New iPad vs. ASUS Transformer Infinity (Android) vs. BlackBerry Playbook 2.0

Apple announced the new iPad at their event today, but how does it compare to the recently announced Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich-packing ASUS Transformer Infinity, and the just updated PlayBerry PlayBook 2.0?

Pretty damn well, actually. The display is best in class, as we expected, and the LTE 4G networking puts it on par with Android tablets. The cameras, especially the still VGA (?!) front facing cameras, don't win the megapixel war, but we'll have to see how well they shoot in the real world. ASUS provides more in the way of ports, of course, with micro-SD and micro-HDMI. The PlayBook is compact enough to cary in a jacket pocket.

Still, if the bar is set at simplicity and pure technology, the new iPad clears it  - with room to spare. Android still wins on flexibility, and a more desktop-like user experience. PlayBook is both small and inexpensive.

We will certainly being pitting the new iPad against the competition in a much more comprehensive manner once we get our hands on one...stay tuned.