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Pics : Four Apple iPad Tablet Clones From China

This was something to be expected fairly soon, Chinese manufacturers frantically pumping out dozens of clones models of Apple's latest icon, the iPad tablet.

We take a look at some of the best currently available on the market complete with pictures! Take an iPod Touch, stuck a keyboard to it and supersize it and you might get that unknown tablet which incidentally looks like a nifty netbook.

It comes with Windows 7, a 10.1-inch screen, a fullsize chiclet keyboard with a "nipple" controller and an Atom N450 processor. The device's finish will remind you of a Macbook although we guess it will be much less classy than the Apple one.

The Mastone Lifepad 3G is a really great looking iPad clone, one that could very well become a familiar name in the realm of iPad lookalikes.

The tablet comes which you can discover here (opens in new tab), comes with a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, which makes it as powerful as the iPad, at least on paper.

The Lifepad 3G has a much smaller 7-inch 800x600 pixel resistive touch screen but adds in USB connectivity, a front camera and Android 2.1 with integrated GPS.

Possibly one of the most accurate clones fo the iPad, the Winpad. It doesn't get much better than this and except for a few new additional features and a much thicker format (though not much compard to the Nokia 5800), the Winpad would possibly pull a smile from Steve Jobs.

Apart from the usual Atom N450 and Windows 7 OS pairing, we know that the Winpad offers only 6 hours worth of battery life, up to 32GB onboard storage, built in accelerators and gravity sensors, two USB ports, SD card slots and a front webcam.

Haleron introduced another iPad clone which it pompously named "The Slate" and to an untrained eye, looks like a slidely squeezed iPod Touch, not a surprise, given its screen ratio. Now Haleron claims that whatever the iPad can do, it will do better.

Yet it fails miserably at several key features. Firstly, its cheapest version costs $599, more than Apple's 16GB entry level model. Then, its webcam is optional and it weighs 900g, finally and possibly the most damaging shortcomings of all, the fact that it has a battery life of three hours. Epic Fail!

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.