All this talk of an incoming army of Android tablets does raise a rather important question: what exactly is a tablet computer supposed to be for?
If your own answer is "I want to use it to read books on," then Android tabs could have a serious competitor in the form of the latest Kindle (Amazon link), in all its super-thin slate grey monochrome sleekness. After all, it does have the right type of screen for it - readable in direct sunlight, and without producing eyestrain from the glare... because there is no glare.
The first couple of generations of Kindle didn't appeal hugely, probably because they looked too much like a plastic orbital transport ship from a 1970s Star Wars toy set, but also because (as with Sony's effort, which I tried very hard, but struggled, to like lots) the page update was just too slow.
And a "proper" keyboard on an ebook reader just seems wrong. Here's a keyboard on a device that's solely for reading; while devices that are more for sending emails etc (ipads, Android tabs) have no keyboard. The universe just seems all messed up.
But the latest Kindle incarnation, just released in the UK, finally lands the Kindle in "desirable" territory - even though the physical keyboard is still there. The page update speed is also much improved, as is the screen contrast.
(Of course, I *have* to buy one, so as to test Fingerpress ebooks out on there. It's a hard life... Actually mine was just dispatched yesterday - to be honest, I'm all excited and can't wait for it to turn up).
The new Kindle has the advantage that it does one thing, and does it extremely well - as long as reading a book is what you want to do.
If, on the other hand, you answered "I want to use my tablet device to watch movies on," or "browse the web", "send emails" etc, then naturally Android's still your tin man.