THE TABLET RIVALS WHAT IS THE COMPETITION LIKE?

Samsung Galaxy Tab
The number one rival to the all conquering iPad is the Galaxy Tab. The 8.9 inch version offers something Apple doesn’t – it will fit into your pocket. It’s a well built machine but the £400 price tag is steep.

BlackBerry Playbook
Blackberry promised much with the PlayBook, including true multi-tasking between applications. Unfortunately, lack of 3G and a whopping price tag meant nobody bothered to buy one.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Running the latest version of Android and coming equipped with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, this is one of the most adept rivals to the Surface. Android fans should look no further.

Motorola Xoom 2
The original Xoom was the first Android tablet, so the Xoom has had plenty of time to gestate. It’s light and relatively speedy and the screen is crisp. The problem is, it lacks a discernable reason to buy it over an iPad.