If you want to jump on the tablet bandwagon but do not want to sell your soul to Apple or break the bank there is an DIY outfit which is flogging kit you might be interested in.
For $400, Liquidware will flog you its Beagle Embedded Starter kit which comes with everything required to build a Linux-powered tablet computer.
If you are up to the tinkering you can even make it andriodish if you want to and wow people at parties.
For just shy of $400, Liquidware provides a 4.3-inch OLED touchscreen and a BeagleBoard. The BeagleBoard is a Texas Instruments single board computer powered by a 1GHz processor. There is also a 4GB SD card to boot Angstrom Linux and a BeagleJuice battery module.
The beast is light and weighs in at eight ounces, and unlike the expensive iPad it has a USB port and power switch. Battery life is a bit low. It can only manage six to eight hours between charges and has only a 4.3-inch OLED touchscreen. No mention of wi-fi or a mobile connection.
Liquidware thinks that its DIY tablet is intended for embedded developers working on mobile applications so not for the great unwashed. Still it looks simple enough to make on a wet Sunday afternoon.