I never thought I'd see the day when Microsoft would produce something sexy, but dang:Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet (Gizmodo)
I could see a day in the not-too-distant future where it is fairly standard for people to have sort of a Goldilocks-and-the-Three-Bears computing array. A smartphone, a folio-sized collaborative and convergent media device like this (somewhere between netbook, e-reader, and PIM), and then their full-sized workhorse machine. Small, medium, and large, depending on the task. Or maybe things will eventually get powerful enough that the convergent machine will be the main machine. Who knows?
In any case, this looks quite appealing. I like the idea of an e-reader, but it feels too limited ... maybe I'm porting Alton Brown's attitude about no unitaskers in the kitchen, but if I'm going to shell out money for a device and create electronic waste by doing so, I feel that it needs to do more than one thing. I require versatility, rather than carting around a lot of different single-purpose devices.
This looks like it has potential.
Thanks to my sweetie for guiding me to it.