I really like the full-size SDXC/SDHC feature of the Thrive. For 16GB, they're about $5 cheaper than microSDHC, but are about $20 cheaper if you move to 32GB. They also offer 64GB, which microSDHC doesn't.
Another thing I like is the mid-size screen of the Archos 80. Like 13" laptops, the 7" tablets are more portable, but too small to serve their purpose. On the other side, 17" laptops and 10" tablets are awesome, but the sacrifice is they become cumbersome. I'd rather have the tablet version of a 15" -Goldilocks- laptop.
Around 8.5" or 8" is about as small a screen can be (8.5" in 3:4 = 5.1" x 6.8") and still get the Internet experience and play higher-graphics games, but the overall size also needs to fit in pockets/purses. If they could get the overall length under 8" and width under 6", it should fit in coats, cargo pant's pockets and average purses, instead of having to hand-carry or briefcase like the 10" tablets.
One feature I'd love to see is the ability to select and modify internal memory. A tablet only available with 8GB of fixed memory to support all programs and basic use would be perfectly fine if the buyer could choose the expansion memory. The Toshiba Thrive has a removable backing that allows access to add an extra battery. I figure the same type setup to access an internal Compact Flash slot protected from elements and theft, in addition to the external SD slot.
An equivalent CF cost about the same as full-size SDHC. Like full-size SDHC, they come in sizes up to 64GB and a few 128GB have even been made. But the real advantage is the significantly higher performance ceiling; up to six times faster read/write than the best SDHC - if you're willing to pay for it. Not necessary for regular use, but essential if you want to shoot higher quality video with your tablet or run heavy programs. For those that just want more memory and internal protection, a lower speed (x133) 8GB to 32GB ($20-$60) CF would write the same as a SDHC, but read twice as fast.
Last edited by Boomhauer; 06-26-2011 at 10:41 PM..