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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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.