10. Samsung Sliding PC 7
A Windows 7 tablet that is legitimately intriguing is Samsung's Sliding PC 7. It looks like a normal 10-inch tablet, but includes a slide-out keyboard that turns it into a fully functional laptop. The hardware manages to deftly combine slimness with keyboard usability, based on the demo at CES. For those who don't want to carry both a laptop and a tablet, hybrid devices like this could carve out a new niche. This one has a 1366x768 screen, up to a 64GB solid state drive, 2GB of RAM, and built-in 3G and WiMAX chips. Since it runs all of that hardware and the full version of Windows, battery life will be a concern. It also costs $650 and tablets over $600 have not been very well received by the public.
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I feel that if the tablet will really boom into the enterprise it has to offer more than the Smartphones do. As I see it iPad 2 is more or less an upsized iPhone and that is not enough. I guess without having the possibility to see for myself that the others are very similar in that part. I need a product that can replace my PC/Laptop for most parts except powerediting. I need a tool that can be used for presentations, for textediting and spreadsheets and that can be easily transfered to my server. And sorry to say, it has to be able to edit or att least read office-documents. I need a product that does not store logins by default and that really clears out all the cashed information from my surfing when I close the browser. If I had that, I would buy one.
I was looking forward for the color eInk technology and Pixel Qi's is a promising one. I'm not very keen about an Indian startup though. I also hope to see some devices with Qualcomm's Mirasol technology and/or Philips's Liquavista electrowetting technology - now purchased by Samsung. It is my believe that the future will belong to the non-LCD (ePaper) screens with 5x-10x longer battery life.