So with all these tablets around, how about one for the kiddies? Nope, we're not talking some Fisher Price or V-Tech concoction but something that should genuinely help those in poor climes.
OLPC are a maker you may not have heard of before - they're not massively well known to consumers as they're specialists who tend to sell to governments rather than on the high street. It stands for One Laptop Per Child. And they have something exciting in the form of their next XO Tablet - the XO 3.0 - which'll be shown off at CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week.
The cool thing here is the way the tablet is charged. It can rely on solar energy but also on a hand crank which means that the more physical energy the wee bambino puts in, the more he or she will get out. One minute of hand cranking, for example, will keep the XO 3.0 running about ten mins. Inside, there's Wi-Fi SOC, 512MB RAM and a Marvell Armada PXA618 SOC processor.
The actual unit is probably set to be about $100 (US) but it won't be available in stores as far as we know. With the whole point in OLPC being to bring technology to kids in developing countries, it's unlikely you'll even see one in Blighty. But this 8-inch baby should help some students get a decent education - and hopefully a better life.