Iím also thinking of buying a tablet this holiday season.
Iím looking for a 7-inch device that can run the big three ereader apps: Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Iíve narrowed the choices to the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, Iconia A100, and HTC Flyer. However, each has its issues. I read in an MTR review (Aug 2011) that the Iconia A100 cannot run the current Kindle app and has bad viewing angles. I heard that Samsung is in court battles with Apple in Germany and Australia over the fate of the Galaxy Tab. Not sure how that will affect its availability stateside. And lastly, I heard that the HTC Flyer runs Gingerbread, rather than the 7-inch optimized Honeycomb, with little chance of an upgrade.
I will mainly be reading ebooks from Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, etc., but would like to Skype or play some videos, though not a high priority.
I have not heard any further news about the 7-inch Toshiba Thrive this late in the holiday season (Dec 2011).
My front-runners are the Galaxy Tab and the HTC Flyer, but Iím open to suggestions and can wait for prices to drop. Opinions?