Apple hands iPad rivals an opportunity, but who will take it?

The new iPad is a nice upgrade, but no real breakthrough. Can Android close the gap?

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Is any of that going to push fence-sitters toward Apple's new tablet? I'm not saying the new iPad will flop -- it's going to sell plenty -- but I get the sense there's an "is that all there is?" vibe to the reaction. Of course, you probably could have said the same for the iPhone 4S, and that ended up being Apple's best-selling smartphone.

Still, now that the new iPad has dropped, Android mobile OS developers and tablet manufacturers have time to close the gap, or at least find a comfortable niche in the tablet market, whether it's price- or features-based.

Easy to say, yes, and nobody but Amazon has done it yet (though Barnes & Noble's Nook shows some promise). But you'd think two years into the tablet game, someone besides Apple is figuring it out.

Chris Nerney writes ITworld's Tech Business Today blog. Follow Chris on Twitter at @ChrisNerney. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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