according to Mac Rumors Apple is developing a tablet. (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/01/17/full-video-ipod-in-2007-and-mac-tablet-in-2008/) If Apple isn't than Axiotron should do it. According to the rumor the Tablet Mac is targeted for the research and education markets. I have been working in research since over 15 years. I worked in academia and in the industry. Coming from this background I will be giving below the specifications of a device that I would like. I strongly believe that many in academia and research grave for such a device. I do read a lot of scientific publications. I use my desktop computer in my office to do the literature search and to download the publications in PDF form from an online source. Currently I print the papers and read the hardcopies. In my office hundreds of publications are stacked. This practice costs a lot of paper and ink. Considering that almost all scientists in academia and industrial research have stacks of publications in their office one can imagine how much money could be saved with a useful device that would eliminate this practice. Such a devise would not only save money but also make reading publications more convenient. One wouldn't have to carry hardcopies around anymore. Imagine, the only thing one would need to carry to the cafe, or during commute or during a business trip would be the tablet. Such a tablet would also allow people to follow a presentation while it is given at e.g at a scientific conference. That would open the possibility to take notes to each slide of the presentation. Some people today follow presentations and take notes using their laptops but most people still use paper and pen. Using a tablet would be more efficient and effective. Another useful function for this tablet would be the ability to take hand written notes. Scientists do have a lot of meetings. People take notes during meetings. As during conferences a few people today use computers most still even in Silicon Valley use paper and pen. Rounding up the functionality of the tablet would be wireless internet access using a browser like Safari. In summary the perfect tablet for scientists would have wireless capability to enable search and download of publications from the internet. It would have the ability to read as well as to highlight text in PDF publications and is has the capability to take handwritten notes. Finally the inclusion of Endnote would turn the device into a well rounded mobile study and note taking tool. The perfect companion for any academic, student or industrial scientist. Here are my specifications: 1. The screen size of the device should be US letter or just a little bit smaller. 2. The style and thickness of the device should be like an iPod nano and weight less than 1 kg. 3. Software: File manager (Finder), Web browser, PDF reader for reading, highlighting & notes, simple text editor for notes, Endnote 4. Hardware: flash drive, bluetooth, wireless lan I really hope that such a device will enter the market soon. I am already waiting since years for such a thing. If I look at the types of tablets that are available today it reminds me of the days before the iPod. For the iPod I also had to wait years.