Best tablet PCs: 5 top iPad alternatives

Our pick of the top tablets now available

Laptops are so last season; these days it's all about the portable and the prod-able. Get up to date with our pick of the top tablets you can buy right now.

Apple iPadApple iPad
From £429,
T3's gadget of the year 2010, Apple's daddy tablet takes everything we love about the iPhone and repackages it all behind a 9.7" multitouch touchscreen. Available with or without 3G, Jobs calls this "the best browsing experience you'll ever have" - if you don't use Flash, that is.
Apple iPad review | Best iPhone/iPad apps

Dell StreakDell Streak
Dell's new 5-inch Streak is an Android device, combining the functionality of a smartphone, a tablet PC, a digital camera and a satnav into a sleek, sexy package. Whisper it quietly, but there's there's even a few surprises in there to give the almighty Apple iPad a run for its money.
Dell Streak review | Best Android apps

JooJoo Tabletjoojoo
£319 ,
A linux-based tablet sporting a 12.1" HD touchscreen and a start up time of 10 seconds, the joojoo is significantly cheaper than an iPad, but niggles include a disappointingly sluggish user interface and, crushingly, no downloadable apps.
joojoo review | Best apps

Archos TabletArchos Internet Tablet 5
From £247,
The original non-phone bit of tech to run Google's Android OS, the Archos 5 packs a 4.1" touchscreen and two HDMI ports for 720p video playback. There's no 3G, but connect this Archos 5 to your mobile via bluetooth and you can piggyback on its connection for browsing on the go.
Archos Internet Tablet 5 review | Best Android apps

Lenovo IdeapadLenovo Ideapad U1
We know it's not technically released yet, but the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 gets an honorary 'coming soon' mention for reinventing both the tablet and the netbook. A classic must-have gadget geek’s toy, it’s an 11.6-inch Windows 7 netbook whose screen can be removed and used as a linux tablet.
Lenovo Ideapad U1 review | Best apps