The iPad alternative

We were all excited about the launch of the iPad in the Esquire office, don’t get us wrong. Not queuing overnight to buy it excited, but still. Fast forward two months and the increasingly frequent sight of iPad owners smugly pulling their new tablet out on the train is starting to grate. Which is why we are recommending the anti-iPad instead.

The display is slightly smaller, at a still impressive 8.6 inches, and there is no backlighting to speak of, but this is more than made up for in the clarity of the image and the classic design aesthetic. It also comes complete with revolutionary shake-to-delete technology and unparalleled aluminium powder screen responsiveness.

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Ok, it's an Etch-a-Sketch. But with unlimited power resources, a £14.99 price tag and a pedigree of quality illustrated by the fact it is celebrating its 5oth anniversary this month, we suggest you'll get a far more positive response from fellow commuters than its £500 rival.

Classic Etch-a-Sketch, available from toy retailers,£14.99

Words by Angharad Jones