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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Kindle Fire, Asus EeePad… tablet alternatives to Apple iPad 3

The tablet market is set to a get a little more crowded this year, with a bunch of new devices making their way to our stores over the next couple of months.

The one word on most people’s minds when they think of upcoming tablets will be Apple, closely followed by another word: iPad.

The iPad 3 is due for release in March or possibly even February, if some reports are to be believed. But what are the tablet alternatives to Apple?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Despite being unveiled last year, we’re yet to get details of a UK release date for Samsung’s latest tablet offering.

It can’t come soon enough, as this ultra-light, ultra-slim device is set to be one of the tablets of the year. There will also be a 1.4GHz processor under the hood.

The first ever tablet to come with a Super AMOLED Plus display, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 delivers a beautifully crisp picture and amazing colours.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Another tablet yet to be released in the UK, the Amazon Kindle Fire has been making waves over in the US, shifting an estimated four million units.

When it comes to specs, the Kindle Fire is always going to struggle against its main competitors. With a 1GHz processor and just 8BG of internal memory, it leaves a lot to be desired.

But let’s not forget the price, which will be Amazon’s biggest weapon in the battle with pretty much every other tablet out there. Expected to be around the £200 mark, the Kindle Fire will be a very tempting alternative to the eye watering Apple price tags.

Asus EeePad Transformer Prime

Released earlier this month, the Transformer Prime is a great new take on the tablet design we have come to know and love.

With a detachable keyboard, this feels like a tablet you can use just like a laptop. The specs are impressive too, with a quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor. Apple will really need to impress with the iPad 3!