Who is the real contender for the number 2 spot in the tablet market? It's still a bit early in the game and none of these devices has made a significant impact on the market (in fact some have yet to launch) yet I think we know enough for some educated guess work. My line of thought is focused on the US Market and some of the logic I'm posting hear may not carry over to other markets. I do not see Motorola or Samsung gaining significant market share any time soon. It's not that I don't think that Honcycomb devices will not do well, the OS shows promise and Android smart phones have done exceedingly well. The problem I see for Android based tablets is one of differentiation. I have not seen anything that leads to the believe either Motorola, Samsung or any other manufacurer stands out enough to be the Go-To Honeycomb tablet. Another issue facing Motorola, Samsung, Acer, HTC, etc is that none of them has much brand presence in the US beyond making cell phones. The next two players have some advantages over the Honeycomb based tablets. Both HP and RIM have an established market presence as IT companies. More importantly both are firmly established names in the corporate world. This is significant because its a market in which Apple has yet to make significant inroads. In other words you can dominate corporate sales without having to compete directly with the iPad. HP could have another advantage over Honeycomb tablets, namely Web OS. While the Palm Pre was not well received Web OS was more highly regarded, particularly for its notification system. There may be compelling reasons to choose Web OS over Honeycomb and if Web OS is your choice then its HP or nothing. RIM stands apart from the rest of the players by offering a 7" rather than a 10" form factor. While many may judge the Playbook's size as a disadvantage others will find its smaller size to be ideal. The Playbook's smaller size gives RIM another advantage, they do not have to compete directly with the iPad to be sucessful. At the moment I'm torn between RIM and HP as the primary contender for the number two spot in the tablet market. If I had to make a call I might give the edge to HP since they are in a better position to offer their product at a loss in order to build market position. -- This message was composed with PhatWare WritePad.