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The vertical market-oriented Motion CL900 is quite heavy, but the trade-off is a rugged build quality that's absent from run-of-the-mill Windows 7 tablets. Lack of performance may be an issue for some potential buyers, but battery life is good and there are plenty of useful accessories on offer.
We like the idea of running Android and Windows on the same tablet, and the ViewPad 10pro's Android-in-Windows implementation has merit. However, ViewSonic needs to polish up a few aspects of this tablet, notably its performance and battery life.
Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 has a functional and robust design. We appreciate the removable battery, while the Infinity Lounge Windows 7 overlay has potential. However, performance is mediocre and internal storage sparse. There should also be a housing on the chassis for the stylus.
The Motorola Xoom is a solidly built 10.1in. Android tablet, although it lacks accessories, uses a proprietary charging cable and offers little in the way of software extras.
You don't care about the OS, you just want a touchscreen phone. Isn't it lucky then that we've corralled all our top-scoring phones into this one round-up for you?
HTC's 7in. Flyer is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but more expensive and, 'magic' pen aside, has little new to offer.
In the market for a tablet? Here's a quick run through of our favourites so far.
Acer's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet is nicely styled, but errs on the bulky and heavy side. Performance and battery life are competitive, but you can find better value for money elsewhere.
We are impressed with this Android 3.0 tablet/notebook hybrid, which works well in both modes. It combines a high-quality screen with good battery life in a generally pleasing design. The only real drawback is the current dearth of tablet-optimised apps.
The 12.5in. ThinkPad X220 Tablet is a typically solid design, although an internal optical drive option would be welcome while the buttonless touchpad could take some getting used to.
The Iconia Tab W500 lacks CPU muscle, has limited internal storage and is unwieldy when paired with the optional keyboard dock. Acer's Ring overlay can be ignored if need be, but Windows 7 just isn't finger-friendly enough to function well in tablet format.
The fully rugged Getac V200 has a solid chassis and exemplary protection for ports and connectors. The rotating webcam, LifeSupport battery-swapping capability, plus optional GPS and mobile broadband are ideal for use in the field.
Huawei has given the S7 tablet a pleasing design and, for the most part, made sensible compromises to keep the price down. However, we'd prefer to see a more up-to-date version of Android and longer battery life.
Panasonic's rugged, touchscreen-equipped Toughbook CF-C1 is a specialist (and pricey) convertible Tablet PC. However, it lacks both an optical drive and a webcam, and it'll take a while to get used to the keyboard's small space bar. Dual hot-swap batteries are welcome though.
The convertible 10.1in. Lifebook T580 has a small footprint but is relatively bulky. Battery life is good, but the keyboard may prove too cramped for some users and the price is high.