6. B&N Nook Color
The Barnes & Noble Nook Color e-reader recently got an update to Android 2.2 and its own app store, which has turned it into a viable low-cost tablet. Some will argue against it since it has a heavy-handed UI forced on top of Android and doesn't run the full Android Market app store. But, I couldn't leave this little 7-inch tablet off the list. It has a great form factor -- thin and easy in the hands -- and you can't beat the price at $249. Plus, if you're highly technical, you can hack it into a full Android tablet.
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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.