The iPad hit a major milestone this week; its 2 millionth sale. That is an absolutely staggering number when one considers the state of the tablet market prior to the iPad's launch. This news will certainly justify celebrations over at Cupertino, although there will be a definite pall on the festivities.
Computex 2010 saw the first signs of real competition for Apple's tablet. The Asus Eee Pad has a larger screen, faster processor, and the same (claimed) battery life. While this tablet is still at an early stage, it looks on-track to provide a real fight for the iPad.
The MSI WindPad 100 and 110 both deserve some serious consideration as well. The 110 packs a Tegra 2 processor and runs Android, it will cost $399. The 100 will pack an Atom processor and run Windows 7. It will cost around $499. Expect HDMI-out and USB ports on both models, in addition to a 10” capacitive touchscreen. Rumors place launch around the end of the year.
Both of these upcoming slates have a lot going for them. Whether either will be able to take on Apple's juggernaut has yet to be seen. Until we hear more about Notion Ink's Adam, the WindPad and Eee Pad are the definite frontrunners for an iPad killer.