ready. Its default 3G connectivity can be upgraded to the faster 4G should the user see fit.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab was deemed to be one of the best iPad competitors as it addresses most of the iPad’s lapses – lack of cameras, no tethering, no flash, no SMS and voice call capabilities.

The 7-inch Galaxy Tab might be quite small for many users. Here comes the next version of the Galaxy Tab, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This is a large screen version of the Galaxy Tab and packed with the latest Android OS as well as other apps. This tablet also boasts a dual core processor.

HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad
The HP TouchPad dimensions are very close to that of iPad’s. This HP tablet runs on WebOS, an operating system that boasts user interface and support to latest web technologies. Its speedy browser is also one of its main highlights.

Comparison

Motorola Xoom Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 HP TouchPad
OS Android 3.0 Honeycomb Android 3.0 Honeycomb WebOS 3.0
Processor 1.0 GHz dual core processor 1.0 GHz Tegra dual core processor 1.2 GHz Snapdragon dual core processor
Storage 32 GB 16GB or 32GB 16GB or 32GB
Screen 10.1”Touchscreen1280x800 pixels 10.1”Touchscreen1280x800 pixels 9.7”Touchscreen1024 x 768  pixels
Dimensions (9.81) x (6.61) x (0.51) inches (9.69) x (6.7) x (0.43) inches (9.45) x (7.45) x (0.54) inches
Connectivity WiFi, USB 2.0, Bluetooth WiFi, USB 2.0, Bluetooth WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0
Battery 10 Hrs 10 hrs
Cameras 5 Megapixel rear2 Megapixel front 5 Megapixel rear2 Megapixel front 1.3 Megapixel front