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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.
Despite its slightly disappointing spec, the ViewPad 7 does everything you can do on a smartphone, with a bigger 7in. screen. It's flexible and fun to use, but needs to offer more if it's to compete with the iPad.
The dual-OS ViewPad 10 is a decent, if uninspiring, piece of hardware, but even the relatively touch-friendly Windows 7 can't compete with the slick appeal of iOS on tablets. Android, meanwhile, is hobbled by the lack of mobile connectivity and patchy app support for high-resolution screens.
The 7in. Galaxy Tab is a good media player, and a decent mobile email and document-creation device. However, it's expensive, and the iPad's larger screen may have more appeal for many buyers.
Fujitsu's Lifebook T730 is a neat convertible tablet with an impressive 12.1in. touch-screen and generally good build quality. It's highly configurable, but battery life could be better.
Motion Computing has kitted out its rugged slate-style tablet with an impressive set of components. The sceen is excellent, performance is good and battery life is reasonable. It's not cheap, but field workers should be able to use it with confidence.
The J3500 is a well-specified slate tablet with a stylus- and finger-friendly touchscreen, and a powerful vPro-equipped Core i7 CPU. It's a pricey ruggedised system with an impressive range of options and accessories, but there are still one or two missing features.
If you're in the market for a Tablet PC, take a look at Fujitsu's Lifebook T4410. Some will find it a little heavy, but the dual-mode touchscreen is a real advantage, battery life is good and there are plenty of connectivity options.
The Kindle DX is too large to carry comfortably, and Amazon has made very little effort to customise it for the UK market. We like the ability to download content over the air, but otherwise prefer e-book readers that eschew the bells and whistles.
The PsiXpda deliberately calls to mind a superbly well-designed and popular handheld from the past, but suffers by comparison. It's a good but not great device, the main issues being ergonomics and battery life.