Photos: The 10 hottest tablets of 2011

7. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

The original Samsung Galaxy Tab was a 7-inch tablet that jumped the gun on Android tablets before Google was ready but it also offered the first legitimate challenge to the iPad. If it wasn't so expensive ($600), it might have faired even better than the respectable sales numbers that it posted. Samsung's second try at the tablet market looks a lot more potent. Running the official Android tablet OS this time, Samsung is preparing to launch 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch versions of the Galaxy Tab in mid-2011. The 8.9-inch model could prove to be the most attractive, since it's a little smaller than the 10-inch tablets like the iPad and the Xoom, which can be slightly awkward to hold and enter data. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has a great price tag -- $439 for the Wi-Fi model -- and Samsung is making these tablets very friendly for enterprise buyers.

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Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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